Featured resources

  1. Charles Bernstein -
    St. McC. MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka -
    Against Bourgeois Art MP3
  3. Michael Palmer -
    Lies of the Poem MP3
  4. Henry Hills -
    Money MOV
  5. Barrett Watten -
    "I dreamed of a group of sociable foxes in the basement" MP3
  6. Steve McCaffery -
    The Baker Transformation MP3
  7. Bruce Andrews -
    Feature MP3
  8. Jackson Mac Low -
    Feeling Down Clementi Felt Imposed Upon From Every Direction (HSCH 10) MP3
  9. Ron Silliman -
    Quindecagon MP3
  10. Rod Smith -
    This is Such Total Bullshit MP3
  11. Rachel Blau Duplessis -
    Draft 72: Nanifesto MP3
  12. K. Silem Mohammad -
    Sonnet 154: The little love god lying once asleep MP3

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Whenever We Feel Like It: Finley, Loe, Bloomfield, 2015

Posted 10/9/2015

One of the newest recordings posted to PennSound is the latest installment of the Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series, which took place at our own Kelly Writers House this September 2nd.

After a brief introduction by host Michelle Taransky the evening's first reader was Kendall Finley, a member The Excelano Project (a spoken word troupe based at the University of Pennsylvania). His brief performance was followed by a longer set by Kelin Loe, author of These Are the Gloria Stories (Factory Hollow, 2014) and founding co-editor of SPOKE TOO SOON: A Journal of the Longer. The evening came to a close with a reading from Luke Bloomfield, a Northampton, MA-based poet whose debut collection, Russian Novels was also published by Factory Hollow in 2014. You can listen to all three of these poets by clicking on the title above.

While it goes without saying we will remind you that The Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series is put on by Committee of Vigilance members Michelle Taransky and Emily Pettit, and you should not forget that The Committee of Vigilance is a subdivision of Sleepy Lemur Quality Enterprises, which is the production division of The Meeteetzee Institute.

New on Clipping: Visualizing Applause in the PennSound Archive

Posted 10/7/2015

Earlier this week a new post was added to "Clipping", Jacket2's series on experimental digital analyses of poetry audio, seeking "to set forth propositions — presenting clippings of ambitious and inchoate working ideas that have yet to have their levels set," which is edited by Chris Mustazza. This latest post, authored by Tanya E. Clement and Stephen McLaughlin, is focused on "Visualizing Applause in the PennSound Archive."

"What if you could identify the applause in every recording in the PennSound archive?" they ask. "With that information, you might ask who receives the most applause, which poems by a given author are most likely to spur an audience response, and which venues lend themselves to the warmest reception." To investigate, Clement and McLaughlin employed the ARLO audio analysis tool to gather "several hundred clips of applause and non-applause from the PennSound poetry archive to train a machine learning algorithm that identifies similar patterns in unseen segments." You can browse visualizations of a wide array readings and read their results, which conclude with several meaningful questions — the two authors conclude with: "Do poets in general receive more applause as they get older? Or just the really famous ones? Are there differences in reception based on perceived identity factors? Are applause patterns identifiably different between regions, venues, and reading series? Was there more applause in the '80s? The '90s? Now? Can the presence of applause help us pinpoint information that is not included in the metadata? Can we read meaning into the varying durations of Q&A sessions and introductions?" — here.

Two New Belladonna* Readings, 2015

Posted 10/5/2015

We recently added a pair of recent recordings from the Belladonna* Reading Series to the series' homepage.

The first of these, recorded on September 7th at St. Mark's Bookstore, starts with general introductions by Krystal Languell and Chia-Lun Chang before moving into short sets by Wo Chan (introduced by Saretta Morgan), Yu Wang (with introduction from Chang and Jen Stacey), and Zhang Er (introduced by Chang and Languell).

One day later, Belladonna* staged a group reading as part of the Word for Word Series at Bryant Park that featured brief sets by R. Erica Doyle, Monica Ong, Betsy Fagin, and Tonya M. Foster. General introductions were provided by Paul Romero and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs.

You can listen to these two events, along with a great many more spanning the last sixteen years, at PennSound's Belladonna* series homepage.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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