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PoemTalk Podcast #62, discussing Charles Alexander's "Near or Random Acts," February 5, 2013

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Reading Near or Random Acts, Tucson, AZ, August 27, 2012

  • introductory remarks (0:31): MP3
    1. Near or Random Acts 1 (0:25): MP3
    2. Near or Random Acts 2 (0:21): MP3
    3. Near or Random Acts 3 (0:21): MP3
    4. Near or Random Acts 4 (0:21): MP3
    5. Near or Random Acts 5 (0:20): MP3
    6. Near or Random Acts 6 (0:22): MP3
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    10. Near or Random Acts 10 (0:22): MP3
    11. Near or Random Acts 11 (0:19): MP3
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    13. Near or Random Acts 13 (0:22): MP3
    14. Near or Random Acts 14 (0:20): MP3
    15. Near or Random Acts 15 (0:21): MP3
    16. Near or Random Acts 16 (0:19): MP3
    17. Near or Random Acts 17 (0:19): MP3
    18. Near or Random Acts 18 (0:20): MP3
    19. Near or Random Acts 19 (0:22): MP3
    20. Near or Random Acts 20 (0:27): MP3
    21. Near or Random Acts 21 (0:23): MP3
    22. Near or Random Acts 22 (0:18): MP3
    23. Near or Random Acts 23 (0:21): MP3
    24. Near or Random Acts 24 (0:17): MP3
    25. Near or Random Acts 25 (0:19): MP3
    26. Near or Random Acts 26 (0:23): MP3
    27. Near or Random Acts 27 (0:23): MP3
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    29. Near or Random Acts 29 (0:18): MP3
    30. Near or Random Acts 30 (0:17): MP3
    31. Near or Random Acts 31 (0:39): MP3
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    33. Near or Random Acts 33 (0:16): MP3
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    44. Near or Random Acts 44 (0:14): MP3
    45. Near or Random Acts 45 (0:18): MP3
    46. Near or Random Acts 46 (0:16): MP3
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    52. Near or Random Acts 52 (0:28): MP3
    53. Near or Random Acts 53 (0:16): MP3
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    55. Near or Random Acts 55 (0:20): MP3
    56. Near or Random Acts 56 (0:19): MP3, text
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    58. Near or Random Acts 58 (0:24): MP3, text
    59. Near or Random Acts 59 (0:12): MP3, text
    60. Near or Random Acts 60 (0:18): MP3, text
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    62. Near or Random Acts 62 (0:19): MP3, text
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    67. Near or Random Acts 67 (0:20): MP3
    68. Near or Random Acts 68 (0:18): MP3
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    70. Near or Random Acts 70 (0:18): MP3

Complete Reading (24:32): MP3

Recording engineered and produced by Drew Burk

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #250: Water and Tree, March 15, 2012

  • Alexander reads from and discusses his latest book of poetry, Pushing Water (Cuneiform Books) (29:42): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, September 27, 2011

  • complete reading (1:07:24): MP3

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PoemTalk Podcast #45, discussing Eileen Myles' "Snakes," September 10, 2011

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #227 with host Leonard Schwartz, February 13, 2011

  • complete recording (13:29): MP3

Selected recent poems, recorded at the Kelly Writers House, February 1, 2011

  1. translation of Sappho's "Some say horsemen, some say warriors" (0:52): MP3
  2. Ars Amatorio, or How I Learned to Walk in Light (2:15): MP3
  3. Pushing Water, 47 (5:28): MP3
  4. Pushing Water: Coda, 105 (0:09): MP3
  5. Pushing Water: Coda, 106 (0:17): MP3
  6. Pushing Water: Coda, 107 (0:10): MP3
  7. Pushing Water: Coda, 108 (0:23): MP3
  8. Pushing Water: Coda, 109 (0:49): MP3
  9. notes and poems from journal, Dec. 2010 to Jan. 2011 (6:39): MP3
  10. Sonnet Dream for Leslie Scalapino (2:19): MP3
  11. Sonnet for Harry Smith Print Shop (1:09): MP3
  12. Portland Sonnet (1:18): MP3
  13. Sonnet for David (1:19): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, February 1, 2011

  • complete reading (48:30): MP3

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PennSound Podcast #20: Letterpress Publishing, February 1, 2011

A discussion with Al Filreis about 27 years of Chax Press, predecessors and influences in the world of 20th-century letterpress publishing: MP3. [For more PennSound podcasts, go here.]

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #190 with host Leonard Schwartz, April 19, 2009

Complete recording (39:20): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, April 18, 2009

  1. introduction (3:51): MP3
  2. introduction by Charles Alexander (2:10): MP3
  3. A Song (0:59): MP3
  4. A Book for Barbara (1:39): MP3
  5. Cardinal, 5 (0:57): MP3
  6. Cardinal, 16 (0:39): MP3
  7. Pushing Water, 30 (3:00): MP3
  8. Pushing Water, 37 (4:23): MP3
  9. Pushing Water, 42 (1:56): MP3
  10. Pushing Water, 43 (1:03): MP3
  11. Introduction to Pushing Water, 46 (2:11): MP3
  12. Pushing Water, 46 (3:26): MP3
  • complete reading (39:22): MP3

Threads Talk Series, April 16, 2009

  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (2:31): MP3
  2. Talk: "Between Poetics" (42:40): MP3
  3. Conversation (29:39): MP3

Complete Recording (1:15:12): MP3

Appearing on POG Sound reading at The Drawing Studio, Tuscon, AZ, March 15, 2008

Complete reading (30:47): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #144 with host Leonard Schwartz, June 17, 2007

Complete recording (20:43): MP3

Reading for Double Change, Paris, June 13, 2007

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #139 with host Leonard Schwartz, May 7, 2007

Complete recording (18:55): MP3

Reading at the Chax Press NYC Book Launch at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, January 14, 2007

complete reading (6:48): MP3

complete program (58:54): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, March 25, 2006

  1. Introduction by Charles Borkhuis (2:58): MP3
  2. from Near or Random Acts (1:09): MP3
  3. Untitled (1:06): MP3
  4. Mother (Merle Alexander 1918 - ) (3:39): MP3
  5. Astrobiology as Perfume (4:17): MP3
  6. Pushing Water, 26 (2:16): MP3
  7. Pushing Water, 27 (8:37): MP3
  8. Pushing Water, 28 (0:56): MP3
  9. Pushing Water, 29 (5:27): MP3
  10. Pushing Water, 30 (1:30): MP3
  11. What To (2:34): MP3
  12. Pushing Water, 31 (3:09): MP3

Complete Reading (38:23): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics Episode #97 with host Leonard Schwartz, January 15, 2006

Complete recording (28:46): MP3

Reading from Near or Random Acts at the Gil Ott Celebration, UPenn, October 27, 2001

  • introductory remarks (2:29): MP3
  • Near or Random Acts: 16 - 29 (5:05): MP3
    1. Near or Random Acts 16 (0:21): MP3
    2. Near or Random Acts 17 (0:19): MP3
    3. Near or Random Acts 18 (0:19): MP3
    4. Near or Random Acts 19 (0:20): MP3
    5. Near or Random Acts 20 (0:23): MP3
    6. Near or Random Acts 21 (0:26): MP3
    7. Near or Random Acts 22 (0:18): MP3
    8. Near or Random Acts 23 (0:19): MP3
    9. Near or Random Acts 24 (0:17): MP3
    10. Near or Random Acts 25 (0:20): MP3
    11. Near or Random Acts 26 (0:20): MP3
    12. Near or Random Acts 27 (0:22): MP3
    13. Near or Random Acts 28 (0:23): MP3
    14. Near or Random Acts 29 (0:16): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, UPenn, October 25, 2001

  1. introductory remarks (1:01): MP3
  2. Near or Random Acts 1 (0:22): MP3
  3. Near or Random Acts 2 (0:21): MP3
  4. Near or Random Acts 3 (0:19): MP3
  5. Near or Random Acts 58 (0:48): MP3
  6. Near or Random Acts 59 (0:11): MP3
  7. Near or Random Acts 60 (0:14): MP3
  8. Near or Random Acts 61 (0:16): MP3
  9. Near or Random Acts 62 (0:17): MP3
  10. Near or Random Acts 63 (0:16): MP3
  11. Near or Random Acts 64 (0:17): MP3
  12. Near or Random Acts 65 (0:17): MP3
Complete reading (4:55): MP3

Reading at the Left Hand Reading Series, Boulder, CO, April 7, 2000

  1. Gusty Winds May Exist (1:01): MP3
  2. Etudes: 1 (2:26): MP3
  3. Etudes: 2 (1:31): MP3
  4. Etudes: 3 (1:32): MP3
  5. Etudes: 4 (1:29): MP3
  6. Etudes: 5 (1:25): MP3
  7. Etudes: 6 (1:28): MP3
  8. Etudes: 7 (1:35): MP3
  9. Etudes: 8 (1:25): MP3
  10. Etudes: 9 (1:24): MP3
  11. Etudes: 10 (1:49): MP3
  12. Etudes: 11 (1:46): MP3
  13. Etudes: 12 (1:45): MP3
  14. Etudes: 13 (1:41): MP3
  15. Etudes: 14 (1:44): MP3
  16. Rain Song (1:43): MP3
Complete reading (26:18): MP3

Reading for Wednesdays @ 4 Plus, SUNY-Buffalo, March 1, 1995

complete reading (54:17): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, NYC, May 11, 1990

Complete Reading (38:04): MP3

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