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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Into the Field: Angela Genusa

Posted 2/12/2016

Steve McLaughlin is back with another installment of his Into the Field podcast series at Jacket2. This time around, his guest is Angela Genusa — "a major part of the conceptual writing scene" as he notes in his introduction — with whom he spoke via Skype in July 2014.

McLaughlin begins by discussing Genusa's use of spam as source material — "there are a lot of poets who use spam and I think you've outdone them all with Spam Bibliography (Troll Thread, 2013)" — and asks her to read from that book. Next, framed by Genusa's poetics statement for Elective Affinities, "I once wrote poems. Now I write poems-as-books. To paraphrase Ed Ruscha, I am looking for an inexplicable thing — a kind of a 'Huh?,'" he asks her about how she started as a writer and what sustains her poetic practice. From there she discusses her 2014 collaboration with programmer Benjamin Laird, Composition (Gauss PDF, 2014), "Contributor Bios for Mark as Spam Magazine, Issue Six" (published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency), Tender Buttons (Gauss PDF, 2013), Simone's Embassy (Editions Eclipse, 2015), onlinedating.teenadultdating/Adult-Dating (self-published, 2012), and Jane Doe (Gauss PDF, 2013), and she reads excerpts from the majority of these books. Among other topics they discuss are the place of humor in Genusa's work, her relationship with Gauss PDF publisher Gordon Faylor, her geographic distance from other poets, and her thoughts on print-on-demand culture.

Click here to listen. You can browse the previous twenty-two episodes in the series on Jacket2's Into the Field series page.

Jake Marmer Interviews David Antin, Jerome Rothenberg, 2015

Posted 2/10/2016

Here's a fascinating new addition to the PennSound archives: a lengthy interview with David Antin and Jerome Rothenberg conducted by Jake Marmer in San Diego on December 23, 2015. Al Filreis highlights the recording in a new Jacket2 commentary post, which contains Marmer's own lavish introductory essay, titled "Imagining a Poetry That We Might Find: Conversation with Jerome Rothenberg and David Antin." Here's how he begins:

"We were... desiring poetry, imagining a poetry that we might find — for which there was no strong evidence available," says David Antin, reflecting on his college days, as he and Jerome Rothenberg sit with me in David's dining room, in San Diego, around a tape recorder and a big French press. Desiring and imagining poetry — how different that is from merely writing, or reading, or even experimenting! Imagining and desiring: might that help shed some light on the incredible array of original, personal, deeply compelling poetic forms these titans of American poetry have invented, restored, and modified? As Antin points out in this interview: "I found a way to regard the poem itself as creating its own genre... We were looking for ways to overrun the tradition."

You can read the rest of his intro and find links to the complete recording here.

Margaret Christakos at KWH this Tuesday

Posted 2/8/2016

Tuesday night at 6:00 PM our own Kelly Writers House will host a reading by Canadian author Margaret Christakos.

Christakos has published nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (Coach House, 2013), Welling (Scrivener, 2010, a Globe 100 book), Sooner (Coach House, 2005, a Lowther nominee) and Excessive Love Prostheses (Coach House, 2002, ReLit winner), as well as a novel, Charisma (Pedlar, 2000, a Trillium nominee). This May will see the release of her latest collection, Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Blood/Sex/Loss & Selfies from BookThug.

In anticipation of her visit, we've put together a new PennSound author page for her, where you'll eventually be able to listen to her reading from this week. For the time being, you can find two brief sets of Christakos focusing on the work of others — a 2015 polyvocal performance of Rachel Zolf's Janey's Arcadia (alongside Zolf and Liz Howard), and her brief contribution to 2014's "A Tribute to Paul Dutton" — along with a half-hour reading of her own work from the Belladonna* reading series.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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