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From "Down To Write You This Poem Sat" at the Oakville Gallery

Contemporary
  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
Historical
  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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Gregory Corso: New Author Page

Posted 6/3/2017

Thanks to the efforts of the one-and-only Raymond Foye, we're very excited to announce a new author page for legendary Beat bard Gregory Corso. Hailed by confrere Allen Ginsberg as "a poet's Poet, his verse pure velvet, close to John Keats for our time, exquisitely delicate in manners of the Muse," who "has been and always will be a popular poet, awakener of youth, puzzlement & pleasure for sophisticated elder bibliophiles." He continues, judging Corso as "'Immortal' as immortal is, Captain Poetry exampling revolution of Spirit, his 'poetry the opposite of hypocrisy,' a longer, laughably unlaurelled by native prizes, divine Poet Maudit, rascal poet Villonesque and Rimbaudian whose wild fame's extended for decades around the world from France to China, World poet."

While there will be more recordings to come in the future, we launch our Corso author page with five complete readings plus an undated individual track ("Police") taken from the St. Mark's Poetry Project. The earliest of these recordings is a 1971 event at Duke University, followed by a 1985 reading as part of the "Art of Poetry" series at the San Francisco Art Institute, a 1991 reading at Brooklyn College, and a 1993 reading at Rutgers. There's also a rollicking New York City reading by Corso along with Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and John Wieners from 1992.

Again, we express our gratitude to Raymond Foye for his help in securing these recordings and permission to post them. We look forward to more wonderful Corso content in time.


In Memoriam: Larry Fagin (1937-2017)

Posted 5/30/2017

Today brings the sad news that Larry Fagin — a New York School mainstay and editor of Adventures in Poetry and Sal Mimeo — passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 79 on May 27th.

Kyle Schlesinger penned a lovely tribute on the Cuneiform Press website, where he details the start of their two-decade friendship: "Larry was the first real poet I ever met. I must have been 19 or so. It was a memorable spring day on the Lower East Side, kids zipping around Tompkins Square Park, birds, and the smell of soft earth was in the air. My friend Luisa Giugliano had hired Larry as a private tutor, as so many poets of our generation had. Larry taught out of his living room, providing long lists of paintings to look at, books to read, movies to watch. We met outside his apartment on East 12th Street between First and Avenue A. He looked so cool with his elbow propped on the building, holding his breezy hair in his hand, and spoke enthusiastically about something called the 'internet' where you could buy any record you wanted."

He continues, describing a recording that you can hear on Fagin's PennSound author page: "We read together just once, at the Bowery Poetry Club just before Christmas in 2008. Larry thought it would be fun to do the shortest reading ever, so we agreed to each keep our sets to ten minutes or less. The audience was a little bewildered, but it was a sweet and modestly refreshing occasion in its own way." In addition to that Segue Series reading, you'll also find an undated recording from the St. Mark's Poetry Project and a 1974 reading in Bolinas, plus a link to video from a 2014 event from Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series.

Those looking to learn more about him might start with Chadwick Moore's 2011 New York Times profile. We send our condolences to Fagin's friends, family, colleagues, and students.


Poetry in Conversation at the Centre for Stories, Northbridge, Western Australia

Posted 5/26/2017

One of our latest series pages is for "Poetry in Conversation," hosted at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge, Western Australia, the aim of which is "to tell good stories in the hope of strengthening connections between people and encouraging a more inclusive and informed community."

The series' host is Robert Wood, who's also curated some terrific Oceania-centric critical work for Jacket2. We're able to present five events in total that took place between February and May of this year, which includes four solo conversations with Sampurna Chattarji, Siobhan Hodge, Jeremy Balius, and James Quinton, and a Westerly Reading event showcasing the work of Amy Hilhorst, Chris Arnold, and Wood himself.

For those interested in more Australian PennSound content, don't forget to check out our Australian Poets audio anthology (curated by Pam Brown in conjunction with the Jacket2 feature, "Fifty-One Contemporary Poets from Australia") and our series page for the School of Life: Melbourne reading series (also curated by Wood).


Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, Colin Browne on Tour, 2017

Posted 5/24/2017

Earlier this spring a trio of formidable Canadian poets — Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and Colin Browne — set out on a tour of the US. Their Philadelphia stop included a reading at the Penn Book Center on March 15th, which we are very happy to make available in both audio and video format.

In addition to that recording, Marlatt and Browne — both being somewhat less represented in the PennSound archives than Wah — were invited to stop by our Wexler Studio at the Kelly Writers House to record brief sets of their work, and when the trio visited New York a week earlier, PennSound co-director Charles Bernstein also invited the pair to record episodes for his long-running radio series Close Listening (n.b. Wah recorded a fantastic set of programs for the series in 2010).

These three sets of recordings form the basis for new author pages for both Marlatt and Colin Browne, which you can visit by clicking on each linked name. Wah's contrbutions can be found on his PennSound author page.


New Belladonna* Recordings from 2016 to Present

Posted 5/18/2017

We recently added several new recordings to our homepage for Belladonna*, the venerable "reading series and independent press that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language."

The earliest of these readings took place on March 14, 2016 at Queens College, CUNY, and featured sets from Natalie Diaz and Sandra Lim. That was followed by an April 12, 2016 event at Shoestring Press, New York with readings by Megan Kaminski, Rachel Levitsky, and Yanyi Luo." Jumping forward to the fall, we have November 22, 2016 event cosponsored by Lambda Literary at BAM with a line-up including readings by Theodore (ted) Kerr and Jamara Wakefield, and Keelay Gipson, along with a performance by t?ai freedom ford.

Our last two events come from this past March. First, from the 4th, there's "Great Waves: Annual Intern/Volunteer Reading" hosted by Krystal Languell with sets from Sarah Francois, Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, Marines Gonzalez-DeJesus, Belynda Jones, Krystal Languell, Savannah Hampton, and Yoomee Ohayon. Finally, from the 30th, we have an event co-presented by Belladonna* Vetch Magazine at New York's Bureau of General Services — Queer Division with performances from Aristilde Kirby and Samuel Ace.

You'll find these and a great many more recordings going back to the collaborative's founding in 1999 on our Belladonna* homepage.


PennSound Daily is written by Michael S. Hennessey.

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