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    St. McC. MP3
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    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 -
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  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

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Jake Marmer Interviews David Antin, Jerome Rothenberg, 2015

Posted 2/10/2016

Here's a fascinating new addition to the PennSound archives: a lengthy interview with David Antin and Jerome Rothenberg conducted by Jake Marmer in San Diego on December 23, 2015. Al Filreis highlights the recording in a new Jacket2 commentary post, which contains Marmer's own lavish introductory essay, titled "Imagining a Poetry That We Might Find: Conversation with Jerome Rothenberg and David Antin." Here's how he begins:

"We were... desiring poetry, imagining a poetry that we might find — for which there was no strong evidence available," says David Antin, reflecting on his college days, as he and Jerome Rothenberg sit with me in David's dining room, in San Diego, around a tape recorder and a big French press. Desiring and imagining poetry — how different that is from merely writing, or reading, or even experimenting! Imagining and desiring: might that help shed some light on the incredible array of original, personal, deeply compelling poetic forms these titans of American poetry have invented, restored, and modified? As Antin points out in this interview: "I found a way to regard the poem itself as creating its own genre... We were looking for ways to overrun the tradition."

You can read the rest of his intro and find links to the complete recording here.

Margaret Christakos at KWH this Tuesday

Posted 2/8/2016

Tuesday night at 6:00 PM our own Kelly Writers House will host a reading by Canadian author Margaret Christakos.

Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (Coach House, 2013), Welling (Scrivener, 2010, a Globe 100 book), Sooner (Coach House, 2005, a Lowther nominee) and Excessive Love Prostheses (Coach House, 2002, ReLit winner), as well as a novel, Charisma (Pedlar, 2000, a Trillium nominee). This May will see the release of her latest collection, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Blood/Sex/Loss & Selfies from BookThug.

In anticipation of her visit, we've put together a new PennSound author page for her, where you'll eventually be able to listen to her reading from this week. For the time being, you can find two brief sets of Christakos focusing on the work of others — a 2015 polyvocal performance of Rachel Zolf's Janey's Arcadia (alongside Zolf and Liz Howard), and her brief contribution to 2014's "A Tribute to Paul Dutton" — along with a half-hour reading of her own work from the Belladonna* reading series.

Simone White: New Author Page

Posted 2/5/2016

Our latest author page, gathering recordings spanning seven years, is for poet Simone White.

The earliest of these are a pair of 2008 events — the first recorded March 11th as part of the Belladonna* reading series, the second a Segue Series reading at the Bowery Poetry Club on May 31st — offer listeners the opportunity to compare and contrast two sets with a considerable amount of overlap. Jumping forward to 2014, we have another Segue set, this one from the series current home, the Zinc Bar. All three of these readings are fully segmented with individual MP3 files for each title.

Thanks to Cloud House Poetry Archives we also have video footage of White delivering one of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lectures in Innovative Poetics at Small Press Traffic (alongside Divya Victor), as well as a link to the complete text of her talk via X Poetics. Finally, we have White's brief introduction to the launch reading for Poems for the Millenium, Vol. V: Barbaric Vast & Wild at the Poetry Project this past October 14th.

To start exploring the aforementioned recordings, click the title above.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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