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From "Down To Write You This Poem Sat" at the Oakville Gallery

  1. Charles Bernstein, "Phone Poem" (2011) (1:30): MP3
  2. Caroline Bergvall, "Love song: 'The Not Tale (funeral)' from Shorter Caucer Tales (2006): MP3
  3. Christian Bôk, excerpt from Eunoia, from Chapter "I" for Dick Higgins (2009) (1:38):  MP3
  4. Tonya Foster, Nocturne II (0:40) (2010) MP3
  5. Ted Greenwald, "The Pears are the Pears" (2005) (0:29): MP3
  6. Susan Howe, Thorow, III (3:13) (1998):  MP3
  7. Tan Lin, "¼ : 1 foot" (2005) (1:16): MP3
  8. Steve McCaffery, "Cappuccino" (1995) (2:35): MP3
  9. Tracie Morris, From "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful" (2002) (3:40): MP3
  10. Julie Patton, "Scribbling thru the Times" (2016) (5:12): MP3
  11. Tom Raworth, "Errory" (c. 1975) (2:08): MP3
  12. Jerome Rothenberg, from "The First Horse Song of Frank Mitchell: 4-Voice Version" (c. 1975) (3:30): MP3
  13. Cecilia Vicuna, "When This Language Disappeared" (2009) (1:30): MP3
  1. Guillaume Apollinaire, "Le Pont Mirabeau" (1913) (1:14): MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka, "Black Dada Nihilismus" (1964) (4:02):  MP3
  3. Louise Bennett, "Colonization in Reverse" (1983) (1:09): MP3
  4. Sterling Brown, "Old Lem " (c. 1950s) (2:06):  MP3
  5. John Clare, "Vowelless Letter" (1849) performed by Charles Bernstein (2:54): MP3
  6. Velimir Khlebnikov, "Incantation by Laughter" (1910), tr. and performed by Bernstein (:28)  MP3
  7. Harry Partch, from Barstow (part 1), performed by Bernstein (1968) (1:11): MP3
  8. Leslie Scalapino, "Can’t’ is ‘Night’" (2007) (3:19): MP3
  9. Kurt Schwitters, "Ur Sonata: Largo" performed by Ernst Scwhitter (1922-1932) ( (3:12): MP3
  10. Gertrude Stein, If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1934-35) (3:42): MP3
  11. William Carlos Willliams, "The Defective Record" (1942) (0:28): MP3
  12. Hannah Weiner, from Clairvoyant Journal, performed by Weiner, Sharon Mattlin & Rochelle Kraut (2001) (6:12): MP3

Selected by Charles Bernstein (read more about his choices here)

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New Belladonna* Recordings from 2016 to Present

Posted 5/18/2017

We recently added several new recordings to our homepage for Belladonna*, the venerable "reading series and independent press that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language."

The earliest of these readings took place on March 14, 2016 at Queens College, CUNY, and featured sets from Natalie Diaz and Sandra Lim. That was followed by an April 12, 2016 event at Shoestring Press, New York with readings by Megan Kaminski, Rachel Levitsky, and Yanyi Luo." Jumping forward to the fall, we have November 22, 2016 event cosponsored by Lambda Literary at BAM with a line-up including readings by Theodore (ted) Kerr and Jamara Wakefield, and Keelay Gipson, along with a performance by t?ai freedom ford.

Our last two events come from this past March. First, from the 4th, there's "Great Waves: Annual Intern/Volunteer Reading" hosted by Krystal Languell with sets from Sarah Francois, Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, Marines Gonzalez-DeJesus, Belynda Jones, Krystal Languell, Savannah Hampton, and Yoomee Ohayon. Finally, from the 30th, we have an event co-presented by Belladonna* Vetch Magazine at New York's Bureau of General Services — Queer Division with performances from Aristilde Kirby and Samuel Ace.

You'll find these and a great many more recordings going back to the collaborative's founding in 1999 on our Belladonna* homepage.

PoemTalk 112: on Patrick Rosal's "Instance of an Island"

Posted 5/16/2017

Today saw the release of the latest program in the PoemTalk Podcast series (episode #112 in total), which focuses on Patrick Rosal's poem "Instance of an Island." Joining host Al Filreis for this discussion are Ross Gay, Josephine Park, and Herman Beavers.

After setting up the provenance of the recording and offering two separate versions of the podcast — the finished edit and an uncut video of the discussion before a live audience at our Kelly Writers House — Filreis' introduction on the PoemTalk blog dives right in to one of the poem's more memorable images: "The group begins with the remarkable jam performed by Filomena and Josefa together as an art-making body — each incomplete, but together far more than even an oceanic whole. The poem at the moment of this countercolonial antisynthesis jams — itself jams. And at its essence the discussion that ensues explores the many ways in which Rosal has crafted an ars poetica, a defense of poetry made from the 'invention' of 'cracked' unbroken song. The fingers of these two players, 'joined by that third / body of wood,' remake the body forced into exile by the finger-wiggling world-naming 'great emperor' who had pointed with imperial denotation toward the far-off island." You can read more on Jacket2.

PoemTalk is a co-production of PennSound, the Kelly Writers House, Jacket2 and the Poetry Foundation. If you're interested in more information on the series or want to hear our archives of previous episodes, please visit the PoemTalk blog, and don't forget that you can subscribe to the series through the iTunes music store.

Happy 80th Birthday to Michael Heller

Posted 5/11/2017

We send birthday greetings out to Michael Heller (shown at left in a well-known, vertigo-inducing photo by Lawrence Schwartzwald), who turns eighty today. There will be a celebration at Poets House this Saturday in his honor, but if you can't make it there you can honor this milestone in your own way by browsing some of the selections on his PennSound author page.

There, you'll find numerous recordings going back more than forty years, including readings, musical performances, panel talks, and lectures (on Oppen, Zukofsky, and their Objectivist peers) from Naropa, Woodland Pattern, Poets House, the annual Louisville Conference, and more. To start browsing, click here.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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