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Harriet Monroe: New Author Page

Posted 10/28/2014

Our own Chris Mustazza has uncovered some very exciting and rare vintage recordings of Harriet Monroe, the founding editor of Poetry magazine, recorded more than eighty years ago. Here's his description of his finds:

Harriet Monroe was recorded reading her poetry at Columbia University on January 29, 1932. The recording, made by Barnard professor W. Cabell Greet, was one of the first recordings in a series that came to be known as The Contemporary Poets Series, which began with the recording of Vachel Lindsay in 1931 (available here in PennSound). Several of Greet's recordings were later released on distribution LPs, produced by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), for pedagogical purposes and distributed to schools on a subscription basis. These recordings of Monroe were never released (the reason why is unclear at this time). While there is still research to be done as to how Monroe came to be recorded in this session, it seems likely that Vachel Lindsay would have been the connection between Greet and Monroe. Monroe and Lindsay collaborated over the years, including Monroe writing the introduction for Lindsay's The Congo and Other Poems and her publication of him in Poetry magazine. Lindsay died less than two months before these recordings we made, and so may have helped to arrange the recording session before his death. This is the first time the recordings, originally made on two aluminum records, are being distributed to the public. PennSound wishes to thank the staff at Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for their help in obtaining and digitizing these recordings, as well as Ann Monroe, for giving us permission, on behalf of the Monroe family, to distribute them.

You might also recall Mustazza's Jacket2 "Provenance Report" on the aforementioned NCTE Lindsay recordings from earlier this spring. To listen to these new recordings, click the title above.


Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good at KWH, 2014

Posted 10/27/2014

The one and only Bernadette Mayer was in town recently for a very busy day at our own Kelly Writers House.

First, Mayer participated in a live webcast conversation with participants in the free, open online course called ModPo, which can be viewed here.

Next, she recorded a session of PoemTalk focusing on the poem "February" by James Schuyler. That will be released at some point in the relatively near future.

Finally, in the evening, she gave a reading with Philip Good, which you can watch and listen to here. Full descriptions of the day's events can be found here.

From left to right: Erica Kaufman, Julia Bloch, Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good at the Kelly Writers House, October 21, 2014.


Robert Creeley Reads Charles Olson, KWLS 2003

Posted 10/24/2014

We're closing out the week with a newly added recording of Robert Creeley discussing Charles Olson — who was, in Creeley's words, an "extraordinary comrade and resource all through his life" — and reading from "Maximus, to Gloucester" at the Key West Literary Seminar in 2003.

Here, from a blog post on the KWLS site is Executive Director Arlo Haskell's description of this brief five-minute recording: As part of a panel discussion in 2003, we asked Robert Creeley to read and comment upon one of his favorite poems. It was no surprise when he selected a poem by his great friend and comrade, Charles Olson. Creeley reads passages from his introduction to Olson's Selected Poems, and reads the latter half of Olson's "Maximus, to Gloucester," which concludes:

John White had seen it
in his eye
but fourteen men
of whom we know eleven

twenty-two eyes
and the snow flew
where gulls now paper
the skies

where fishing continues
and my heart lies

To listen to this recording and many more from Robert Creeley, visit our Robert Creeley author page.



PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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