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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Today at KWH: Two Cid Corman Events

Posted 9/16/2014

Today the Kelly Writers House will host two events celebrating the work of Cid Corman. Both events will be webcast live, and you can watch the live video streams of both via KWH-TV. Here are the details for each event:

At 4:00 PM (EDT) Al Filreis will moderate a discussion about Corman's work featuring Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, and Frank Sherlock.

At 6:00 PM (EDT) there will be a celebratory reading featuring eight poets, scholars, and fans of Cid Corman — Laynie Browne, Pattie McCarthy, Jenn McCreary, Joshua Moses, Devaney, Dunne, Sherlock, and Filreis — reading and briefly commenting upon selected Corman poems, one per person.

Of course, recordings of both events will be added to PennSound's Cid Corman author page in the near future, but here's your opportunity to catch them as they happen — and of course if you're in Philadelphia, please stop by to enjoy them in person (at 3805 Locust Walk).

New at Jacket2: Amiri Baraka Interviewed in 2010

Posted 9/15/2014

Today at Jacket2 we launched a very exciting new interview by Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich — you might recall his all-encompassing interview with Bruce Andrews that we published two years ago — with the legendary Amiri Baraka. Subtitled "To Understand It As a Worker and Understand It As an Intellectual," this interview is, Büscher-Ulbrich believes, "the last scholarly interview with Amiri Baraka before his saddening passing on January 9, 2014." He continues: "Baraka here tackles subjects such as radical politics and aesthetics, Marxism and class struggle (in music), vanguardism, Black Arts poetry performance and activism, language writing, the modernist epic mode, and responses to 'Somebody Blew Up America' as well as anti-colonial and United Front politics." As the photo above attests, "although Amiri had originally given me 'one hour,' we all spent the rest of that sweet afternoon together, drinking strong coffee, eating strawberries (!), and talking radical politics, while Coltrane, Sanders, Shepp, et al. were taking turns and blowing choruses throughout."

After you've had a chance to read Büscher-Ulbrich's marvelous interview, don't forget to check out PennSound's Amiri Baraka author page , which is home to a modest collection of recordings spanning five decades, from a pair of powerful readings by a young LeRoi Jones in the mid-1960s to a 2007 appearance on Cross Cultural Poetics.

Happy Birthday, Jackson Mac Low!

Posted 9/12/2014

September 12th would have been the ninety-second birthday of the one and only Jackson Mac Low, and that's as good a reason as any to revisit some of the recordings housed on his PennSound author page.

There you'll find a wide array of audio and video spanning four decades, from the 1970s up till just a few months before his death in December 2004. In addition to numerous readings — including seven Segue Series sets, recordings from the St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Living Theater, the Line Reading Series, PhillyTalks, the Radio Reading Project, the Orono 40s conference, and more — along with talks from the St. Mark's Talks series, SUNY-Buffalo, the New Langton Arts Center, and LINEbreak, videos from Public Access Poetry and Mac Low's 75th birthday festschrift, and numerous complete album releases (often with Anne Tardos). You'll also want to check out the 2008 book launch event for Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works, which features Tardos, Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Drew Gardner, Joan Retallack, Chris Mason, and others, ass well as PoemTalk #46 on Mac Low's "Words nd Ends from Ez." Finally, you'll find links to Mac Low's EPC author page, which is home to numerous texts, interviews, and tributes.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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