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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Robert Creeley Reads Charles Olson, KWLS 2003

Posted 10/24/2014

We're closing out the week with a newly added recording of Robert Creeley discussing Charles Olson — who was, in Creeley's words, an "extraordinary comrade and resource all through his life" — and reading from "Maximus, to Gloucester" at the Key West Literary Seminar in 2003.

Here, from a blog post on the KWLS site is Executive Director Arlo Haskell's description of this brief five-minute recording: As part of a panel discussion in 2003, we asked Robert Creeley to read and comment upon one of his favorite poems. It was no surprise when he selected a poem by his great friend and comrade, Charles Olson. Creeley reads passages from his introduction to Olson's Selected Poems, and reads the latter half of Olson's "Maximus, to Gloucester," which concludes:

John White had seen it
in his eye
but fourteen men
of whom we know eleven

twenty-two eyes
and the snow flew
where gulls now paper
the skies

where fishing continues
and my heart lies

To listen to this recording and many more from Robert Creeley, visit our Robert Creeley author page.

Dan Ochiva: 'Jack and Kate' (1982)

Posted 10/22/2014

Following Monday's new addition from Henry Hills, here's another interesting film just added to PennSound's video holdings: Dan Ochiva's "Jack and Kate." Charles Bernstein introduced the piece yesterday in a Jacket2 commentary post.

Here's Ochiva's description of the film: "The film was shot around 1982, after Richard Foreman had finished [RIchard Foreman's] Strong Medicine, where Kate wore the wedding dress she wore in the film. I didn't edit the two reels together until around 2005, adding found sound and the blue overlay. I was told that Kate and Jack had never met before, and with no script or plan, they began interacting. The film is exactly as shot in camera, without any editing. I used two rolls of Kodak 16mm Tri-X B/W film. It was never exhibited as a film, existing only in this version."

Henry Hills and Sally Silvers: 'Little Lieutenant,' 1994

Posted 10/20/2014

PennSound has been very happy to host work by filmmaker Henry Hills for many years now, and today we've added an exciting 1994 collaboration between Hills and choreographer Sally Silvers, "Little Lieutenant." Here's Hills' summary of the film:

Little Lieutenant is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God", and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History". Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every 4 measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear screen projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Scenes range through a Citizen Kane-esque pan up a forboding structure, idyllic lovers in both pastoral and industrial settings, labor marches, a lonely walk down a deserted alley, a bar brawl, a Motown-ish girl group, a dream sequence, and a giddy animation, up to the terrors of war and a bittersweet conclusion: an elaborate music video.

To watch this film, and many more Hills works spanning thirty years, visit PennSound's Henry Hills author page.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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