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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Bob Perelman Retirement Celebration, 2015

Posted 5/1/2015

It's the end of an era at the University of Pennsylvania as Bob Perelman retires at the end of this academic year. To celebrate his long and fruitful time here, the Kelly Writers House hosted a grand sendoff for the poet and scholar on April 10th of this year.

Al Filreis started off the event, which featured tributes from colleagues, students (both current and former), and friends — many of whom came from far and wide (from New York City, Memphis, Montreal) — including Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, Kathy Lou Schultz, Sarah Arkebauer, Bruce Andrews, Kristen Gallagher, Dave Espy, Matt Hart, James Sherry, Amy Kaplan, Rachel DuPlessis, Greg Djanikian, Orchid Tierney, and Ariel Reznikoff. Aside from an overabundance of wonderful stories, memories, and toasts, the event also included the presentation of Memory is a Kind of Accomplishment, a tribute anthology edited by Tierney and Reznikoff with contributions from many of those gathered as well as friends from across Perelman's lifetime.

The entire event, running more than three hours, is available in two video files (with accompanying MP3s), and Perelman's speech is broken out as its own short video. You can watch/listen on PennSound's Bob Perelman author page, where you'll also find a diverse archive of recordings from the late 1970s to the present.

John Yau at the Kelly Writers House, 2015

Posted 4/29/2015

One of the latest additions to our archives is a pair of recordings from John Yau's recent visit to our own Kelly Writers House last Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

We have both audio and video from Yau's evening reading in the Arts Cafe, which begins with brief opening comments by Charles Bernstein and a formal introduction by Ashley Chang, a UPenn doctoral student, who frames her observations through Yau's poem, "Further Adventures in Monochrome," noting that his work "does not deal in stable oppositions, but situates itself, instead, at the ever-shifting delineation between what appears to be a given and what is unexpected." She continues, "His use of sound respond to a history of American Orientalism, to a particular mode of visually representing the Asiatic other: one that plays off fears and tropes of the other as alternately inscrutable menace or bumbling subservient." Yau's set, which runs slightly less than an hour, features selections from Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), and his latest collection, Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012), along with newer poems. In addition to Yau's reading, we also have audio from his visit — earlier in the day — to Bernstein's ENG 288 class, where he discusses his work with the students.

John Richetti Reads Victorian Dramatic Monologues, 2015

Posted 4/27/2015

The one and only John Richetti is back with another stellar set of recordings for our PennSound Classics page — this time, a variety of Victorian dramatic monologues, which were recorded at the Wexler Studio at our own Kelly Writers House on April 13, 2015.

Richetti begins with several pieces by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, including "Ulysses," "Tithonus," "Locksley Hall," and "Crossing the Bar," as well as twenty minutes of selections from In Memoriam. That's followed by five poems by Robert Browning — "A Toccata of Galuppi's," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Andrea del Sarto," and "My Last Duchess" — along with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point." Next up is Matthew Arnold, with "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse," "Dover Beach," "Thyrsis," and "The Scholar-Gipsy," before Richetti's session ends with single poems by John Swinburne ("Hymn to Proserpine") and Edgar Allan Poe ("The Raven").

As is always the case with these sessions — which we've has been graced with us with for ten whole years — the listener benefits not only from Richetti's expertise and thoughtful selections, but also his robust reading voice. You'll find his renditions of poems by William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Donne, John Dryden, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jonathan Swift, and William Wordsworth, on the PennSound Classics homepage, along with Richetti's PennSound Anthology of Restoration and 18th-Century Verse and 106 Favorite Poems, Good for Memorizing.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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