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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PennSound Podcast 48: Brian Teare Inverviews Rachel Zolf, 2015

Posted 5/28/2015

This week we launched PennSound Podcast #48, in which Brian Teare interviewed Rachel Zolf at the Wexler Studios. Zolf and Teare discussed Zolf's most recent book, Janey's Arcadia, which Teare described in his introduction to Zolf's reading at Temple University in November 2014 as a work that "situates us in a Canadian national history in which the ideology of nation building prescribes genocide for indigenous people, and enlists all its settler-subjects in the campaigns of conversion, dislocation, assimilation, and disappearance." Zolf created a film, a sound performance, and a number of polyvocal actions related to Janey's Arcadia and has written recently about the "mad affects" generated by the reading/audience event.

You can listen to the complete interview here and read a transcript of their conversation — also published at Jacket2 under the title "Mobilizing Affects"here.


Dennis Barone at the Wexler Studio, 2015

Posted 5/22/2015

Poet Dennis Barone — professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut and a UPenn alumnus — recently stopped by the Wexler Studios at the Kelly Writers House to record a selection of poems from his latest collection, Sound/Hammer published by Quale Press is 2015. This sixty-seven minute set consists of a total of twenty poems from the volume, including "The New Harmony," "A Figure Half Seen," "West Philly," "Westerly Terrace," "Paper Air," "The Library," "Animal Rescue," "Penrod and Sam," "This Much I Know," "Cupola and Sink," and "Amsterdam."

You can listen to the set on Barone's PennSound author page, where you can also find his contributions to the 2004 and 2006 MLA Offsite Readings, a 2004 reading at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT, two 2003 recordings from the Kelly Writers House — Kelly Writers House Podcast Series #5, and an Alumni Visitor Series Reading — and a 1991 Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn.


PoemTalk 88: Kathy Acker's "The Diseased" and "The Slave Trader"

Posted 5/19/2015

Today, we launched the eighty-eighth program in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which addresses a pair of poems taken from the late Kathy Acker's novel, Blood and Guts in High School: "The Diseased" and "The Slave Trader." For this program, host Al Filreis was on the road in Greenwich Village, where he was joined by a panel of (from left to right) Maria Damon, Catherine Wagner, and Kaplan Harris.

In his write-up on the PoemTalk blog, Filreis provides some context for the poems and the novel from which they're taken: "The book is more than a novel, of course, as we note. It is a mash-up of different genres, and at one point the group creates a long and even then incomplete list of the genres at work. Moreover, Acker invites us to wonder if she herself is a mash-up. The poems are translations of the love elegies of Sextus Propertius. They are at points so literal that Janey/Acker preserves the Latin word order in the English. Janey says elsewhere in Blood and Guts that translation is a crying out in response to pain. Janey has written a book report on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and the text of the paper is included (of course) in the novel. It is, the group observes, a perfect summary of the text yet written in 'the monosyllabic, resentful, crude style' of the heretical proto-punk girl. Acker turns Hester into Janey and there you have it: the punkification of the sort of internal exile Hawthorne was exploring." You can read more about the program 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.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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