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PoemTalk #88, Discussing Kathy Acker's "The Diseased," and "The Slave Trader", feat. Maria Damon, Catherine Wagner, and Kaplan Harris

Full episode (41:18): MP3

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




Redoing Childhood (released on Kill Rock Stars, KRS349, 1999)

  1. "President Bush" (5:15): MP3
  2. "Miss Savage's School For Girls" (8:22): MP3
  3. "The Temple Of Eros" (2:58): MP3
  4. "A Country That I've Never Seen" (4:47): MP3
  5. "I Will Stay With You Tonight" (10:40): MP3
  6. "Hotel Etoile Rouge" (7:33): MP3
  7. "Outside The Law, Which Is Language" (3:39): MP3
  8. "The Female Doctor" (6:42): MP3
  9. "Hotel Of The Lilac Eyes" (10:44): MP3
  10. "Face To Face With Death" (5:00): MP3
Produced by Hal Willner

Musicians: David Cunningham (keyboard), Ralph Carney (reeds), Joe Gore (guitar), Steve Bernstein (trumpet), Kenny Wollesen (drums), Tribe 8 (backing band)

Special thanks to Kill Rock Stars for their gracious permission to present this recording.

Pussy, King Of The Pirates, performed by The Mekons & Kathy Acker, 1996

  1. "My Name Is O" (0:34): MP3
  2. Ange's Song After She Crawled Through London (3:42): MP3
  3. "I Want To Tell You About Myself" (0:43): MP3
  4. The Song Of The Dogs (3:19): MP3
  5. "We're Just Outside London" (2:58): MP3
  6. Ostracism's Song For Pussycat (3:40): MP3
  7. "Antigone, You See Her" (0:34): MP3
  8. Antigone Speaks About Herself (3:50): MP3
  9. "Now Let Me Tell You..." (0:32): MP3
  10. My Song At Night (3:28): MP3
  11. "Since Ange And Me Are Innocent" (0:43): MP3
  12. Into The Strange (4:42): MP3
  13. Captured By Pirates (4:52): MP3
  14. A Prayer For All Sailors (3:03): MP3
  15. O (1:52): MP3
    Musicians:
  • Accordion, Vocals: Errol "Rico" Flynn
  • Banjo [Cumbus]: Blind Lugh
  • Bass: Sarah Corina
  • Drums: Steven Goulding
  • Fiddle: Captain "Kidd" Honeyperson
  • Guitar, Vocals: Jon Langford (2), Tom the Cabin Boy
  • Vocals: Master Sally Bates
  • Voice: More-Than-Able Seaman Acker (Tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

  • Written by Kathy Acker and The Mekons.
  • Engineered by Long Jon Gillver of Dubbe Island. Recorded by Baron Von Trumfio and Bosun Hagler, September 1995 at Kingsize Studios in Chicago and July 1995 in Leeds at an unnamed location. Artwork by S. Clay Wilson.
  • Released concurrently with Kathy Acker's novel of the same title.

Interview and Reading for the Wednesdays @ 4 Plus Series, SUNY-Buffalo, April 12, 1995

Hosted by Charles Bernstein.
  1. On publishing her early works (7:23): MP3
  2. On fitting in and punk culture (2:43): MP3
  3. On working through problems of identity, language and appropriation (7:10): MP3
  4. On different feminisms (5:20): MP3
  5. On the Situationists (0:59): MP3
  6. On Pussy, King of the Pirates (2:23): MP3
  7. Reading from "Ostracism's Story," Pussy, King of the Pirates (0:51): MP3
  8. On the Hammer horror influence (1:27): MP3
  9. On trying to access already-there languages (5:48): MP3
  10. Reading from "I Meet Myself," Pussy, King of the Pirates (5:42): MP3
  11. On accessing sexual language (1:20): MP3
  12. On shocking readers and reappropriating language (6:05): MP3
  13. On locating pleasure in writing (6:55): MP3
  14. On Empire of the Senseless (4:00): MP3
  15. On popular culture and appropriation (3:50): MP3
  16. On post-capitalist society (8:01): MP3

Pussy, 1994

O and Ange

  1. First Whore Song (20:26): MP3
  2. Second Whore Song (3:29): MP3
  3. Entrance of the Punk Boys (4:39): MP3
  4. The Story of St Gallbladder (5:40): MP3
  5. The End of the World (8:48): MP3

Pussy, King of the Pirates: Her Story

  1. The Loneliness of Pussy (5:15): MP3
  2. Pussy Language (12:08): MP3

Recorded September 1994 in Brighton, UK. Produced and designed by Simon Strong.

Released 1995 on CodeX Books and Records, Hove, UK.

Sugar, Alcohol, & Meat (LP), Giorno Poetry Systems Institute GPS-018-019, 1980

Talk at SUNY-Buffalo, December 12 and 13, 1979

Acker discusses and reads from Pierre Guyotat's Eden, Eden, Eden, with Colette Peignot, a.k.a. Laure, and introduction by Robert Creeley.

  1. Introduction (Creeley) (4:25): MP3
  2. Tangier (46:06): MP3
  3. On Erica Jong material (1:15): MP3
  4. On forthcoming work and French novelists (3:02): MP3
  5. Introduction to translations (8:41): MP3
  6. From Eden, Eden, Eden (5:23): MP3
  7. From Laure (10:48): MP3
  8. Lecture on Guyotat and Laure (31:15): MP3
  9. On self-expression (16:37): MP3
  10. On self-reflection (4:18): MP3
  11. On subjectivity and perception (12:37): MP3
  12. On the writer's perspective (5:04): MP3
  13. On the divided self (8:14): MP3

Complete recording (2:39:25): MP3

Segue Series Reading with Lorenzo Thomas at the Ear Inn, November 13, 1978

  1. "'Stop It, Ted,' I Screamed When He Finally Released Me . . ." (16:16): MP3
  2. "The Diseased" (4:16): MP3
  3. "The Slave Trader" (0:46): MP3
  4. Translation of Janey's Persian Poems (from Blood and Guts in High School) (6:34): MP3
  5. "Ghouls" (cuts off at end) (8:58): MP3

Complete discussion (1:10:13): MP3

Also of Interest:

David Antin's talk on Kathy Acker, NYU, New York, November 8, 2002

Video by George Quasha.

Watch on Media.sas

Complete recording (28:53) MP3

Kathy Acker on PennSound Daily


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