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Ceptuetics Radio

Hosted by Kareem Estefan

Episode 1: October 3, 2007 (28:24): MP3

Rob Fitterman reads from two new projects, Sprawl: Metropolis 30A (forthcoming, Make Now Press) and rob the plagiarist (forthcoming, Roof Books). We talk about his use of appropriated language, his development towards the long poem/book format, and his recent collaboration with the visual artist Dirk Rowntree, War: the Musical (Subpress)

Episode 2: October 24, 2007 (29:30): MP3

Lawrence Giffin reads from the manuscript Applied Traumatics, which examines language, child sexuality, and privation through the figures of Christ, Helen Keller, and "Genie," the 'feral' child of Arcadia, California. He also reads short pieces from another manuscript, as well as work by Marie Buck, Brad Flis, and Steven Zultanski featured in Physical Poets Issue One.

Episode 3: November 7, 2007 (30:05): MP3

Steve Zultanski talks about the journal he edits, President's Choice, reads from the chapbook Homo-em and other projects, and discusses sameness and difference.

Episode 4: November 28, 2007 (27:56): MP3

Sara Wintz reads from the manuscript double spacings and talks with me about language and gender, ways of reading and graphing her work, Language poetry and regionalism.

Episode 5: December 12, 2007 (29:49): MP3

Rodrigo Toscano shares technical, social, and theoretical aspects of his Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT), discusses performance in poetry, and airs a radio work, "Eco-Strato-Static."

Episode 6: January 23, 2008 (30:50): MP3

Rachel Levitsky reads from Neighbor, a manuscript forthcoming on Ugly Duckling Presse, and The Story of My Accident is Ours, a novella. We talk about naming, borders and divisions, gender and genre.

Episode 7: February 6, 2008 (27:29): MP3

Marie Buck reads from Whole Foods, Blockbuster and other works. She talks with me about lifting language from large corporations, exposing ideologies in advertisement, and the sincerity of MySpace.

Episode 8: February 13, 2008 (29:32): MP3

Barbara Cole reads from her long poem, situ ation come dies, including its latest installment, "ear say" (Belladonna, 2008). We talk about advertising language, censorship, their constructions of gender and sexuality, and Barbara's makings of Americans.

Episode 9: March 5, 2008 (29:14): MP3

Rod Smith reads from Deed (University of Iowa, 2008), discusses the structure of the book, quotation and détournement, his writing processes and the New American and "outsider" traditions that have influenced him.

Episode 10: March 12, 2008 (30:02): MP3

Bruce Andrews reads from Give 'Em Enough Rope, Lip Service and War and Peace (ed. Judith Goldman and Leslie Scalapino). He describes his modular writing process, his collaborations with musicians, dancers & other poets, and Lip Service's interrogation of gender socialization.

Episode 11: March 19, 2008 (27:56): MP3

Kim Rosenfield reads, sings, and talks about re:evolution (forthcoming on Les Figues) — we talk inherited modes of logic & how to disrupt them with subjectivity in the poetic text, problems that arise in strutting one's stuff, feminism and psychotherapy.

Episode 12: March 26, 2008 (30:49): MP3

Kenneth Goldsmith talks with me about his latest book, Sports, the new installment of his American "on the ones" trilogy (Make Now Press). From there we wander through many topics related to his conceptual poetics: boredom, temporality, information management, peeling language off the page & pouring it into different forms.

Episode 13: April 2, 2008 (29:56): MP3

Anselm Berrigan reads from Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006) and Have A Good One, a 46-page poem composed of 97 short poems sharing that title. We talk about his writing's connection to loss, poetry as political forum, and the structure of his new serial poem.

Episode 14: April 9, 2008 (30:57): MP3

Judith Goldman reads several new pieces, discusses zones and boundaries, filtering the Internet, Spanglish and anti-immigration.

Episode 15: April 16, 2008 (29:29): MP3

Anne Tardos and I collapse two interviews and multiple readings of her work as a radio performance of the noise, multilingualism, and instability of I Am You (Salt, 2008), The Dik-Dik's Solitude (Granary, 2003) and Uxudo (Tuumba/O Books, 1999), excerpts of which can be heard here.

Episode 16: April 23, 2008 (30:56): MP3

Laura Elrick airs five multivocal audio pieces, assembled using language from her Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School, 2005). We discuss constraint, chronologies and positioning the subject in permeable structures.

Episode 17: April 30, 2008 (30:33): MP3

Ara Shirinyan reads from Syria is in the World (Palm Press, 2007) and Your Country Is Great (Afghanistan - Guyana) (Futurepoem, 2008). We talk about the "largest small country," its claims to being "in the world" and the language of tourism, before closing with a discussion on post-conceptual poetics.

Episode 18: May 7, 2008 (30:46): MP3

Chris Funkhouser brings digital poetry to the discussion and reads from a forthcoming work, Technopoetry Rising, with some noise to accompany.

Episode 19: May 14, 2008 (30:16): MP3

Diana Hamilton reads from The Zoo, Soft Snap (+0ther Salutations), and other works. She talks with me about words hanging out together, Wikipedia, anthropomorphism and Dick Cheney.

Episode 20: May 28, 2008 (28:19): MP3

Danny Snelson performs the translation project my Dear coUntess, a video / text cut-up. He also reads from The Book of Ravelling Women, a re-purposed Djuna Barnes chapbook with visual art by Phoebe Springstubb, and talks with me about his source materials, his projects' focus on reading, and re-orienting the "you" of Barnes' work.

Episode 21: June 4, 2008 (30:52): MP3

Caroline Bergvall tells a (new) Chaucer tale and reads excerpts from her book Fig (Salt, 2005). We discuss intertextuality, governmental strictures on speech, and the intersections of 'differential' practice, performance writing, and conceptualism.

Episode 22: June 18, 2008 (28:05): MP3


Brian Kim Stefans reads from Kluge: A Meditation (Roof, 2007) and talks with me about minimal bits of information as events and variation in conceptual literature, ambient poetics, and musical influences like John Cage and Alvin Lucier.

Episode 23: June 25, 2008 (28:10): MP3

Eddie Hopely reads from the chapbooks Plant and Rabbit on their way to the capitol, as well as other poems. We talk about blueprints, image and text, community & collaboration. Diana Hamilton and I read with Eddie and describe his rabbit.

Episode 24: July 23, 2008 (31:46): MP3

Matmos (Drew Daniel + M.C. Schmidt) talk about their conceptual sound pieces, telepathic love, pedagogy, performances, and the sound & visual portraits that comprise The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, an album that pays tribute to Wittgenstein, Burroughs and Solanas, among others.

Episode 25: August 6, 2008 (33:55): MP3

David Buuck explains the projects of BARGE (The Bay Area Research Group of Enviro-aesthetics), which include Buried Treasure Island and SITE/CITE/CITY. He reads text from these collaborative works and discusses engaged psychogeography, the body in space and in print, and the complex temporality of his site-specific writing.

Episode 26: August 27, 2008 (30:30) MP3

Jen Bervin reads from her latest book, The Desert (Granary Books, 2008). She explains her process of sewing-through John Van Dyke's work, locates the air in her book, and traces the new readers & writers of this re-articulated desert.

Episode 27: September 10, 2008 (29:30): MP3

Juliana Spahr reads from a new poem, "The Incinerator." We talk about autobiography/anti-autobiography, representing the local (through her hometown of Chillicothe, OH), and class division in Appalachia.

Episode 28: September 17, 2008 (28:05): MP3

Tracie Morris airs audio pieces - "Get It, Got It," a collaboration with Elliott Sharp, and "Gallery" - and reads from a collaboration with Charles Bernstein, "Truth Be Told." We discuss collaboration, speech act theory, language use in the 2008 U.S. election, and poetry's potential for political intervention.

Episode 29: September 24, 2008 (29:14): MP3

Tan Lin reads with Kareem Estefan from Plagiarism/Outsource, a project that chronicles Heath Ledger's death through SMS messages and RSS feeds. We talk about the technological provisions for ambient writing with multiple subjectivities, Tan's strategy of re-writing news stories by inserting himself into the work, the genres of autobiography and the novel, and Warhol & disco as post-medium moments.

Episode 30: October 1, 2008 (30:54): MP3

Brad Flis reads from his book Peasants, which will soon be released by Patrick Lovelace Editions. He shares a few other poems and talks with me about the union of disparate historical moments in his writing, the pressure to generate ethically "responsible" work, and questions of clarity and censorship in poetry.

Episode 31: October 8, 2008 (29:58): MP3

Shortly after the release of the controversial pdf journal ISSUE ONE, edited by Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Carpenter, Kareem Estefan invited the For Godot team - Gregory Laynor, Stephen McLaughlin, and Vladimir Zykov - to discuss the project and the impassioned responses it elicited from the online poetry community. ISSUE ONE boasts a list of 3,164 contributors, many of whom are dead and/or not poets. Each poem was written by the computer program Erika T. Carter, developed by Jim Carpenter.

Episode 32: October 15, 2008 (32:23): MP3

Craig Dworkin provides insight into the social and technological issues surrounding conceptual poetics and addresses his editorial choices for the UbuWeb Anthology of Conceptual Writing and Against Expression (co-edited with Kenneth Goldsmith, forthcoming). He reads from his most recent book, Parse (Atelos), and discusses the place of subjectivity in this text and other "uncreative" works.

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