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Rob Fitterman

Reading for the Readings in Contemporary Poetry series at Dia Art Foundation, New York:Chelsea, March 4, 2013

with Ron Silliman

  1. Stoked: Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (7:50): MP3
  2. from No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. (16:44): MP3
  • complete reading (24:40): MP3

Koch-Dupee Poetry Series at Columbia University, October 25, 2012

  1. introduced by Paul Stephens (4:06): MP3
  2. from Rob's Workshop (26:02): MP3

Complete Reading (30:22): MP3

Reading for The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, East Village, May 26, 2010

  1. introduction (2:09): MP3
  2. Dear Editors (1:01): MP3
  3. Fez (3:18): MP3
  4. The American Poetry Review (0:20): MP3
  5. Beloit Poetry Review (0:15): MP3
  6. The Yale Review (0:14): MP3
  7. Poetry (0:14): MP3
  8. from Pill Box (1:32): MP3
  9. from Sprawl (0:51): MP3
  10. from Now We Are Friends (1:23): MP3
  11. from Pill Box (0:25): MP3
  12. from Sprawl (0:45): MP3
  13. from Now We Are Friends (1:55): MP3
  14. from Pill Box (0:26): MP3
  15. from The Nature Poetry of Matvei Yankelevich (0:22): MP3
  16. from Now We Are Friends (1:34): MP3
  17. from Sprawl (0:39): MP3
  18. from Pill Box (0:16): MP3
  19. from Now We Are Friends (0:22): MP3
  20. Bacon and Egg on a Roll on Bleecker Street (2:38): MP3
  21. from Sprawl (0:33): MP3
  22. from Now We Are Friends (0:21): MP3
  23. from Sprawl (0:23): MP3
  24. from Pill Box (0:24): MP3
  25. from Now We Are Friends (0:58): MP3
  26. from Pill Box (0:19): MP3
  27. from The Nature Poetry of Matvei Yankelevich (0:20): MP3
  28. Failure: A Post-Conceptual Poem (8:03): MP3

complete reading (33:31): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, April 24, 2010

  1. introduction (5:28): MP3
  2. from Holocaust Museum (22:00): MP3
  • complete reading (27:28): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #153, "Three from NY," with host Leonard Schwartz, November 18, 2007

  1. introduction (0:37): MP3
  2. on Sprawl (1:53): MP3
  3. reading from Sprawl (13:49): MP3
    • J.Crew (p. 30)
    • Banana Republic (p. 67)
    • Arby's (p. 67*)
    • H&M (p. 31)
    • Sbarro (p. 65*)
    • Bath & Body Works (p. 33)
    • JC Penny (p. 45*)
    • Kate Spade (p. 31*)
    • LensCrafters (p. 43*)
    • China Buffet (p. 65*)
    • Sharper Image (p. 44*)
    • Kay Jewelers (p. 40*)
    • Panda Express (p. 64*)
    • American Eagle (p. 40)
    • Taco Bell (p. 67*)
    • Cinnabon (p. 60*)
    • Eddie Bauer (p. 35*)
    • Zen 5 (p. 64*)
    • Sears (p. ?)

      Page citations: Sprawl: Metropolis 30A (Los Angeles, Make Now Press, 2010). Asterisks indicate that the audio recording and text as published in Sprawl mostly or entirely align.


  4. on working with appropriated language (1:28): MP3
  5. the responsibility and seduction of using the technology at hand (2:33): MP3
  6. found language in relation to the reality of overproduction (2:49): MP3
  7. the place of Sprawl in the larger structure of Metropolis (2:13): MP3
  8. upcoming projects and closing comments (1:46): MP3

complete recording (27:41): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, October 27, 2007

  1. introduction (2:45): MP3
  2. from Sprawl (23:38): MP3

complete recording (26:23): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, April 8, 2006

  1. Monica de la Torre's Introduction (1:22): MP3
  2. Fitterman's Opening: On Sprawl and Metropolis (2:07): MP3
  3. Father to Daughter (1:16): MP3
  4. The Left Wing (1:10): MP3
  5. Zoomburg (1:11): MP3
  6. Father to Son (1:10): MP3
  7. Privatopia (1:10): MP3
  8. The Right Wing (0:26): MP3
  9. Lacoste (0:26): MP3
  10. Oakley (0:34): MP3
  11. Mother to Daughter (0:55): MP3
  12. Mother to Father (1:18): MP3

complete recording (13:05): MP3

Reading as part of the Line Reading Series, May 14, 2002

  1. Lytle Shaw's Introduction (1:11): MP3
  2. Cedar's Estate (0:38): MP3
  3. from Metropolis 30, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  4. 17 Rubber Ducks for Sale (4:15): MP3
  5. 1 Guide 8Z (1:10): MP3
  6. 7 Conventions Center Expo Guide Booths 1-10 (0:43): MP3
  7. 26 Airbrush (0:56): MP3
  8. 11 Welcome to My Guest Book (1:23): MP3
  9. 7 Mini Golf, the Front Nine (0:56): MP3
  10. 10 B9D (2:00): MP3
  11. Booths 42 - 32 (0:38): MP3
  12. 12 Bubble Wrap (1:11): MP3
  13. 20 Welcome to My Guest Book, A Detail (1:37): MP3
  14. 5 Airbrush (2:03): MP3
  15. Booths 99 - 107 (0:38): MP3
  16. 21 B9 D (1:11): MP3
  17. 25 Mini Golf, 1 Promised Land (1:20): MP3
  18. 19 Bubble Wrap, What We Do (0:39): MP3
  19. Booths 411 - 420 (0:37): MP3
  20. 30 Guide 1 - 99 (1:25): MP3

complete recording (29:40): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, October 7, 2000

complete reading (32:32): MP3

Segue Series reading at The Ear Inn, New York, October 7, 1995

  • complete recording (23:27): MP3

Reading and Interview on Ceptuetics Radio, October 30, 2007

Hosted by Kareem Estefan. Fitterman reads from two new projects: Sprawl: Metropolis 30A (forthcoming, Make Now Press) and rob the plagiarist (forthcoming, Roof Books). Also discussed: Fitterman's 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).

complete recording (28:24): MP3.

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