English 475 (#257496)/DMS 475-X (#237481)
Digital, Sound, & Experimental Poetries Seminar, Fall 2001
TU 7-9:40 PM, 6 Clemens
Professor Loss Glazier
Office hours: TU 6-7 PM or by appt.

SYLLABUS (10/25/01)

This seminar will allow students the chance to examine a wide range of experimental poetry and sound works, with an emphasis on hearing the potential for innovative sound through a focus on the marginal, the "other", jazz, dissonance, and sound compositions where the making of meaning is problemmatized.

CLASS REQUIREMENTS: Readings/listenings, weekly response paragraphs, 2 oral presentations, final project (including proposal and preview). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Attendance at Wednesdays at Four Plus readings, Weds. at 4 PM, http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/poetics/calendar/fall01.html). Primary text: ADALAIDE MORRIS, ED., SOUND STATES. Other texts: Stacy Doris: Conference (Poets & Poets); Rodrigo Toscano, Partisans (O Books); Juliana Spahr, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan); Bruce Andrews, Getting Ready to Have Been Frightened (Sun & Moon). Required: Listening/reading of numerous recorded works and online materials. Sound texts: Sound States CD and the UBU Web | EPC MP3 Sound Poetry Library, http://www.ubu.com/mp3.html. (Citations to sound files in syllabus are from these two sources; if only a poet's name is cited, assignment is for all sound files by that poet.) Other Recommended Sound Sites: UBU Web Sound Poetry library, http://www.ubu.com/sound_pulldown.html, the EPC Audio Archive, http://wings.buffalo.edu/epc/sound/file-list.html, the EPC LINE/break Programs, http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/linebreak/programs, and Live at the EAR, http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/sound/live-ear. Recommended: Charles Bernstein, ed., Close Listening and related poetry materials throughout the Electronic Poetry Center, http://writing.upenn.edu/epc. UBU Papers: http://www.ubu.com/papers_frames.html.

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1. August 28 - INTRODUCTION

Introduction to digital, sound, & experimental poetries; course information; introduction to the Electronic Poetry Center, http://writing.upenn.edu/epc; John Cage; Charlie Parker, Enzo Minarelli, Henri Chopin., Kurt Schwitters.

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2. September 4 - SIGN-UP FOR ORALS (ALL STUDENTS)

READ: Daniele Lombardi, "Futurism and Musical Notes" (UBU Papers); Dick Higgins, "A Taxonomy of Sound Poetry" (UBU Papers); Richard Kostelanetz, "Text-Sound Art: A Survey" (UBU Papers); Kevin Concannon, "Cut + Paste: Collage and the Art of Sound" (UBU Papers); Andrews "Praxis"

LISTEN: Marinetti; Schwitters

ORALS: Sound/poet presentations: FT Marinetti [Yeo]; Kurt Schwitters [Love]; Poet/themes: Federico Garca Lorca [Pachmayr]; Poet/theme presentations: Myung Mi Kim [Oh]

NOTE: Response #1 (UBU Papers/Marinetti/Schwitters) due.

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3. September 11 - No Class

W4+ READING: Myung Mi Kim -- to be rescheduled

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4. September 18 (WAS September 11)

READ: Morris 1-14, Introduction; Morris, 194-212 (Mackey) ; "Life and Work of Myung Mi Kim"

LISTEN: CD 21-28; Cobbing; Ball

ORALS: Sound/poet presentations: Bob Cobbing [Cosme];Hugo Ball [Albano]; Poet/theme presentations: Nathaniel Mackey [Kabat].

NOTE: Response #2 (Morris/Mackey/Cobbing/Ball) due.

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5. September 25 - WALLACE STEVENS * (438 Clemens) (WAS October 2 TBA)

READ: Morris, 97-128 (Davidson)

LISTEN: Chopin, Four Horsemen (at UBU Sound)

READ/LISTEN: Wallace Stevens assignment.

NOTE: Response #3 (1/2 page on Davidson, 1/2 page on Chopin/Horsemen, 1/2 page on Stevens) due. W4+ READING: Cole Swensen

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6. October 2 - PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE (ALL STUDENTS)

READ: Morris, 149-168 (McCaffery)

LISTEN: CD 6-15

LISTEN: Rothenberg, "The Horse Songs of Frank Mitchell"

ORALS: Sound/poet presentations: Four Horsemen [Glod]; Olson, Projective Verse [Wise]; Steve McCaffery [Pachmayr]; John Cage [Abraham]; Jerome Rothenberg [Albano];

Poet/theme presentations: Cole Swensen [Metzger].

Flash presentations: [Kabat]; [Molanda]

NOTE: Response #4 (McCaffery/Rothenberg) due. W4+ READING: Jerome Rothenberg

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7. October 9

READ: Morris,129-148 (Perloff) ; Lauterbach, "On Flaws"**

LISTEN: CD 5; Heidsieck

ORALS: Sound/poet presentations: Bernard Heidsieck [Yeo]; Christian Bk [Metzger]; Henri Chopin [Wise]. Poet/theme presentations: Joyce, Finnegan's Wake [Abraham]; H.D. [Barber]

NOTE: Response #5 (Perloff/Heidsieck) due. W4+ READING: French poets visit

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8. October 16

READ: Morris, 17-31 (Conner on Joyce); Morris, 32-55 (H.D.)

LISTEN: CD 1-4

ORALS: Poet/theme presentations: Ann Lauterbach [Barber]; Stacy Doris [Oh]; Poet/theme presentations: Cecil Taylor [Molanda]; Poet/theme presentations: Juliana Spahr [Dole]; Rodrigo Toscano [Orlando]

NOTE: Response #6 (Conner/H.D., CD1-4) due. W4+ READING: Ann Lauterbach

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9. October 23 - PROJECT PREVIEW ORAL PRESENTATIONS (ALL STUDENTS)

READ: Morris, 74-96 (Hayles); Doris, Conference

NOTE: Response #7 (Hayles), Response #8 (Doris) due.

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10. October 30 - STACY DORIS visit * (438 Clemens)

READ: Toscano, Partisans

RESPONDENTS: Oh, Cosme, Molanda, Kabat

LISTEN: Joan LaBarbara (at UBU Sound)

NOTE: Response #9 (Toscano) due. W4+ READING: Stacy Doris

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11. November 6 - RODRIGO TOSCANO visit * (438 Clemens)

READ: Spahr, Aloha

RESPONDENTS: Love, Wise, Yeo

LISTEN: tba

NOTE: Response #10 (Spahr) due. W4+ READING: Rodrigo Toscano

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12. November 13 - JULIANA SPAHR visit * (438 Clemens)

READ: Morris, 213-236 (Moten)

RESPONDENTS: Metzger, Barber, Glod

SEE: Spahr EPC Author Page

NOTE: Response #11 (Moten) due. W4+ READING: Juliana Spahr

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13. November 20 - CHRISTIAN BÖK visit (in 6 Clemens)

READ: Andrews, Getting Ready; Petr Kotik -- "The Music of Marcel Duchamp" (UBU Papers)

LISTEN: CD 29; bpNichol

ORALS: Poet/theme presentations: bpNichol [Orlando]; Bruce Andrews [Love]; Sound/poet presentations: Duchamp [Glod]; Raoul Hausmann [Cosme]

SEE: Bök EPC Author Page

NOTE: Response #12 (entire response on Getting Ready) due.

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14. November 27 - BRUCE ANDREWS visit * (438 Clemens)

READ: "Remeaning";Lip Service;

RESPONDENTS: Pachmayr, Abraham, Albano

LISTEN: Bruce Andrews LINEbreak program
(http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/linebreak/programs/andrews/)

SEE: Andrews EPC Author Page

NOTE: Response #13 (Remeaning, Lip Service, LINEbreak) due. LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE RESPONSES! W4+ READING: Bruce Andrews

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15. December 4 - FINAL PROJECT ORAL PRESENTATIONS [ALL STUDENTS)

NOTE: No reading, no listening, no response due.

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* Combined class with English 350. ** Must access this through a UB connection.

Oral presentations to be scheduled: David Antin [Dole].