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PoemTalk #104, Discussing Akilah Oliver's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't," feat. Yolanda Wisher, Charles Bernstein, and Patricia Spears Jones on September 11, 2016

For complete recording and program notes go to Jacket2

Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, April 21, 2016

complete recording (38:18): MP3

  1. Introduction (1:13): MP3
  2. On how she selects and organizes her poetry (2:25): MP3
  3. On her poetry's structure, her influences, and the Blues (5:05): MP3
  4. Music and performance in poetry (5:01): MP3
  5. Poetry as affirmative or contestatory (2:35): MP3
  6. Poetry and Community (1:50): MP3
  7. Poetry and Beauty (1:15): MP3
  8. On her archive of letter's and social media posts (4:19): MP3
  9. On her religion (5:24): MP3
  10. On her use of the Sonnet form (1:27): MP3
  11. On the role of her readers in her poetry (2:11): MP3
  12. On the titles of her poems (2:55): MP3
  13. Why I Left the Country (2:47): MP3



Reading of Flow Chart, John Ashbery 90th Celebration, 2017

Complete Reading (3:50): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, April 21, 2016

Complete Recording (38:25): MP3

  1. Introduction (2:47): MP3
  2. A Desire for Underdevelopment (0:56): MP3
  3. Morning Song (1:23): MP3
  4. Life Lessons (2:47): MP3
  5. Two Deaths, Two Wakes, Two Open Caskets (5:45): MP3
  6. Shack With Vines (2:52): MP3
  7. Why I Left the Country (0:47): MP3
  8. A Gallant History (1:07): MP3
  9. The City Proper (0:21): MP3
  10. Lucent Buyer (0:26): MP3
  11. New Blues (4:49): MP3
  12. The Perfect Lipstick (2:02): MP3
  13. Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom (2:17): MP3
  14. Self Portrait as Shop Window (1:35): MP3
  15. What Beauty Does (8:25): MP3

Reading as part of the Belladonna Reading Series, New York, March 13, 2007

  • complete reading (28:34): MP3
  1. Introduction (1:45): MP3
  2. What is Sadder than a Train Standing in the Rain? (1:51): MP3
  3. When you Change the Landscape, is it with your Bare Hands or Gloves? (1:18): MP3
  4. Questions Neruda Did not Live to Ask (1:12): MP3
  5. La Grande Horloge at the Museé de Orsay (4:46): MP3
  6. Laura (1:33): MP3
  7. Red River (1:50): MP3
  8. Hood (1:42): MP3
  9. What I Will Miss is Kissing in Cabs (1:23): MP3
  10. My Movie (0:41): MP3
  11. Why Silence is Like a Volcano (0:12): MP3
  12. Waiting for the Year of the Horse (0:39): MP3
  13. Fail Gozzle (2:44): MP3
  14. Note to Maureen (0:56): MP3
  15. Last Day of Passover, April 2006 (2:00): MP3
  16. Peel (1:34): MP3
  17. Drizzle (0:21): MP3
  18. Ermine (0:55): MP3
  19. Fuck (0:37): MP3
  20. Peel 2 (0:34): MP3

Reading as part of the Segue Series at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, February 24, 2007

  • complete reading (40:28): MP3
  1. Introduction (7:17): MP3
  2. Glad All Over (4:02): MP3
  3. Two Deaths, Two Wakes, Two Open Caskets: Linda Hall (4:59): MP3
  4. The Village Sparkles (1:47): MP3
  5. Femme Du Monde (2:21): MP3
  6. The Devil's Paintbrush: Île de la Cité (2:25): MP3
  7. Before I Fell in Love (2:06): MP3
  8. Note for the Poem "Beloved of God" (3:57): MP3
  9. Prince's Lyric Poem "All the Critics Love you in New York" (2:47): MP3
  10. Mary J Blige Lyrics Poem "No One Will do No One but You" (3:12): MP3
  11. Arsenal (1:01): MP3
  12. Bullocks (0:40): MP3
  13. Coriander (0:50): MP3
  14. Fop (0:34): MP3
  15. Peel (0:26): MP3

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