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A Celebration of George Oppen's 100th Birthday
at the Kelly Writers House, April 7, 2008

introduction by Thomas Devaney (4:45): MP3

Michael Heller: "Oppen's Thematics: What Are Poets For?" (12:08): MP3

Tom Mandel: "Entitlement & Doubt (Postcards & Procrastination)" (11:41): MP3
(click for photos of the postcard [front & back] and envelope Mandel discusses in his talk)

Ann Lauterbach: "George Oppen: How Shall I Speak?"; Lauterbach's poem, "Oppen's Way" (8:40): MP3

George Economou: "Inside a Tale that is Full of Eyes;" Economou's poem, "Identified;" Oppen's poem, "Psalm" (13:20): MP3
(click to read the program from the 1973 Thomas Jefferson College National Poetry Festival, which Economou mentions in his talk)

Stephen Cope: excerpts from Oppen's daybooks (15:10): MP3

Al Filreis: "Oppen's Antifascism: Guilt in 'Myth of the Blaze'" (14:08): MP3
(read Filreis' essay on his blog)
(hear Rachel Blau DuPlessis' reading of "Myth of the Blaze," mentioned in Filreis' talk: MP3)

Rachel Blau DuPlessis: "Section 9: Of Being Numerous" (7:54): MP3

Ron Silliman: "Three Regrets for George Oppen" (7:49): MP3
(read Silliman's essay on his blog)

Bob Perelman "Oppen's Knowledge" (14:12): MP3

Thomas Devaney: on Mary Oppen's Meaning A Life (14:48): MP3


click here for photos from the Oppen Centennial event

to hear Oppen read his own work, be sure to visit PennSound's George Oppen author page

a PDF of the program for the evening can be found here

for more information about this event, including bios of the participants, click here

Oppen's Centennial Celebration on PennSound Daily

These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only.© 2008 the various poets. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Distributed by PennSound.