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From "Down To Write You This Poem Sat" at the Oakville Gallery

  1. Charles Bernstein, "Phone Poem" (2011) (1:30): MP3
  2. Caroline Bergvall, "Love song: 'The Not Tale (funeral)' from Shorter Caucer Tales (2006): MP3
  3. Christian Bôk, excerpt from Eunoia, from Chapter "I" for Dick Higgins (2009) (1:38):  MP3
  4. Tonya Foster, Nocturne II (0:40) (2010) MP3
  5. Ted Greenwald, "The Pears are the Pears" (2005) (0:29): MP3
  6. Susan Howe, Thorow, III (3:13) (1998):  MP3
  7. Tan Lin, "¼ : 1 foot" (2005) (1:16): MP3
  8. Steve McCaffery, "Cappuccino" (1995) (2:35): MP3
  9. Tracie Morris, From "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful" (2002) (3:40): MP3
  10. Julie Patton, "Scribbling thru the Times" (2016) (5:12): MP3
  11. Tom Raworth, "Errory" (c. 1975) (2:08): MP3
  12. Jerome Rothenberg, from "The First Horse Song of Frank Mitchell: 4-Voice Version" (c. 1975) (3:30): MP3
  13. Cecilia Vicuna, "When This Language Disappeared" (2009) (1:30): MP3
  1. Guillaume Apollinaire, "Le Pont Mirabeau" (1913) (1:14): MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka, "Black Dada Nihilismus" (1964) (4:02):  MP3
  3. Louise Bennett, "Colonization in Reverse" (1983) (1:09): MP3
  4. Sterling Brown, "Old Lem " (c. 1950s) (2:06):  MP3
  5. John Clare, "Vowelless Letter" (1849) performed by Charles Bernstein (2:54): MP3
  6. Velimir Khlebnikov, "Incantation by Laughter" (1910), tr. and performed by Bernstein (:28)  MP3
  7. Harry Partch, from Barstow (part 1), performed by Bernstein (1968) (1:11): MP3
  8. Leslie Scalapino, "Can’t’ is ‘Night’" (2007) (3:19): MP3
  9. Kurt Schwitters, "Ur Sonata: Largo" performed by Ernst Scwhitter (1922-1932) ( (3:12): MP3
  10. Gertrude Stein, If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1934-35) (3:42): MP3
  11. William Carlos Willliams, "The Defective Record" (1942) (0:28): MP3
  12. Hannah Weiner, from Clairvoyant Journal, performed by Weiner, Sharon Mattlin & Rochelle Kraut (2001) (6:12): MP3

Selected by Charles Bernstein (read more about his choices here)

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Chinese American Association for Poetry Reading Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2016

Posted 1/19/2017

While the new year brings many terrifying changes with it, there are still many good things we can rely on, and for PennSound listeners, one of those things is getting great recordings from Aldon Nielsen for his Heatstrings collection. Today, we're highlighting the latest file to be posted: the Chinese American Association for Poetry Reading, which took place in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 2016.

The roster for the seventy-minute event includes (in order): Eun-Gwi Chung, Feng Yi, Nicholas Karavatos, Ling Jian-e, Steven Tracy, Lin Chen, Susan Schultz, Liu Kedong, Luo Linaggong, Jerry Ward, Lv Aijing, Lauri Ramey, Young Suck Rhee, Li Zhimin, Sun Dong, Wu Zhaofeng, Nielsen, Zeng Wei, Charles Bernstein, Zhang Er, Youngman Kim, and a final reader identified only as Miles.

You can see photos of the event and listen to the complete recording, as well as recordings going back nearly thirty years, on our Heatstrings series page. As always, we're grateful to Nielsen for sharing these vital documents with us.

Hilda Morley: New Author Page

Posted 1/17/2017

Our latest author page is for Black Mountain-associated poet Hilda Morley (1916–1998). Admittedly, it's a scant archive, containing just one three minute recording — the poem "Provence" from a March 15, 1992 reading at New York's Alice Tully Hall — but as PennSound co-director Charles Bernstein notes, "it is the only recording of Morley now available."

In her New York Times obituary, Wolfgang Saxon observed that "Ms. Morley published five books of poetry in which she articulated emotions and feelings in free verse, but a type of verse as measured as dance or music. She was a 'master of that ability,' Robert Creeley, a fellow poet, said." He continues: "She wrote that her poetry was shaped by the visions of Abstract Expressionism, which can create metamorphoses. Artists like Klee and Picasso, she said, gave her the means to create word canvases depicting the world around her."

We're grateful to be able to share this document of Morley's life, no matter how brief, and thank Patrick Beurard-Valdoye and Austin Clarkson for their assistance in making this recording available.

PoemTalk 108: on Tracie Morris' "Tracie Morris, "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful"

Posted 1/13/2017

Today we released episode #108 in the PoemTalk Podcast series — a discussion of Tracie Morris' performance piece/musical poem "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful," as performed at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. For this program, host Al Filreis was joined by a panel including Camara Brown, Edwin Torres, and Brooke O'Harra.

Filreis starts off his introduction on the PoemTalk blog with a little background on the piece itself, "a last-minute improvisation after Morris discovered she misplaced or lost her planned text, accompanied by — and intuitively responsive to — two colleagues whose dance movements, in part, reproduced the sweeping up-down motions of rice harvesting." He then moves on to the perspectives of the panelists, noting that "The three guest PoemTalkers being performers themselves, the conversation naturally turned to the crucial connection between voice as expressive subjectivity and voice as physical sonant effect." He continues, asking Brooke, Camara, and Edwin "to describe the impact on their own work of Morris's radicalization of the poetic voice as an agonizing through stereotype." You can read more 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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