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From "Down To Write You This Poem Sat" at the Oakville Gallery

  1. Charles Bernstein, "Phone Poem" (2011) (1:30): MP3
  2. Caroline Bergvall, "Love song: 'The Not Tale (funeral)' from Shorter Caucer Tales (2006): MP3
  3. Christian Bôk, excerpt from Eunoia, from Chapter "I" for Dick Higgins (2009) (1:38):  MP3
  4. Tonya Foster, Nocturne II (0:40) (2010) MP3
  5. Ted Greenwald, "The Pears are the Pears" (2005) (0:29): MP3
  6. Susan Howe, Thorow, III (3:13) (1998):  MP3
  7. Tan Lin, "¼ : 1 foot" (2005) (1:16): MP3
  8. Steve McCaffery, "Cappuccino" (1995) (2:35): MP3
  9. Tracie Morris, From "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful" (2002) (3:40): MP3
  10. Julie Patton, "Scribbling thru the Times" (2016) (5:12): MP3
  11. Tom Raworth, "Errory" (c. 1975) (2:08): MP3
  12. Jerome Rothenberg, from "The First Horse Song of Frank Mitchell: 4-Voice Version" (c. 1975) (3:30): MP3
  13. Cecilia Vicuna, "When This Language Disappeared" (2009) (1:30): MP3
  1. Guillaume Apollinaire, "Le Pont Mirabeau" (1913) (1:14): MP3
  2. Amiri Baraka, "Black Dada Nihilismus" (1964) (4:02):  MP3
  3. Louise Bennett, "Colonization in Reverse" (1983) (1:09): MP3
  4. Sterling Brown, "Old Lem " (c. 1950s) (2:06):  MP3
  5. John Clare, "Vowelless Letter" (1849) performed by Charles Bernstein (2:54): MP3
  6. Velimir Khlebnikov, "Incantation by Laughter" (1910), tr. and performed by Bernstein (:28)  MP3
  7. Harry Partch, from Barstow (part 1), performed by Bernstein (1968) (1:11): MP3
  8. Leslie Scalapino, "Can’t’ is ‘Night’" (2007) (3:19): MP3
  9. Kurt Schwitters, "Ur Sonata: Largo" performed by Ernst Scwhitter (1922-1932) ( (3:12): MP3
  10. Gertrude Stein, If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1934-35) (3:42): MP3
  11. William Carlos Willliams, "The Defective Record" (1942) (0:28): MP3
  12. Hannah Weiner, from Clairvoyant Journal, performed by Weiner, Sharon Mattlin & Rochelle Kraut (2001) (6:12): MP3

Selected by Charles Bernstein (read more about his choices here)

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PoemTalk 105: on Michael Magee's "Morning Constitutional"

Posted 10/20/2016

Yesterday we released the latest episode (#105) in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which is focused on Michael Magee's poem "Morning Constitutional." For this show, host (and Kelly Writers House Faculty Director) Al Filreis is joined by a trio of panelists with deep ties to the house: Kristen Gallagher, Kerry Sherin Wright, and Joshua Schuster.

As Filreis explains in his introduction on the PoemTalk blog Magee was there at the start of KWH as well, more than twenty years ago: "This was Magee in his pre-Flarf days, the late 1990s. He was finishing a doctoral dissertation on Emerson, pragmatism, Ellison, and jazz; was beginning a relationship with the person, now his partner, who had created the Kensington Needle Exchange; was inventing the experimental little magazine Combo (under the auspices of the Writers House); and was taking long, daily morning Emersonian/Whitmanian constitutionals, walking the city incessantly described as the cradle of constitutional democracy. The book of poems resulting from these experiences, Morning Constitutional, was published in 1999 (by Kristen Gallagher's Handwritten Press), and then again in 2001." You can read more 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.

Ted Greenwald Memorial at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 2016

Posted 10/19/2016

We recently posted audio from the St. Mark's Poetry Project's tribute to Ted Greenwald, who passed away this past June.

Recorded on September 16th, this marathon event — running more than two hours in length — included contributions by

Alan Bernheimer, Charles Bernstein , Miles Champion, Alan Davies, Ryan Eckes, Ed Friedman, John Godfrey, Erica Hunt, Michael Lally, Ron Padgett, Arlo Quint, Kit Robinson, Kyle Schlesinger, Patricia Spears Jones, Stacy Szymaszek, Chris Tysh, Lewis Warsh, Barrett Watten, and Terence Winch. You can read more about the event here.

Don't forget about our Ted Greenwald author page, which is home to recordings from the early 1970s to the present, including readings, radio appearances, video from Public Access Poetry, and a two-part Close Listening program with Bernstein from 2005. You can read Bernstein's tribute to Greenwald here.

Rafael Barreto-Rivera: New Author Page

Posted 10/17/2016

Our latest author page is for Rafael Barreto-Rivera. There, you'll find his 1984 cassette, Scrabble Babble, released as part of the New Fire Tapes series from Membrane Press.

There are five tracks altogether. "Scrabble Babble" parts 1–3, are rooted (like a number of latter-day Bernadette Mayer poems) in lexicons generated by a game of Scrabble, but then veer off into extended phonemic vocal performances, with the third in the set aided by the presence of a self-oscillating (and at times modulating) delay. Barreto-Rivera's conscious interplay with the echo here is particularly fascinating and it's a shame that this is the shortest of the titular pieces.

The remaining two tracks take more rarified approaches to the techniques used in the "Scrabble Babble" sequence: "Air Blind" is a long, wordless piece that plays many varieties of human breathing against growls, drones, and guttural rumblings, while "Here It Has Rained (fragment)" features speech alone without manipulations of any sort.

Barreto-Rivera was, of course, also a member of the Four Horsemen — in the group photo above he's wearing a striped t-shirt — and we've also provided links to our Four Horsemen page, where you can immerse yourself in their always-exciting experiments with sound and performance, both live and in the studio.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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