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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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PoemTalk 107: on Paul Celan's "Corona"

Posted 12/9/2016

Earlier this week we released episode #107 in the PoemTalk Podcast series, in which host Al Filreis leads a panel that includes Pierre Joris, Ariel Resnikoff, and Anna Strong in a discussion of Paul Celan's poem, "Corona."

Filreis begins his introduction on the PoemTalk blog by providing a little context for the poem and the translation in use here: "Celan had chosen to continue writing in German after the elimination of Jews from his town and the murder of his parents by the Nazis and their fascist allies — and maintained, to the say the very least, a complex relationship to the mother tongue he kept using with increasingly inventive disfiguration. There was a good deal of knowledge of the original difficult German in our Wexler Studio, although as PoemTalk is an English-language podcast series we focused on the challenges of the English translation. Our translation was done by Jerome Rothenberg in the late 1950s for his groundbreaking anthology New Young German Poets (1959, City Lights)." 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.

In Memoriam: Ray DiPalma (1943-2016)

Posted 12/7/2016

In a year that's already been oppressive when it comes to death and dying — both within and outside of the world of poetry — we sadly have one more passing to record. Poet Ray DiPalma, an integral member of the early NYC L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E group, has passed away at the age of seventy-three.

Our own Charles Bernstein has shared a brief remembrance of the poet, recalling their close friendship prior to his move to Buffalo and their last meeting a little over a month ago, concluding "He was upbeat. Looking up and outward. I see him sitting on one of those tall coffee shop stools. The image is burning a hole in my brain."

Bernstein introduced DiPalma's April 2012 reading at our own Kelly Writers House (from which the photo above is taken), and that lengthy set, along with a Studio 111 session recorded the next day, form the foundation of our Ray DiPalma author page. There you'll also find a 1999 KWH reading, numerous Segue Series readings (from 1977, 1979, 1980, 1992, and 1993), a 1977 reading at Anthology Film Archives, and a truly fascinating artifact: the L E G E N D group reading from 1981, where four-fifths of that collaborative work's authors (Bernstein, DiPalma, Ron Silliman, and Bruce Andrews) recorded themselves reading from the book at Andrews' apartment.

We send our condolences to those who knew and loved DiPalma, as well as to fans of his work. You can reconnect through the simple act of listening by clicking here.

New at J2: Kristin Dykstra on the Current State of Cuban Poetry

Posted 12/5/2016

Our listeners might already be aware of "Intermedium," the amazing 2015 Jacket2 commentary series Kristin Dykstra wrote on "recognitions and convergences that give rise to bodies of work in translation." Now, at our invitation, Dykstra has written a new article on the current state of Cuban poetry after the easing of diplomatic tensions between that country and the US.

Titled "The Sea Doesn't Have to Be a Wall," this piece was published last Friday. It's a potent document that deftly offers history lessons, reveals cultural contexts, shatters readers' misconceptions, and, much like her commentary series, mixes in a healthy dose of first-person reportage from friends and colleagues on the island and within the Cuban diaspora. Taken together, these perspectives provide a fascinating and vital portrait of a diverse and thriving poetic community, along with a clear sense of what has and hasn't changed. It's a particularly timely piece — Dykstra even made slight emendations after the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro — that's a must-read for fans of international poetry.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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