Featured resources

  1. Charles Bernstein -
    St. McC. MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka -
    Against Bourgeois Art MP3
  3. Michael Palmer -
    Lies of the Poem MP3
  4. Henry Hills -
    Money MOV
  5. Barrett Watten -
    "I dreamed of a group of sociable foxes in the basement" MP3
  6. Steve McCaffery -
    The Baker Transformation MP3
  7. Bruce Andrews -
    Feature MP3
  8. Jackson Mac Low -
    Feeling Down Clementi Felt Imposed Upon From Every Direction (HSCH 10) MP3
  9. Ron Silliman -
    Quindecagon MP3
  10. Rod Smith -
    This is Such Total Bullshit MP3
  11. Rachel Blau Duplessis -
    Draft 72: Nanifesto MP3
  12. K. Silem Mohammad -
    Sonnet 154: The little love god lying once asleep MP3

Selected by Brian Ang (read more about his choices here)

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New at Jacket2: Amiri Baraka Interviewed in 2010

Posted 9/15/2014

Today at Jacket2 we launched a very exciting new interview by Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich — you might recall his all-encompassing interview with Bruce Andrews that we published two years ago — with the legendary Amiri Baraka. Subtitled "To Understand It As a Worker and Understand It As an Intellectual," this interview is, Büscher-Ulbrich believes, "the last scholarly interview with Amiri Baraka before his saddening passing on January 9, 2014." He continues: "Baraka here tackles subjects such as radical politics and aesthetics, Marxism and class struggle (in music), vanguardism, Black Arts poetry performance and activism, language writing, the modernist epic mode, and responses to 'Somebody Blew Up America' as well as anti-colonial and United Front politics." As the photo above attests, "although Amiri had originally given me 'one hour,' we all spent the rest of that sweet afternoon together, drinking strong coffee, eating strawberries (!), and talking radical politics, while Coltrane, Sanders, Shepp, et al. were taking turns and blowing choruses throughout."

After you've had a chance to read Büscher-Ulbrich's marvelous interview, don't forget to check out PennSound's Amiri Baraka author page , which is home to a modest collection of recordings spanning five decades, from a pair of powerful readings by a young LeRoi Jones in the mid-1960s to a 2007 appearance on Cross Cultural Poetics.

Happy Birthday, Jackson Mac Low!

Posted 9/12/2014

September 12th would have been the ninety-second birthday of the one and only Jackson Mac Low, and that's as good a reason as any to revisit some of the recordings housed on his PennSound author page.

There you'll find a wide array of audio and video spanning four decades, from the 1970s up till just a few months before his death in December 2004. In addition to numerous readings — including seven Segue Series sets, recordings from the St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Living Theater, the Line Reading Series, PhillyTalks, the Radio Reading Project, the Orono 40s conference, and more — along with talks from the St. Mark's Talks series, SUNY-Buffalo, the New Langton Arts Center, and LINEbreak, videos from Public Access Poetry and Mac Low's 75th birthday festschrift, and numerous complete album releases (often with Anne Tardos). You'll also want to check out the 2008 book launch event for Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works, which features Tardos, Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Drew Gardner, Joan Retallack, Chris Mason, and others, ass well as PoemTalk #46 on Mac Low's "Words nd Ends from Ez." Finally, you'll find links to Mac Low's EPC author page, which is home to numerous texts, interviews, and tributes.

PoemTalk 80: on Tom Leonard's "Three Texts for Tape: The Revolt of Islam"

Posted 9/9/2014

Today we launched the eightieth episode in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which discusses Tom Leonard's "Three Texts for Tape: The Revolt of Islam." The panel for this program featured a pair of Philadelphians — host Al Filreis and Jenn McCreary — along with a pair of visitors from Washington state: Leonard Schwartz and Joe Milutis.

In a post on the PoemTalk blog, Filreis begins by explaining the origins of the piece under consideration: "The piece is part of a work called 'Three Texts for Tape,' which was recorded by Leonard at his home in Glasgow in 1978 on the poet's TEAC A-3340S reel-to-reel tape deck. The part of the project discussed in this episode of PoemTalk is 'Shelley's "Revolt of Islam."' In this piece, Leonard repeatedly — although in voices ranging across class, age, and elocutionary mode — performs stanza 22 of canto 8 of Percy Shelley's twelve-canto, 5000-line poem." He continues, "In Shelley's 'The Revolt of Islam' Laon and Cythna incite a revolution to topple the despotic ruler of the fictional nation of Argolis, who seems to stand in for the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It's generally agreed that the poem's narrative has nothing apparently to do with Islam in particular, but it has been read as a parable on revolutionary idealism." 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 Foundation. 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.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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