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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On Hart Crane's Birthday

Posted 7/21/2016

Iconic poet Hart Crane was born one hundred and seventeen years ago, and though his life was tragically short he left behind an influential body of work that continues to captivate readers to this day.

To mark the occasion we're pointing readers towards PennSound's Hart Crane author page. While it's not exactly comprehensive, it does offer up a few worthwhile resources and give you a chance to reflect on Crane's life and work. The main attraction here is a January 24, 2007 event at our own Kelly Writers House commemorating the publication of the Library of America's Complete Poems and Selected Letters (edited by Langdon Hammer), which was co-sponsored by the Library of America, the Poetry Society of America, Temple-Penn Poetics, UPenn's Creative Writing Program, and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. After introductory comments by Charles Bernstein there are talks by Brian Reed, author of Hart Crane: After his Lights and Samuel R. Delaney, followed by a half-hour discussion of Crane's legacy that also featured Rob Casper, Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. Additionally, via the website Brain Pickings, we have links to Tennessee Williams reading two of Crane's poems, "The Broken Tower" and "The Hurricane."

To listen to these recordings, click the title above.

Robert Grenier and Etel Adnan, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 2016

Posted 7/20/2016

Our latest addition to our site isn't just new to the archive, but also pretty recent in and of itself.
This reading by Robert Grenier and conversation between the poet and Etel Adnan — recorded on June 1st of this year at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, England — served as the inaugural event for Etel Adnan: the Weight of the World. As the curators note, this is the "first solo exhibition in a UK public institution" for the Lebanon-born painter, essayist, and poet, which brings together "work from across her career and including paintings, drawings, poetry, film and tapestry." It will run through September 11th. More information about this event, as well as a number of wonderful photos, can be found here.

In sharing news of this video being posted, our own Charles Bernstein also noted "Bilder Lessen," Hans Ulrich Obrist's recent piece on Grenier in Das Magazine, along with Paul Stephens' recent piece in Art in America on the poet.

Newly Segmented Tom Raworth Readings

Posted 7/18/2016

Last week, when we announced our newly-added 1989 studio recording of Tom Raworth produced by Drury and Lois Baum in Chicago, we briefly mentioned the wealth of recordings available on our Raworth author page. Well today we're back to highlight a number of recordings from there that are now available as individual MP3 tracks.

Altogether there are five recordings that have been segmented. The earliest of these is an April 15, 1982 reading at SUNY-Buffalo introduced by Robert Creeley. It's a long reading consisting of several long pieces, among them "Face" (broken into its three subparts), "Writing," and parts one and two of "Catacaustic." Next up is Raworth's March 1, 1985 reading at the New College, which, more characteristically, squeezes thirty-six brief titles into a thirty-three minute set. That's followed by a March 4, 1988 reading at Buffalo's Allentown Community Center that mixes shorter pieces ("Waiting," "Situations," "The West") with longer ones ("Six Days," "New Moon"), concluding with a twenty-seven minute rendition of the sonnet sequence "Sentenced to Death."

From there, we jump forward to 2001 for a pair of recordings, starting in the springtime with a short Segue Series reading at Double Happiness on March 10th featuring ten poems along with opening and closing comments. Raworth turned in another brief set at Buffalo's Steel Bar on October 31st, that included "Intellectual Compost 3 and 4," "Sixty Words I've Never Used Before," "No Hard Feelings," "Ingot We Trust," "Looking for Language," and "Drinking Electricity."

Click on the individual links above to be taken directly to those readings, or click here to browse our Raworth author page at your leisure. (photograph © 2003 by Gloria Graham)

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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