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John Richetti Reads Victorian Dramatic Monologues, 2015

Posted 4/27/2015

The one and only John Richetti is back with another stellar set of recordings for our PennSound Classics page — this time, a variety of Victorian dramatic monologues, which were recorded at the Wexler Studio at our own Kelly Writers House on April 13, 2015.

Richetti begins with several pieces by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, including "Ulysses," "Tithonus," "Locksley Hall," and "Crossing the Bar," as well as twenty minutes of selections from In Memoriam. That's followed by five poems by Robert Browning — "A Toccata of Galuppi's," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's Church," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Andrea del Sarto," and "My Last Duchess" — along with Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point." Next up is Matthew Arnold, with "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse," "Dover Beach," "Thyrsis," and "The Scholar-Gipsy," before Richetti's session ends with single poems by John Swinburne ("Hymn to Proserpine") and Edgar Allan Poe ("The Raven").

As is always the case with these sessions — which we've has been graced with us with for ten whole years — the listener benefits not only from Richetti's expertise and thoughtful selections, but also his robust reading voice. You'll find his renditions of poems by William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Donne, John Dryden, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Jonathan Swift, and William Wordsworth, on the PennSound Classics homepage, along with Richetti's PennSound Anthology of Restoration and 18th-Century Verse and 106 Favorite Poems, Good for Memorizing.


PoemTalk 87: Two by Emily Dickinson

Posted 4/24/2015

Earlier this week, we released the eighty-seventh program in the PoemTalk Podcast series, which focuses on two poems by Emily Dickinson — "She rose to His Requirement" and "Wild Nights — Wild Nights!" — read by Susan Leites and Jan Heller Levi respectively, as part of a 1979 celebration of Dickinson's birthday held at the St. Mark's Poetry Project. This time around, host Al Filreis is joined by a panel that includes Michelle Taransky, Cecilia Corrigan, and Lily Applebaum.

Filreis' write-up on the PoemTalk blog starts by considering the broad scope of the panelists' discussion, which "ranged across many related topics, among them the intentional re-engineering of the gendered pronoun; the excitement of wanting Dickinson's poems to be complicated; the tossing out of the tools that get you to safe harbor and the conception of writing as being at sea; linguistic constraint as sexiness; the power of unidiomatic language; marriage as disabling awe; the unsaying or un-mentioning of hidden amplitude; the poem as itself work; metrical irregularity as a form of 'busting' social requirement; resistance to poetic distribution as triumph and not gender tragedy; and mooring as a form of sexuality." You can read more about the program 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.


Cross Cultural Poetics: New Episodes Part 2 (322-328)

Posted 4/22/2015

Last time, we discussed the first eight of fourteen new Cross Cultural Poetics programs that had just been added to our archives. Today, we'll detail the last seven.

We begin with two shows initially aired on February 17, 2015: first, episode #322, "322 Poetry in Motion," which starts off with Alice Quinn, Executive Director of The Poetry Society of America, discussing her "Poetry in Motion" collaboration with the MTA and the NYC subway system, and concludes with Edwin Frank reads his poem "In The Dark." That's followed by #323, "Semele," in which Tomer Zvulun, director of Seattle Opera's new production of Handel's Semele, and General and Artistic Director of Atlanta Opera, talks about his work, and host Leonard Schwartz reads from Roberto Bolano's poetry collection, The Unknown University (New Directions).

Next up, two episodes from February 24, 2015, starting with episode #324, "Modiano's Suspended Sentences," in which translator Mark Polizzotti talks about and reads from his work on Nobel Prize winning fiction writer Patrick Modiano's Suspended Sentences (Yale University Press). Episode #325, 'Beethoven & Cubism," is next, with Edwin Frank, the Publisher of NYRB Classics Series, talking about Sanford Friedman's posthumously published novel Conversations with Beethoven, and a return visit from Mark Polizzotti — this time in his role as Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Metropolitan Museum of Arts publishing wing — to talk about his ideas on the making of art books, with a focus on the recent Cubism: the Leonard Lauder Collection, co-edited by Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow.

We proceed into March with a trio of single programs. From March 3, 2015 there's episode #326, "Angels of The Americlypse," in which Co-editor Carmen Gimenez-Smith discusses her new anthology Angels of The Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath Press). Next, from March 5, 2015, episode #327, "Climate Justice and the Framing of Nature," featuring political ecologist and TESC faculty member Shangrila Joshi talking about her former work as environmental reporter for The Himalyan Times in her native country, Nepal, as well as her current scholarship on the political ecology of the Atmospheric Commons. Finally, from March 10, 2015, we have episode #328, "Berlin," in which Peter Wortsman talks about and reads from his memoir of Berlin, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray (Traveler's Tales).

You can listen to all of these episodes of Leonard Schwartz's long-running radio program on PennSound's Cross Cultural Poetics series page, and don't forget to check out the astounding archive of previous programs from 2003 to the present.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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