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PoemTalk Podcast #51, Discussing Linh Dinh's "Eating Fried Chicken"

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PoemTalk Podcast #38, Discussing Norman Fischer's "I'd Like to See It"

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PoemTalk Podcast #29, Discussing Kit Robinson's "Return on Word"

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PoemTalk Podcast #17, Discussing Toscano's "Poetics"

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PoemTalk Podcast #5, Discussing Berrigan's "3 Pages"

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PoemTalk Podcast #3, Discussing Oppen's "Ballad"

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PoemTalk Podcast #2, Discussing Rich's poem "Wait"

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PoemTalk Podcast #1, Discussing Williams' poem "Between Walls"

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"State of the Union," a photography gallery opening with talk, Kelly Writers House, January 18, 2011

  • Complete reading (1:07:27): MP3

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Reading at the Chapterhouse Cafe, Philadelphia, April 11, 2009

  1. From Gil Ott's "The City" (1:06): MP3
  2. Jive and Solids (4:17): MP3
  3. What I Usually Tell My Students (1:59): MP3
  4. Today's Poem is Sponsored By (0:52): MP3
  5. Amputated Fox (2:50): MP3
  6. Reading is Linear (1:32): MP3
  7. Borderless Valley (2:56): MP3
  8. The Difficulties of Poetry (1:29): MP3
  9. Thirteen (6:32): MP3
  10. Metropolis (2:17): MP3
  11. 2084 (1:12): MP3
Complete reading (27:32): MP3

Reading at Myopic Bookstore, Chicago, Octover 24 2009

Complete reading (45:30): MP3

Recording presented courtesy of Daniel Godston and Larry Sawyer.

From textsound Issue #3, Spring, 2009

  • Cleverly Framed, Anyone (1:22): MP3

Benefit for Chax Press and Voices Inc. at the Rogue Theater, October 30, 2009, on POG Sound

Complete Reading (18:57): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #167, "Alert," with host Leonard Schwartz, 2008

Complete recording (29:00): MP3

From Wave Books' PoetryPolitic Blog, 2008

  • Eating Fried Chicken (1:08): MP3 [text]

From textsound Issue #1, Winter 2008

  • Poems from Borderless Bodies (6:42): MP3

MLA Offsite Series Reading in Philadelphia, December 26, 2006

Rueful Outlay For Conscript (2:11): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #51, "With Vietnam," with host Leonard Schwartz, Fall 2004

  1. Introduction (0:43): MP3
  2. On nature of language; comments on “Prisoner with a Dictionary,” from Blood and Soap (1:40): MP3
  3. “Prisoner with a Dictionary” (7:39): MP3
  4. Associations with the word “dictionary” and learning English (4:02): MP3
  5. “Key Words” from Blood and Soap (2:23): MP3
  6. On culture of ‘vigilant neighbors’ (1:05): MP3
  7. Discussing Three Vietnamese Poets (2:02): MP3
  8. “Seven Untitled Poems,” and context (4:04): MP3
  9. Discussing second poet from Three Vietnamese Poets (0:58): MP3
  10. “Night’s Dawn” (1:27): MP3
  11. Discussing third poet (1:49): MP3
  12. “The Rivers Have Not Only Me” (1:00): MP3
  13. Translation of poetry in America (1:39): MP3
  14. “Letter to my Dad,” from All Around What Empties Out (1:11): MP3
  15. Juxtaposition of masochistic humor and tragic sensibility (2:54): MP3
  16. “Traditional Vietnamese Architecture” (1:54): MP3
  17. "Old Hanoi” (0:58): MP3
  18. Political atmosphere in Saigon (2:50): MP3
  19. “Stewart Crenshaw” (13:46): MP3
  20. Conclusion (1:21): MP3

Complete recording (56:42): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House from Live at the Writers House Episode 1, University of Pennsylvania, February 15, 1997


Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, December 12, 1998

  1. "A Noise Came to the Door" (0:55)
  2. "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" (1:20)
  3. "The Sea" (2:15)

    Poems from Drunkard Boxing (Singing Horse Press, 1998):

  4. "Acoustics" (0:57)
    [cf: Steve Evans' notes on thirdfactory.net]
  5. "All Around What Empties Out" (1:11)
  6. "My Rising Prospects" (1:09)
  7. "What's My Name" (1:34)
  8. "A Chatter of Honor" (2:56)
  9. "A Childhood in Vermont" (1:09)
  10. "The Fox Hole" (1:15)
  11. "The Most Beautiful Word" (1:36)
  12. "Guide to Odors" (1:45)

Book release party for Jam Alerts, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, April 24, 2007

  1. Introduction by Adrian Khactu (3:05)
  2. "Speechless" (6:51)
  3. "Getting Up: Conditional" (1:28)
  4. "The Persistence of Animism" (0:29)
  5. "Nature Freaks" (1:21)
  6. "Afflictions" (0:47)
  7. "Deadly Bravado" (1:09)
  8. "Spiralling Jetty" (1:45)
  9. "Fortunes" (11:57)
  10. "Book Review" (11:37)
  11. "My Local Burning" (1:09)
  12. "An Awful Joke" (0:16)
  13. "2084" (0:48)
  14. "Recent Archeo News" (2:28)
  15. "Beloved Alone" (0:39)

Complete recording (1:05:30): MP3

Studio 111 Session, December 12, 2007

From Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press, 2004)

  1. Introduction to "13" (1:57): MP3
  2. "13" (4:48): MP3
  3. Introduction to "Key Words" (1:44): MP3
  4. "Key Words" (1:23): MP3
  5. "A Moral Decision" (0:52): MP3
  6. "Losers" (3:49): MP3

Recent unpublished poems from Detainees, Dinh's blog

  1. "XVIII in Adjectives" (1:49): MP3
  2. "Add-Ons" (1:10): MP3
  3. "Not Quite Symmetry" (1:49): MP3
  4. "Let's Talk" (0:36): MP3
  5. "I Owe You These Lines" (2:43): MP3

From American Tatts (Chax Press, 2005)

  1. Introduction to "Bearings" (1:51): MP3
  2. "Bearings" (2:10): MP3
  3. "Eating Fried Chicken" (1:09): MP3 [text]
  4. "Exits" (1:14): MP3
  5. "A Car in Every Line" (from Detainees) (2:20): MP3
  6. "Baseball Epiphanies" (1:45): MP3
  7. "Sudden Death Overtime" (0:38): MP3
  8. "Vocab Lab" (3:32): MP3

From Detainees

  1. Introduction to "Double Double Portraits..." (3:43): MP3
  2. "Double Double Portraits (long version, well strung, as in horses, as in thief)" (3:08): MP3
  3. "Vietnamese for Uptight?" (3"18): MP3
  4. "Body Eats" (6:02): MP3

From Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006)

  1. Introduction to the bilingual poems (2:06): MP3
  2. "Obsolete Maps" in Vietnamese (0:18): MP3
  3. "Obsolete Maps" in English (0:18): MP3
  4. "Borders" in Vietnamese (0:12): MP3
  5. "Borders" in English (0:16): MP3
  6. "Processed Food" in Vietnamese (0:16): MP3
  7. "Processed Food" in English (0:18): MP3
  8. "Trinity" in Vietnamese (0:26): MP3
  9. "Trinity" in English (0:34): MP3
  10. "Eating and Feeding" in Vietnamese (0:45): MP3
  11. "Eating and Feeding" in English (0:47): MP3
  12. "Liquid" in Vietnamese (0:19): MP3
  13. "Liquid" in English (0:19): MP3
  14. "Gaseous" in Vietnamese (0:15): MP3
  15. "Gaseous" in English (0:19): MP3
  16. "Wiping" in Vietnamese (0:18): MP3
  17. "Wiping" in English (0:17): MP3
  18. "A Fairy Tale" in Vietnamese (0:17): MP3
  19. "A Fairy Tale" in English (0:17): MP3
  20. "Ductless Gland" in Vietnamese (0:16): MP3
  21. "Ductless Gland" in English (0:18): MP3
  22. "Bardic" in Vietnamese (0:15): MP3
  23. "Bardic" in English (0:33): MP3
  24. "Curriculum Vitae" in Vietnamese (0:15): MP3
  25. "Curriculum Vitae" in English (0:59): MP3
  26. "Menu" (2:27): MP3
  27. "Biblical Haiku" (2:27): MP3
  28. "Borderless Body" (1:48): MP3

to read more of Linh Dinh's poems in Vietnamese, please visit: TienVe

Studio 111 Session produced by Michael S. Hennessey

Reading on miPOradio

  1. The Most Beautiful Word (1:36)
  2. A Smooth Life (7:13)
  3. A Childhood in Vermont (1:09)
  4. Vocab Lab (1:42)
  5. Which Not (0:56)
  6. My Buttocks (translation) (1:55)
  7. Why Pay Taxes and Demarcations (2:36)

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Linh Dinh comments on the poetry scene (01-18-2011 at the Kelly Writers House) (1:44): MP3

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