Poetics and the End of the Classroom as We Know It", a talk given at the 2005
International Association of Word and Image Conference, September 27, 2005.
brief excerpt from
"Wallace Stevens of the New York School" presented at a conference titled
"Wallace Stevens, New York & Modernism," March 4-6, 2011, NYU. [link]
on the uses of recorded poetry:
teaching poetry online (December 31, 2001; The Best of Our Knowledge radio program, WAMC, Albany NY)
with Steve Evans (April 23, 2007)
Beinecke Library panel on sound archives, with
Steve Evans and Jason Camlot (April 26, 2013)
with Richard Sieburth on the Pound recordings (May 22, 2007)
with Curtis Fox on "Dial-a-Poem" ("Telephony Is So Retro It's Cool," April 2009,
for "Poetry off the Shelf" podcast)
PennSound's pedagogy (August 18, 2007)
introducing the PennSound collection at the High Performance
Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) in Austin (May 29, 2013)
introductions to and readings from 2008 book, Counter-Revolution of the
excerpts from the Fifties Thirties from LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 43 (October 20, 2003)
from the book
Lowenthal & Jamie-Lee Josselyn introductions
with Joan Retallack
(as part of the Close Listening series -- February 26, 2011)
with Ed Barrett
(March 30, 2006)
with Laurie Anderson
(March 25, 2003)
with John Ashbery
(March 26, 2002)
Charles Bernstein (as a part of the Close Listening series -- March 4, 2008)
with Cid Corman (co-moderated
by Tom Devaney and Frank Sherlock)
(November 19, 2001)
with Robert Creeley
(April 2000) (20-minute
excerpt in PennSound podcast)
Hall (April 17, 2007)
with June Jordan
(June 23, 2001)
with Carl Rakosi (co-moderated by Tom Devaney)
(October 30, 2002)
with Adrienne Rich (April 19, 2005)
Rothenberg (April 28-29, 2008)
with Lyn Hejinian
(February 22, 2005)
with Robert Grenier
(October 27, 2009)
with Robert Grenier (Part II)
(March 19, 2010)
with Susan Howe
(March 23, 2010)
Ed Barrett (March 30, 2006)
Bob Perelman (October 14, 2000)
in 1960 - A Symposium (December 6, 2010) [YouTube excerpt]
Kimmelman (October 26, 2010)
Robert Coover (February 23, 2009)
Drucker (February 14, 2008) [LINK]
to Greg Djanikian (February 20, 2007)
Shapiro and Norman Finkelstein (September 29, 2005)
to Harvey Shapiro & Norman
(September 29, 2005)
to "Poetry & Empire" reading
(October 18, 2003)
to Joan Retallack (February 28, 2001)
Armantrout (October 14, 2000)
Lyn Hejinian (October 14, 2000)
Poets Read Themselves through Modernism"
to Marjorie Perloff
(October 20, 1999)
to Pierre Joris and Jerome Rothenberg
(September 28, 1998)
discussion with Rae Armantrout (April 29, 2014)
discussion with Robert Coover
(February 24, 2009)
discussion with Kenneth Goldsmith and Jena Osman
(December 9, 2004)
by Edwin Torres (December 11, 1999)
discussion on Gertrude Stein with Marjorie
Perloff and Bob Perelman (October 20, 1999)
discussion on William Carlos Williams' "To Elsie" - discussion
(July 8, 1999)
discussion with Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman Jena Osman and Brian Kim Stefans at the Contemporary Avant-Garde Poetry Symposium at the Kelly Writers House
December 7, 1999 (1:51:06): .rm, MP3
of the work of Kenneth Goldsmith (February 9, 2006; with Barbara Cole, Joshua
Schuster and Kenneth Goldsmith)
Kelly Writers House podcasts
on poems & poets:
John Ashbery's "Just Walking Around" (Distinguished Humanities Lecture, 2013)
Ronald Lane Latimer (The Poetry Foundation, 2013)
on Wallace Stevens's "The Snow Man" [video] (January 2013)
discussion of William Carlos Williams' "Young Woman at a Window"
on Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" (with Bob Perelman, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Taije Silverman and John Timpane, October 11, 2012)
1. program introduction (3:07): MP3
2. the importance of Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" in the discussion of modernist U.S. poetry (5:17): MP3
3. Robert Frost reading "Mending Wall" (3:57): MP3
4. iambic pentameter and everyday speech in lines 12-15 ("I let my neighbor know beyond the hill; / And on a day we meet to walk the line / And set the wall between us once again. / We keep the wall between us as we go.") (8:13): MP3
5. the self-conscious use of language and sound, and paternal voice echoing tradition (7:20): MP3
6. the prosody of the first four lines of the poem, the "work of hunters," and challenging of the concrete (9:00): MP3
7. following the pronouns throughout the poem and the question of "it" (5:50): MP3
8. cultural conservatism and the segregation of the subject/object (3:42): MP3
9. smugness in the second half of the poem (3:52): MP3
10. tradition v. innovation in relation to the poem (1:50): MP3
11. separating Frost from the smug speaker (0:40): MP3
12. the power imbalance between the two neighbors and anarchistic play as consolidated back into the speaker and Frost (3:19): MP3
13. the double place of the I (5:50): MP3
14. final words (5:47): MP3
reading and commenting on John Yau's "830 Fireplace Road"
Jerome Rothenberg 80th Birthday Tribute (December 9, 2011)
Emily Dickinson and solitude [Jacket2 commentary] (7-Up on Isolation, KWH, February 23, 2012)
William Carlos Williams's Paterson
Stevens's "Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself"
Gertrude Stein's "Readings" (with Shawn Walker, 1999)
Kathleen Fraser's "The Cars"
Mac Low's "A Vocabulary for Peter Innisfree Moore" (1 hr., 20 mins.; audio) - a class session
of English 88, December 2, 2008
John Ashbery (1 hr., 20 mins.; video) - a class session of English 88, November
on Ezra Pound's
"Cantico del Sole" (with Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky, Joshua Schuster)
on two poems by Emily Dickinson
(November 10, 2008, with Jessica Lowenthal) (video)
on Marianne Moore
after 9/11 ("Mending the Break in Time") (November 7, 2001) [This piece is
also featured in a podcast.]
George Oppen's "Ballad" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh, and
Rachel Blau DuPlessi, PoemTalk #3)
Antifascism: "Guilt in 'Myth of the Blaze'" (April 7, 2008)
Adrienne Rich's "Wait" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh and
Randall Couch, PoemTalk #2)
on Williams' "Between Walls" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh,
and Randall Couch, PoemTalk
William Carlos Williams' "Flowers by the Sea" (with Shawn Walker)
(2:52; RealAudio) (teaching video for
Wallace Stevens' "The Snow Man" [mp3] (January 2005)
Stevens' "The Snow Man" [video] (January 2009)
Williams' "Lines" (with Shawn Walker) [mp3] (1999)
Williams' "Red Wheelbarrow," a mini-lecture with slides for introductory
modern poetics course (1999)
Williams' "Portrait of a Lady," with Shawn Walker
(5:05; RealVideo); mp3
(teaching material for
on Williams' "Flowers By the Sea" and "The Red Wheelbarrow"
Dickinson's "I dwell in possibility" (4:19) (teaching video for
Williams' "Danse Russe" (4:24) (teaching video for
English 88) [mp3
class on Dickinson and Whitman, October 3, 1999 (1:51:43; RealVideo)
Vaughn Moody's "Gloucester Moors" (3:01; RealAudio) (teaching audio for
Richard Wilbur's "Cottage Street, 1953," with reference to
the appearance of the "doomed" Sylvia Plath in the poem (7:41: RealAudio)
(teaching audio for
William Carlos Williams' Paterson with Jessica Lowenthal and
Randall Couch, interviewed by Joe Milutis
on Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo"
on Ginsberg singing Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
on Ted Berrigan's "3 Pages"
on Jaap Blonk's performance of What the president will say and do
on Jerome Rothenberg's A Paradise of Poets
on Rae Armantrout's "The Way"
on John Ashbery's "Crossroads in the Past"
on Gertrude Stein's "Christian Bérard"
on Erica Hunt's "the voice of no"
on Ezra Pond's "Cantico del Sole"
on Kathleen Fraser's "The Cars"
on Wallace Steven's "Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself"
on a Lyn Hejinian poem known as "constant change figures"
on Robert Creeley's "I Know a Man"
on Rodrigo Toscano's book, Platform
on Lydia Davis' "A Position at the University"
on Bob Perelman's "The Unruly Child"
on Amiri Baraka's "Kenyatta Listening to Mozart"
on Charles Bernstein's "In a Restless World Like This"
on Zukofsky's Anew poems
on Cid Corman's "Enuresis"
on Barbara Guest's "Roses"
on Alice Notley's "I the People"
on Robert Grenier's "Sentences"
on Kit Robinson's "Return on Word"
on Jack Spicer's "Psychoanalysis: An Elegy"
on Robert Duncan's "Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow"
on Vichel Lindsay's "The Congo"
discussion of several poems by WCW and a mini-lecture intended as an introduction to the writing of Stein by way of H.D.'s "Sea Rose," Williams's "The rose is obsolete,"
Williams's "Portrait of a Lady" and Stein's cubist portrait-in-language of Picasso (1:48:23)
the decline of late Victorian poetry, with a note on the emergence of imagism
the transition from the poetry & poetics of the 1920s to that of the 1930s with examples from
Isidor Schneider, Edna St. Vincent Millay and William Carlos Williams (14:10; RealAudio)
categories of "New York Poets" verse: anti-narrative, non-narrative, pastiche
(3:06: RealAudio) (teaching audio for
to the art book and a visual poetics, with reference to Tom Phillips'
A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (16:07; RealVideo [low quality])
(teaching audio for
by Adrienne Rich
by Tony Kushner
Stephen Metcalf on Janet Malcolm's visit to the KWH (September 2013)
Interview by Dikran Kassabian about ModPo (March 2013)
A discussion of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (October 31, 2012)
American Philosophical Society Celebration of Marjorie Perloff (November 10, 2012)
Coursera feature on NPR: "Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free" (All Things Considered, WBUR) (September 30, 2012)
Sen. Dick Durbin on Coursera ModPo (Chicago Tonight, WTTV) (September 26, 2012)
NPR interview about teaching a free Modern & Contemporary Poetry online through Coursera (April 18, 2012)
on Cubist language
Introduction to Imagism
"Ideological readings of the founding of the Writers House"(October 30, 2010)
Robert Lucid (at the Lucid memorial, October
with Bob Perelman and Ron Silliman after the Bob Cobbing celebration at the
Kelly Writers House, October 11, 2007 (5:31)
Matthew Abess as curator of the Bob Cobbing exhibit (October 10, 2007)
speaking at the 2005 International Association of Word and Image Conference at the Kelly Writers House (September 27, 2005)
introducing and reading
with Amos Oz (October 17, 2004)
Primo Levi's The Periodic Table [ YouTube] (Jewish Writers You Wish You Knew About, KWH, February 9, 2012)
on "Gold" in Primo Levi's The
Periodic Table (September 29, 2004)
radio interview on
teaching poetry online (April 2001)
TV news story on online advising for pre-matriculants (WPVI Philadelphia; Fall
on the end
of the lecture (June 9, 1999)
response to Jackson Mac Low and Andrew Levy (November 5, 1997)
Al Filreis on PennSound Daily
Discussing Critical Thinking and MOOCs, Coursera Partners' Conference, University of Pennsylvania, April 6, 2013
complete recording (10:35): MP3
Discussing Bruce Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams," KWH, November 15, 2012
Engaging Students with Technology Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania, October 2012
complete recording (10:28): MP3
Filreis gives the introduction to a
- complete recording (1:35:08): MP3
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