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Peter Cole, 2006. Photo: Lynn Saville.

PoemTalk Podcast #96, discussing Allen Grossman's "My Radiant Eye," January 10, 2016

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


Multilingual Poetics Reading, Kelly Writers House, October 28, 2015

  • Complete Recording (1:01:00): MP3

Reading of select poems from The Invention of Influence, Wexler Studio at the Kelly Writers House, October 28, 2015

  1. On Being Partial (0:46): MP3
  2. Actual Angels (4:12): MP3
  3. More for Santob (2:44): MP3
  4. Song of the Shattering Vessels (1:46): MP3
  5. Quatrains for a Calling (1:41): MP3
  6. Summer Syntax (0:54): MP3
  7. Being Led (0:48): MP3
  8. What Is (2:49): MP3

Full Recording (17:31): MP3

Studio 111 Recording Session, UPenn, January 23, 2012

From Things on Which I've Stumbled (New Directions, 2008)

  1. Improvisation on Lines by Isaac the Blind (1:43): MP3
  2. (Valent)Lines for A (1:19): MP3
  3. from “Things on Which I’ve Stumbled” (9:01): MP3
  4. And So the Skin (0:50): MP3
  5. from “Notes on Bewilderment" (4:43): MP3
  6. Coexistence: A Lost and Almost Found Poem (1:52): MP3
  7. Israel Is (0:17): MP3
  8. Palestine: A Sestina (3:15): MP3
  9. from What Has Been Prepared:
    Sounds of Rain (1:04): MP3
    What Does Always Mean (1:25): MP3
    Always An Eye (1:01): MP3
    What Is It that Gives Rise (2:03): MP3
    Radiant Morning (1:04): MP3
  10. The Ghazal of What Hurt (1:43): MP3
  11. New Poems

  12. More for Santob (3:08): MP3
  13. From Hymns & Qualms (Sheep Meadow Press, 1998 / What Is Doubled: Poems 1981-1998 (Shearsman Books, 2005)

  14. News that Stays (1:57): MP3
  15. Two Poems on Translation (0:45): MP3
  16. Qualms: Some Proverbs (2:42): MP3
  17. From Speech's Hedge:
    Speech's Hedge (1:55): MP3
    School: Scripture (0:37): MP3
    Through the Knees (1:39): MP3
    Heirloom (Spines) (0:42): MP3
    Blessings Echoes Will Traumatize (1:24): MP3
    I Sing a Doubled Song (4:23): MP3
  18. On the Perfection of Style (0:15): MP3
  19. Two by Fours (for Also Rans) (0:38): MP3
  20. Suite for Santob (3:05): MP3
  21. (Tuning)Hooks (0:41): MP3
  22. From Rift (Station Hill, 1989 / What Is Doubled, Shearsman, 2005)

  23. Alphabet (0:43): MP3
  24. from "Rift" (4:14): MP3
  25. Torches (0:52): MP3
  26. from "Leviticus" (2:59): MP3
  27. from "Ambit" (4:10): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #56, discussing Charles Reznikoff's "Salmon and red wine" and "During the Second World War, I was going home one night," July 26, 2012

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

Reading from The Dream of the Poem at the KWH, October 8, 2007

  1. introduction (5:13): MP3
  2. on writing, revolution, and Judaism (3:49): MP3
  3. epigraph from The Dream of the Poem (2:33): MP3
  4. Dunash and the hybridization of Arabic and Hebrew (7:29): MP3
  5. "Will Her Love Remember?" by the wife of Dunash (2:55): MP3
  6. "A Curse" by Yosef Ibn Avitor (3:08): MP3
  7. "A Plea" by Yosef Ibn Avitor (1:18): MP3
  8. "The Gazelle" by Shmu'el Hanagid (2:01): MP3
  9. "The Multiple Troubles of Man" by Shmu'el Hanagid (1:58): MP3
  10. "The Market" by Shmu'el Hanagid (1:36): MP3
  11. "The Altar of Song" by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol (3:13): MP3
  12. "Before My Being" by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol (4:54): MP3
  13. "A Wedding Night's Consolation" by Yosef Ibn Tzaddiq (4:59): MP3
  14. "The Wedding Night, Continued" by Avraham Ibn Ezra (2:36): MP3
  15. "Curses' Composition" by Yehuda Alharizi (2:23): MP3
  16. "Palindrome for a Patron" by Yehuda Alharizi (1:08): MP3
  17. from The Battles of the Pen and the Scissors by Shem Tov Ardutiel (Santob de Carrion) (6:12): MP3
  18. "Beyond Words" by Vidal Benveniste (1:32): MP3
  19. "She Trapped Me" by Sa'adia Ibn Danaan (3:04): MP3
  20. "Chiasmus for a Doe" by Sa'adia Ibn Danaan (0:34): MP3
  21. Q&A Discussion (21:25): MP3
complete reading (1:24:38): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics #11, Refusing The Wall, January 7, 2004

  1. introduction (0:43): MP3
  2. on moving to Jerusalem and starting Ibis Editions (3:44): MP3
  3. bringing together distant and different literary works (4:09): MP3
  4. translating into English and the tradition of translation (6:53): MP3
  5. Peter Cole on his book Hymns & Qualms, linkage, and nourishment (2:41): MP3
  6. discussing the section "I Sing A Doubled Song," from Hymns & Qualms (4:38): MP3
  7. reading "I Sing A Doubled Song" (3:33): MP3
  8. on "Speech's Hedge" and using the whole range of speech's possibility (1:08): MP3

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