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  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

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Gabriel Ojeda-Sague: New Author Page

Posted 4/27/2016

One of our latest author pages is for poet Gabriel Ojeda-Sague. At its heart are a number of selections from his debut collection, Oil and Candle (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015).

The first of two release parties for the book took place at DIESEL Books in Oakland on March 5, 2016. In addition to a twenty-three minute reading by Ojeda-Sague, the event featured sets by Hugo Garciá Manríquez, Cheena Marie Lo, and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. That was followed by a release party in Philadelphia at L'Etage on March 29, 2016. Replicating the Oakland set-up, this event featured a headlining set from Ojeda-Sague with brief sets by Camara Brown, Oki Sogumi, and Connie Yu beforehand. Both video and audio footage of this reading are available.

Earlier this month, Ojeda-Sague sat down for a recording session at our own Wexler Studio at the Kelly Writers House, reading four poems from Oil and Candle: "Limpias," "Poem for "Eleguá," "Any," and "Abrecaminos." You'll find that, in addition to his appearance on PoemTalk #94 (on the work of CAConrad) and PennSound Podcast #50 (his interview with Emji Spero) on on his new PennSound author page.

Patricia Spears Jones on Close Listening, 2016

Posted 4/25/2016

Charles Bernstein continues to roll on through a spring full of new Close Listening programs. Today, he released a new thirty-eight minute show featuring Patricia Spears Jones.

Jones grew up in Arkansas but has been living in New York City since the mid-1970s. She is author of the poetry collections Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press. Her fourth full collection of poetry, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, is just out from White Pine Press. Jones has been an art activist, including a sting as Program Coordinator at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and New Works Program director at the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities, and as Director of Planning and Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96). She curates WORDS SUNDAY, a literary and performance series focused on Brooklyn based writers and artists. Jones teaches at the City University of New York.

Here's a succinct summary of the new program from Bernstein's Jacket2 write-up of the show: "Patricia Spears Jones talks with Charles Bernstein about her new selected poems, the influence of the blues and the penticostal church (and sonnets) on her poems, her conversation with popular songs, her sense of communities and ideal readers, the performance of her work, her 'contrarian' broadsides on politics and culture, and her persistent commitment to beauty."

You can listen here, and don't miss out on the two 2007 readings archived on her PennSound author page. You can browse the archives of the Close ListeningClose Listening series, which includes 143 programs in total, Close Listeninghere.

David Wallace: New Recordings for PennSound Classics

Posted 4/22/2016

Here's an exciting new addition to the PennSound Classics page and our author page for UPenn professor David Wallace: a short set of readings and commentaries on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Produced at our own Wexler Studios at the Kelly Writers House by Chris Mustazza on April 12, 2016 (with engineering by Zach Carduner), this session includes Wallace reading the first eighteen lines of The Canterbury Tales' prologue, as well as the poems "Trouthe" and "Complain of Chaucer to His Purse," as well as a commentary on the first. Then Mustazza and Wallace discuss performance of Chaucer's work in the 1930s, accompanied by recordings of Harry Morgan Ayers, W. Cabell Greet, and CS Baldwin, three Columbia professors, who recorded the poet's work as part of the Speech Lab Recordings project.

This new set is a wonderful complement to our earlier Studio 111 Session of Wallace reading Chaucer — a useful classroom resource I've used time and time again — as well as the three BBC documentaries featuring Wallace that you can find on our David Wallace author page.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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