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    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 -
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  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 -
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  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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Stephen Ratcliffe: SFSU Poetry Center Book Award Reading, 2014

Posted 6/29/2015

Here's a recent addition to our Stephen Ratcliffe author page: an October 2, 2014 reading celebrating the poet's Selected Days (Counterpath, 2012) winning the San Francisco State University Poetry Center's Book Award.

The incomplete recording, which runs a little less than an hour, begins with an introduction by Poetry Center Director Steve Dickison, in which he shares the excerpts from the anonymous judge's statement, which begins as follows: "Like a core sample drilled down through the days, these Selected Days come up with layered and differentiated strata and evidence of time perceived as phenomenally present on the poet/reader's eye/ear and persistent body, move to work steadily and across an extensive sweep of one person's human time."

Ratcliffe then introduces the book and reads several selections, touching on his major projects HUMAN / NATURE, Remarks on Color / Sound, and Temporality, along with other series. He concludes with a new photograph/poetry work, "The Month of September; 9/1-9/30."


Close Listening: Jay Sanders and Charles Bernstein Interview One Another

Posted 6/26/2015

The latest program in Charles Bernstein's radio series Close Listening was recently released, and features a unique spin on the show's conventional format. Here's Bernstein's description from his Jacket2 commentary page:

Whitney Museum curator of performance Jay Sanders and poet Charles Bernstein discuss their work in, on, and around sound, performance, installation, dance, poetry, theater, poetics, curating, editing, and essay writing. They also reflect on their previous collaboration curating the 2001 exhibition Poetry Plastique at the Marianne Boesky Gallery. This event was organized as part of the exhibition S/N, curated by the 2014–15 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Independent Study Program. The event took place at The Kitchen in New York.

Before the two Close Listening shows, Sanders and Bernstein each read essays. Bernstein read his preface to Pitch of Poetry and discussed his work with audio-tape poems. Sanders followed his essay by playing a track of Colin Nancarrow, as a preview of a show he co-curated, "Anywhere in Time: A Conlon Nancarrow Festival." In the interview, Sanders also discussed his show "Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama."

To listen, click the title above.


PoemTalk 89: on Nathaniel Mackey's "Day after Day of the Dead"

Posted 6/22/2015

We recently launched the eighty-ninth program in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which is concerned with Nathaniel Mackey's poem "Day after Day of the Dead," which can be found in the poet's latest Nod House (New Directions, 2011). Joining host Al Filreis for this program are Tsitsi Jaji, Herman Beavers, and William J. Harris.

After providing some contextual background on the poem, Filreis' write-up on the PoemTalk blog moves into the panelists' avenues into addressing the poem: "Tsitsi comments on the appearance and also the disappearance of the 'we.' Billy Joe reads 'we' as lovers, at points, but wonders what traumatic break this 'we' has endured here. Disaster of some sort. A flood? (Tsitsi mentions New Orleans.) An attack? (There are references to the 2004 Madrid bombings earlier in the book.) Herman suggests that the collective journey could remind one of the Middle Passage. This for him partly explains why the ensemble in the poem no longer wants to know what soul was. 'You actually try to forget what soul is,' Herman offers, 'so it cannot be taken from you.' All agree that the speaker and his cohort or 'philosophical posse' are survivors of some sort, and that the poem is marked by the effort at witnessing and testifying to others' deaths and (for the speaker and his colleagues) one's own near-death. They eat with great appetite — glad to be bodies, glad to be alive — yet the repast is morbid ('knucklebone soufflé is on the menu)." You can read more about the program 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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