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

Selected by Brian Ang (read more about his choices here)

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Cross Cultural Poetics: Six New Episodes

Posted 12/18/2014

The end of the semester and the transition into the holiday break usually means that we'll get a new batch of Cross Cultural Poetics programs from host Leonard Schwartz, and this year's have just arrived. Altogether, we have a half-dozen new shows that were broadcast this past fall, as detailed below.

First up is episode #302, "Seattle Opera/Apples from Tolstoy's Garden," which starts with an interview with Jonathon Dean, Seattle Opera's Director of Public programs and Media, who talks about their production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. He's followed by Galician poet Yolanda Castano, calling in from Spain, who reads her poem "Apples From Tolstoy's Garden." Castano (shown at left with Schwartz at the Beijing Poetry Festival this past September) returns for episode #303 to read and discuss her own poetry, in Galician, as well as to talk about the history, properties and circumstances of the Galician language; she also reads the medieval Galician troubadour Mendhino.

Episode #304, "Nimrod/el-Sousi," is named for its two guests: first Nimrod, the multifaceted Chadian author, who calls in from Paris, to read his poetry, who's followed by Palestinian poet, Somayo el-Sousi, on the phone from Gaza City, who reads two new poem-essays written while under Israeli bombardment in the summer of 2014. That's followed by episode #305 "Red Flash on a Black Field," which focuses on the work of Joseph Donahue, reading from his latest book of the same name.

The fall season wraps up with episode #306 "From Zagreb," featuring poet Marko Pogacar, who reads from and discusses his own poetry, as well as Croatian language, followed by episode #307 "From Shanghai," in which Yan Li, a Chinese poet and painter, reads from his new book Talent Possibility, translated by Denis Mair.

In Memoriam: Jane Freilicher (1924-2014)

Posted 12/11/2014

This week brought news of the passing of Jane Freilicher, hailed by the New York Times as "a stubbornly independent painter whose brushy, light-saturated still lifes and luminous landscapes set in the marshes of eastern Long Island made her one of the more anomalous figures to emerge from the second generation of Abstract Expressionists." Of course, Freilicher was also a close compatriot of many members of the New York School poets, and for this reason she makes more than one appearance in PennSound's archives.

The more conventional of these is available on John Ashbery's author page: a January 2011 program at the New School honoring the 60th anniversary of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Ashbery appeared alongside Andrew Lampert, Bill Berkson, Ron Padgett, Douglas Crase, and Eric Brown. In this fifteen-minute segment, moderated by Jenni Quilter, Freilicher details how she first met Ashbery, Ashbery discusses his work as an art critic and Freilicher's influence on his poetry, and both share memories of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Their conversation also touches upon Rudy Burckhardt's film, Mounting Tension in which both had starring roles. While that film isn't available on PennSound, you can watch The Automotive Story (1954), for which Freilicher serves as narrator of a text written by Kenneth Koch while Frank O'Hara plays Debussy, Poulenc, and Scriabin as accompaniment on our Rudy Burckhardt author page, where you'll also find a link to a transcription of a 1976 radio interview with the director about the film, originally published in Jacket Magazine.

[above: Freilicher at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 2013, gazing at Walter Silver's iconic 1952 photo of her and Ashbery (© Lawrence Schwartzwald, not be reproduced without consent of the photographer)]

Happy Birthday, Eileen Myles!

Posted 12/9/2014

We'd like to send birthday greetings out to Eileen Myles, a true American original, who turns sixty-five today.

You can celebrate by browsing through the selections available on PennSound's Eileen Myles author page,. A good place to start is her two-part 2009 Close Listening radio program with Charles Bernstein that includes readings of twenty-one poems from throughout her published work, and a half-hour conversation between the two. Other full-length readings include a number of sets from a busy 2010 recorded at the Dia Art Foundation, Mills College's Contemporary Writers Series, the ICA in Philadelphia, our own Kelly Writers House, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the California College of the Arts. Two recordings from 2009, taken from the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona (via POG Sound) and ADFEMPO, are followed by a 2007 appearance on LA Lit, a Belladonna* series reading from 2003, a 1981 reading at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and a 1978 appearance on Susan Howe's WBAI-FM radio program. Other recordings include Segue Series sets from 1978, 1994, 1998, 1999, and 2007, and three appearances on Public Access Poetry, not to mention numerous individual tracks scattered over the past thirty-seven years.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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