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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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Congratulations to MacArthur Fellows Nelson and Rankine

Posted 9/22/2016

Amidst a very competitive field — that also included cultural historian Josh Kun, author Lauren Redniss, and art historian Kellie Jones (daughter of Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka) — we were very excited to see PennSound authors Maggie Nelson and Claudia Rankine amongst this year's MacArthur Fellows.

Nelson is hailed as "a writer forging a new mode of nonfiction that transcends the divide between the personal and the intellectual and renders pressing issues of our time into portraits of day-to-day lived experience." The citation continues: "In all of her work, Nelson remains skeptical of truisms and ideologies and continually challenges herself to consider multiple perspectives. Her empathetic and open-ended way of thinking—her willingness to change her mind and even embrace qualities of two seemingly incompatible positions—offers a powerful example for how very different people can think and live together." You can read more here.

Rankine is recognized as "a poet illuminating the emotional and psychic tensions that mark the experiences of many living in twenty-first-century America" by way of "a[n] accessible and pluralistic approach [that] portray[s] how external, public forces in American life can impinge on one's emotional state." In the Los Angeles Times Rankine reflected that "The MacArthur is given to my subject through me. The subject of trying to change the discourse of black people being equated with criminality and murdered inside a culture where white fear has justified the continued incarceration, murder of blacks and other people of color. I do feel like I am just incidental in a certain way to the prize, and that the prize is being given to the subject — that I am completely invested in." Read her complete citation here.

We send our heartiest congratulations to these two very deserving authors, and couldn't be prouder to share their groundbreaking work with our listeners.

New Series Page: City Planning Poetics

Posted 9/21/2016

Last May, we announced an exciting new series being held at our own Kelly Writers House, "City Planning Poetics," which is organized and hosted by Davy Knittle. Held once per semester, this series' mission is to "invite one or more poets and one or more planners, designers, planning historians or others working in the field of city planning to discuss a particular topic central to their work, to ask each other questions, and to read from their current projects."

Today, we're unveiling a new series page for "City Planning Poetics,", along with its Fall 2016 installment. Recorded on September 6th, this event was framed by these questions: "What are the tools that shape the built environment? Where did they come from? How have they been used?" The panelists offering answers were Francesca Russello Ammon, an assistant professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation in the School of Design, and Philadelphia-based poet Jason Mitchell, who also organizes the Frank O'Hara's Last Lover reading series.

You can listen to and/or watch the seventy-five minute event here, along with the first event in the series, recorded last February, in which Jena Osman and Amy Hillier explored the questions "What is a map? What can a map do?"

Charles Bernstein Remembers Ted Greenwald

Posted 9/19/2016

Over at Jacket2, Charles Bernstein has posted the text of his contribution to last week's Ted Greenwald tribute at the St. Mark's Poetry Project. You can read it here.

"I first met Ted Greenwald in 1975, in and around the Poetry Project," he begins. "He was my guide to much of what interested me among the local poets: he never hesitated to say what he liked and didn't in the poems and people around us. It's not just that he didn't suffer fools easily, but he was hilarious in skewing pretenses and false premises. We always had a good time talking, with my indirectness dancing with his blunt wisdom like two people doing the cha-cha on the point of a fountain pen."

Elsewhere, in a particularly inspiring passage, Bernstein discusses the long conversational lunches the two shared at the Queensborough Bar and Grill: "Ted always said we lived like rich people because we had our time to ourselves: he was working delivering the Village Voice once a week and I was on and off unemployment. For Ted, free time, making time free, time to write and think and talk, that was everything. And that never changed."

You can read more of Bernstein's recollections here, and don't forget to check out our Ted Greenwald author page, where you can enjoy audio and video recordings from the early 1970s up to the present decade.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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