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Wednesdays @ 4 Plus — SUNY-Buffalo

Readings sponsored by UB Buffalo Poetics Program

See a Calendar of Events (1994-2005) at the Electronic Poetry Center

See a pdf of posters (1990-2003)

October 3, 1966

Robert Creeley (53:10): MP3

February 17, 1967

George Oppen (31:25): MP3

  1. Of Being Numerous (19:47): MP3
  2. A Preface (0:31): MP3
  3. Historic Pun (1:06): MP3
  4. Epigram (0:39): MP3
  5. Ballad (1:12): MP3
  6. Power, The Enchanted World (1:47): MP3
  7. Route (6:15): MP3

April 19-20, 1974

Ed Dorn

April 19

  1. Introduction (0:41): MP3
  2. The Poet Lets His Tongue Hang Down (from Gunslinger, book IV) (4:11): MP3
  3. Dorn discusses Recollections of Gran Apacheria (1:51): MP3
  4. First Lines (3:05): MP3
  5. Victorio (0:58): MP3
  6. Nana and Victorio (0:56): MP3
  7. Dress for War (0:45): MP3
  8. Bounty Time (0:43): MP3
  9. The Provoking Figure of the Horse Woman (1:00): MP3
  10. Geronimo (0:33): MP3
  11. Juh and Geronimo (0:40): MP3
  12. General Miles Imagined (0:11): MP3
  13. Nanay (0:53): MP3
  14. (When Geronimo Was in Washington for the Inauguration) (1:12): MP3
  15. Fifteen-Hundred Tons of Hay at 1 ¢ per Pound (0:22): MP3
  16. The Moving, Invisible Spectre of the Phraytry on the Traitor Peaches (1:20): MP3
  17. (And When, Above Janos) (0:39): MP3
  18. A Period Portrait of Sympathy (0:39): MP3
  19. (When the Boundary Commission) (0:34): MP3
  20. Assorted Compliments (0:50): MP3
  21. Reservations (3:31): MP3
  22. Creation (2:40): MP3
  23. The Whole European Distinction (0:52): MP3
  24. Personum (0:50): MP3
  25. (The Original Monuments of Perception) (0:11): MP3
  26. (Out of the Sunset Movement) (0:08): MP3
  27. (So the Infant is Bound) (1:16): MP3
  28. The Slipping of the Wheel (0:25): MP3
  29. Immured in Florida (0:16): MP3
  30. La Maquina a Houston (3:59): MP3

Complete reading (38:43): MP3

April 20

  1. Introduction (1:11): MP3
  2. on Gunslinger (3:54): MP3
  3. from Gunslinger (23:31): MP3
  4. on Recollections of Gran Apacheria (2:59): MP3
  5. First Lines (3:39): MP3
  6. Victorio (1:00): MP3
  7. Nana & Victorio (0:47): MP3
  8. Dress for War (0:42): MP3
  9. Bounty Time (0:47): MP3
  10. The Provoking Figure of the Horsewoman (0:58): MP3
  11. General Miles Imagined (0:11): MP3
  12. Geronimo (0:28): MP3
  13. Juh & Geronimo (0:40): MP3
  14. Nanay (0:46): MP3
  15. (When Geronimo was in Washington for the Inauguration) (0:34): MP3
  16. Fifteen Hundred Pounds of Hay @ 1 ¢ per Pound (0:21): MP3
  17. The Moving, Invisible Spectre of the Phratry on the Traitor Peaches (1:00): MP3
  18. (And when, above Janos) (0:36): MP3
  19. A Period Portrait of Sympathy (0:35): MP3
  20. (When the Boundary Commission) (0:36): MP3
  21. Assorted Compliments (0:52): MP3
  22. Reservations (3:12): MP3
  23. Creation (2:03): MP3
  24. The Whole European Distinction (0:48): MP3
  25. Personum (0:43): MP3
  26. (The original monuments of perception) (0:08): MP3
  27. (Out of the sunset movement) (0:13): MP3
  28. (So, the infant is bound) (2:11): MP3
  29. The Slipping of the Wheel (0:27): MP3
  30. Immured in Florida (0:12): MP3
  31. La Maquina a Houston (2:22): MP3

Complete reading (59:47): MP3

1974

Charles Reznikoff (click here for segmented recording) - interviews with Reinhold Schiffer

November 30, 1978

Stan Brakhage on a Walking the Dog seminar (precursor to Wednesdays @ 4 Plus) (1:38:07): MP3

1987

Robin Blaser

  1. Introduction (0:40): MP3
  2. "When they sit in consilium..." (2:11): MP3
  3. "For me, every author is absolutely other..." (0:39): MP3
  4. Further (2:19): MP3
  5. The Pause (2:40): MP3
  6. A conversation poem (1:08): MP3
  7. Romance (1:08): MP3
  8. Apologies for Repetitions (5:29): MP3
  9. Gathering (0:56): MP3
  10. Image-Nation (half and half) (4:18): MP3
  11. Robert Graves: In Memoriam (19:40): MP3
  12. Steps (poem for Allen Ginsberg) (4:32): MP3
  13. "I've always liked the notion of the mind as a frying pan..." (5:22): MP3
  14. To Whom It May Concern (1:49): MP3

Complete Reading (54:05): MP3, RealAudio

1990's

Rosmarie Waldrop (27:14): MP3

September 13, 1990

Robert Creeley

Graduate Seminar, Part 1 (1:23:52): MP3
Graduate Seminar, Part 2 (57:28): MP3

  1. Olson's open field, the act of creation, and the body (4:50): MP3
  2. Olson and Williams' experience of woman (6:12): MP3
  3. the lack of company in Williams (2:57): MP3
  4. beginning with one thing in mind and ending with another (6:06): MP3
  5. Creeley's own interest in poetry and fighting for new ways of reading and writing (4:07): MP3
  6. the Beat Generation (4:25): MP3
  7. Allen Ginsberg and rhythm (8:19): MP3
  8. discussing Larry Eigner's "Country/Harbor/Quiet/Act/Around" (6:13): MP3
  9. the spatial and typographical in Eigner's writing (4:55): MP3
  10. the relation of writing to the body (6:50): MP3
  11. the physicality of articulation (2:08): MP3
  12. turning physical disability into a resource (8:53): MP3
  13. the relation of speech to the conditions of poetry (2:46): MP3
  14. the peripheral and the central (3:00): MP3
  15. writing on paper, the typewriter, and the computer (11:48): MP3
  16. on place (19:34): MP3
  17. discussing the poem "I" (17:58): MP3
  18. reading "Something" (1:24): MP3
  19. connection to the "I" in the poems "I" and "Something" (1:21): MP3
  20. reading "Walking" (0:23): MP3
  21. making use of emotion in poetry (4:58): MP3
  22. thinking and impedance (6:58): MP3
  23. portraiture and sincerity (4:42): MP3

September 17, 1990

Robert Creeley

October 11, 1990

Jackson Mac Low (1:02:50): MP3

  1. Reading a selection from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and his L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E #6 essay on the book (7:02): MP3
  2. Discussion of opening section of Stein's "Objects" (2:42): MP3
  3. Discussing function of prefaces and introductions to poems (4:25): MP3
  4. Discussing use of notation in creating a poetic collage (3:23): MP3
  5. Discussing close reading of MacLow’s poetry vs. Gertrude Stein’s poetry (6:41): MP3
  6. Role of “chance generation” (1:32): MP3
  7. Influence of John Cage’s chance-composed music and Buddhism (5:50): MP3
  8. Influence of Freud and psychoanalysis (2:11): MP3
  9. Serialism and 12-tone music (6:29): MP3
  10. Discussion of Mac Low’s methodologies (6:07): MP3
  11. Discussion of entropy (1:26): MP3
  12. Meaning in language and sound (3:24): MP3
  13. Cultural construct of language (1:30): MP3
  14. Discussion of voice (3:05): MP3
  15. Segmentation of poetry by sound (6:33): MP3

November 7-8, 1990

Michael Palmer poetry reading (44:58): MP3

October 15, 1990

Robert Creeley

  • Part 1 (51:45): MP3
  • Part 2 (51:40): MP3

December 5-6, 1990

Nick Piombino

December 5 - Complete Reading (45:52): MP3

December 6 - Seminar

  • Part 1 (46:06): MP3
  • Part 2 (46:00): MP3
  • Part 3 (46:05): MP3

January 25-26, 1991

Nicole Brossard

January 25 — complete reading (38:44): MP3

  1. introduction (1:19): MP3
  2. from Mauve Desert (8:26): MP3
  3. with Elizabeth Burns, dialogue from Mauve Desert (6:09): MP3
  4. Close (2:36): MP3
  5. Green Night of Labyrinth Park (14:05): MP3
  6. Matter Harmonious Still Maneuvering (6:00): MP3

January 26 — complete seminar (1:30:26): MP3

February 20-21, 1991

Steve McCaffery

February 20 - complete reading (30:51): MP3

  1. Code of System Four (11:20): MP3
  2. Invariant (4:02): MP3
  3. Little House (3:32): MP3
  4. Foucault Acrostic (2:58): MP3
  5. At corners collating when the dislocation fades (30:51): MP3

February 21 - complete seminar (1:24:01): MP3

  1. The Kommunist Manifesto or Wot We Wukkers Want (6:01): MP3
  2. Appropriation As My Beatrice: Insufficiencies of Theory to Poetical Economies (33:51): MP3
  3. the distinction between theory and poetics (8:28): MP3
  4. the abandonment of primary texts (8:44): MP3
  5. theory in critical vs. creative writing (6:08): MP3
  6. the distinction between primary/secondary texts and high/low art (9:33): MP3
  7. a critique of Bourdieu and contemporary theory (10:50): MP3

Karen Mac Cormack

  • February 20 - complete reading (26:53): MP3

February 28, 1991

Robert Creeley

  • Part One (46:58): MP3
  • Part Two (46:50): MP3
  • Part Three (47:00): MP3
  • Part Four (33:59): MP3

March 6-7, 1991

Leslie Scalapino

March 6 — complete recording (46:58): MP3
  1. introduction (2:02): MP3
  2. from "Waking Life" (27:58): MP3
  3. Ochre (16:51): MP3

March 7 — complete seminar (1:40:45): MP3

March 20, 1991

Robert Creeley (48:03): MP3

April 3, 1991

Jerome McGann (51:34): MP3

April 17, 1991

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (52:04): MP3

  1. from "Acknowledgments" (3:50): MP3
  2. The Pink Guitar (48:12): MP3

April 24-25, 1991

Robin Blaser

  • April 24 - "Check Out Your Lintels: Poetry and Doors" (1:07:04): MP3
  • April 25 - "Homotextualism" (2:13:57): MP3

September 11, 1991

  1. introduction (3:36): MP3
  2. from the preface to Comma in the Ear (3:52): MP3
  3. Outnumbering Any One Way (32:00): MP3
  4. Stray Formulations (12:19): MP3

October 9, 1991

Tom Raworth (27:28): MP3

October 23, 1991

Lyn Hejinian

  • reading (46:25): MP3 (incomplete)
  • excerpt from "The Cell" (10:27): MP3

January 29-30, 1992

David Bromige

  • January 29 - complete reading (39:51): MP3
  • January 30 - complete seminar (2:08:06): MP3

February 19, 1992

James Sherry (37:37): MP3

February 26, 1992

April 1-2, 1992

Barbara Guest

  • Poetry reading (43:50): MP3
  • I. Lecture "How I Got out of Poetry and into Prose" (20:24): MP3
  • II. Seminar discussion (1:37:35): MP3
    [Note: This recording drops out once at 0:26:00 minutes and again and 1:13:00 when cassette was flipped or changed during recording.]

April 15, 1992

Bruce Andrews (58:45): MP3 (slight drop-out at 46:38 when cassette was flipped)

November 11, 1992

Rosmarie Waldrop (click here for segmented recording)

New Coast Festival April 1993

September 15, 1993

Robin Blaser, introduced by Robert Creeley (1:05:46): MP3

September 22, 1993

Joan Retallack (40:20): MP3

September 28, 1993

Jena Osman (33:01): MP3

October 19, 1993

Bob Perelman [beg. cut-off] (49:57): MP3

November 17, 1993

Mark Wallace (33:17): MP3

February 16, 1994

P. Inman, intro Joan Retallack (39:23): MP3

Tina Darragh, intro Retallack (35:18): MP3

March 2, 1994

Erica Hunt, intro Bernstein (53:54): MP3

March 10, 1994

March 16, 1994

David Hureta (24:58): MP3

Jorge S. Perednik (47:50): MP3

March 23, 1994

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (1:03:53): MP3

April 20, 1994

Ann Lauterbach introduced by Jena Osman (50:25): MP3

September 21, 1994

John Taggart introduced by Robert Creeley (52:38): MP3

October 5, 1994

Robert Grenier (slide lecture) (1:19:23): MP3

October 12, 1994

November 2, 1994

Clayton Eshleman, introdcued by Yunte Huang (54:31): MP3

November 6, 1994

November 9, 1994

December 7, 1994

Reading of Atmosphere Magazine (45:28): MP3

January 25, 1995

Jorie Graham introduced by Susan Howe (52:32): MP3

February 8, 1995

February 15, 1995

February 22, 1995

Fanny Howe (20:15): MP3

M. NourbSe Philip (34:12): MP3

March 1, 1995

Charles Alexander (54:17): MP3

March 8, 1995

Ric Caddel (39:59): MP3

Peter Middleton (36:28): MP3

March 22, 1995

March 29, 1995

Christian Prigent (55:16): MP3

March 31, 1995

Robert Creeley

  • Introduction (2:50): MP3
  • Histoire de Florida (18:24): MP3

Susan Howe (21:36): MP3

Charles Bernstein (25:06): MP3

April 12, 1995

Kathy Acker interview (1:10:13): MP3

April 12-13, 1995

Lydia Davis Reading with an Introduction by Charles Bernstein (48:26): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)

Lydia Davis Interview by Charles Bernstein with Susan Howe (48:08): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)

April 19, 1995

Michael Ondaatje (47:57): MP3

April 26, 1995

Paul Auster (1:03:15): MP3

September 13, 1995

Carla Harryman (42.23): MP3

September 20, 1995

Fiona Templeton (41:18): MP3

September 27, 1995

Lucette Finas (1:13:54): MP3

October 11, 1995

Luci Tapahonso (55:08): MP3

October 25, 2011

November 1, 1995

Lance Olson (reading cuts out in the middle) (25:29): MP3

November 15, 1995

Steve McCaffery (47:52): MP3

March 13, 1996

April 3, 1996

Larry McCaffery and Doug Rice: Poetics & Practice of Avant-Pop Literature (lecture) (1:27:34): MP3

September 11, 1996

Deanna Ferguson (50:50): MP3

October 12, 1996

John Ashbery (48:37): MP3
Ashbery reads as part of the Robert Creeley 70th birthday tribute

October 16, 1996

Serge Gavronsky (51:53): MP3

October 23, 1996

Leslie Scalapino (52:11): MP3

November 3, 1996

Susan Schultz (29:08): MP3

Hank Lazer (38:26): MP3

complete reading (1:07:33): MP3

November 6, 1996

November 20, 1996

December 6, 1995

Reading of Atmosphere Magazine (46:34): MP3

October 8, 1997

Jackson Mac Low (56:36): MP3

October 15, 1997>

November 6, 1997

Steve McCaffery (click here for segmented recording)

September 16, 1998