In October 2002, the Writers House hosted a live audiocast program featuring a conversation with and a reading by Carl Rakosi, then 99 years old. During this program Tom Devaney and Al Filreis asked Rakosi to recite "Oh, Sestina." Rakosi introduced the poem by explaining that it had come in part as a reaction against a sestina that Charles Reznikoff had written.If I were suddenly confronted by a sestina would I hold my ground or make for the hills? snare it in a paper bag and release it outdoors or laugh like hell and notify Immigration?
Click here [mp3] to hear Rakosi introduce the poem and read it.
Click here for more about the 2002/99th birthday session with Rakosi, including links to recordings of each poem he read.