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PoemTalk 82: on Carl Rakosi's 'In What Sense I Am I'

Posted 10/31/2014

Earlier this week we launched the eighty-second episode in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which focused on Carl Rakosi's poem, "In What Sense I Am I." For this special episode, recorded in Chicago, the panel included (from left to right in the photo at left) Laura Goldstein, host Al Filreis, Anthony Madrid, and Don Share.

In a post on the PoemTalk blog, Filreis begins by discussing the poem's provenance: "The poem appeared in Rakosi's Collected Poems in the mid-1980s, but otherwise the group was not able to date the poem except through internal evidence — and there's plenty of that — although taken all together such evidence leaves things open — for instance, the reference to Eliot's Prufrock. Led by Anthony in particular (who worked out lineation and grammar in an experimental way) the group also pondered the style of line and stanza to guess at whether the poem is early or late. Al insisted on late, influenced not just by the theme of remoteness from self but also by the event in which our recording of Rakosi performing this poem was made. It was a day or two after Rakosi had turned ninety-nine years of age, an audiocast bringing Rakosi's voice into the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia and thence out to the world of live Internet listeners. We hear the voice of a very elderly poet remembering how the self gets membered in the writing, 'barely discernible' (both Prufrock and himself) and 'seemingly ageless.'" You can read the rest of his introduction on Jacket2.


PoemTalk is a co-production of PennSound, the Kelly Writers House, Jacket2 and the Poetry Founddation. If you're interested in more information on the series or want to hear our archives of previous episodes, please visit the PoemTalk blog, and don't forget that you can subscribe to the series through the iTunes music store.


Harriet Monroe: New Author Page

Posted 10/28/2014

Our own Chris Mustazza has uncovered some very exciting and rare vintage recordings of Harriet Monroe, the founding editor of Poetry magazine, recorded more than eighty years ago. Here's his description of his finds:

Harriet Monroe was recorded reading her poetry at Columbia University on January 29, 1932. The recording, made by Barnard professor W. Cabell Greet, was one of the first recordings in a series that came to be known as The Contemporary Poets Series, which began with the recording of Vachel Lindsay in 1931 (available here in PennSound). Several of Greet's recordings were later released on distribution LPs, produced by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), for pedagogical purposes and distributed to schools on a subscription basis. These recordings of Monroe were never released (the reason why is unclear at this time). While there is still research to be done as to how Monroe came to be recorded in this session, it seems likely that Vachel Lindsay would have been the connection between Greet and Monroe. Monroe and Lindsay collaborated over the years, including Monroe writing the introduction for Lindsay's The Congo and Other Poems and her publication of him in Poetry magazine. Lindsay died less than two months before these recordings we made, and so may have helped to arrange the recording session before his death. This is the first time the recordings, originally made on two aluminum records, are being distributed to the public. PennSound wishes to thank the staff at Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for their help in obtaining and digitizing these recordings, as well as Ann Monroe, for giving us permission, on behalf of the Monroe family, to distribute them.

You might also recall Mustazza's Jacket2 "Provenance Report" on the aforementioned NCTE Lindsay recordings from earlier this spring. To listen to these new recordings, click the title above.


Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good at KWH, 2014

Posted 10/27/2014

The one and only Bernadette Mayer was in town recently for a very busy day at our own Kelly Writers House.

First, Mayer participated in a live webcast conversation with participants in the free, open online course called ModPo, which can be viewed here.

Next, she recorded a session of PoemTalk focusing on the poem "February" by James Schuyler. That will be released at some point in the relatively near future.

Finally, in the evening, she gave a reading with Philip Good, which you can watch and listen to here. Full descriptions of the day's events can be found here.

From left to right: Erica Kaufman, Julia Bloch, Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good at the Kelly Writers House, October 21, 2014.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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