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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Eileen Myles: KWH Fellows Reading, 2016

Posted 6/27/2016

If you weren't lucky enough to make it to this year's Kelly Writers House Fellows events featuring Eileen Myles this past March then you'll certainly want to check out these recently-segmented tracks from her March 21st reading as part of that visit.

After lavish introductions from Al Filreis, Lily Applebaum, and Amanda Silberling, Myles reads for nearly an hour, offering up new poems, as well as selections from her two most recent publications: I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014 and the twentieth-anniversary republication of her novel, Chelsea Girls. Among other poems, Myles read "Reading Your Name," "Cigarette Girl," "A Gift for You," "Western Poem," "May 26th," "Lark," "Failed Appointment," "Kitchen Holidays," and "Summer." Listeners will also enjoy audio and video footage from Myles' morning conversation with Filreis the following day.

Rob Fitterman: Newly Segmented Recordings

Posted 6/24/2016

We've been doing some summer segmenting of previously-posted whole recordings — as you can see from the "New at PennSound" sidebar to the right. We'll be highlighting some of those newly-available tracks sporadically, and today we start with two readings from Rob Fitterman.

The more recent of these is his Whenever We Feel Like It reading with Katie Price and Michael Sosnick at our own Kelly Writers House on April 13th of this year. His half-hour set began with his adaptation of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," then continues with "Dave," before concluding with "No Wait, Yep, Definitely Still Hate Myself."

Jumping back three years, our next segmented set is an April 27, 2013 Segue Series reading at the Zinc Bar. This thirty-two minute reading consisted of three customer chats following the process that originated in his May 2010 project "Rob's Word Shop" — a storefront on the Bowery where, in consultation with Fitterman, customers could decide upon (and purchase) letters, words, and strings of words.

These are just two readings among twenty years' worth of recordings that you can find on our Rob Fitterman author page. You can explore those offerings, and the aforementioned sets, by clicking on the title above.

PoemTalk 101: on Ed Dorn's "The Sundering U.P. Tracks"

Posted 6/22/2016

Last week we released the one-hundred-and-first episode in the PoemTalk Podcast series, featuring a discussion of Ed Dorn's poem "The Sundering U.P. Tracks" from his collection The North Atlantic Turbine (1967). For this episode, host Al Filreis was joined by a panel including (from left to right) Simone White, Sophia Le Fraga, and Andrew Whiteman.

In his introduction on the PoemTalk blog, Filreis offers a rather complex contextualization of the poem: "The recording of the poem, available at Dorn's PennSound page, is undated and (as yet) unsourced. For the purposes of our discussion we assumed that the performance was roughly contemporaneous with the publication of the poem — so, let us say, late 1960s or early 1970s. Listeners to the episode will sense that the apparent importance of that dating is not entirely clear to us, but that in the emergence of our political reading of the poem we situate it as a late-1960s reflection back on a slightly earlier moment of realization and radicalization: it recollects and with a bit of distance and greater knowledge recalls the turning-point summer of 1965, when Dorn's collaborator, photographer Leroy McLucas, came to Pocatello only to discover that because of the racial dividing line he had to be housed on the other side of the tracks. The racial trope and idiom of the US East reverts to its literal origins in the making of the US West. And there it is: the key fault line, a built-environment actuality and metaphor. The drawing of a line is the sundering that is endemic to the use of Right of Way to abet the westward expansion of American capital." 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.

PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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