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Gerrit Lansing

Close Listening with Charles Bernstein

Recorded (with video and photo) by Ernesto Livon-Grosman on December 9, 2012. Produced and edited by Charles Bernstein.

Program One:

Gerrit Lansing reads selections from his collected poems, The Heavenly Tree / Northern Earth (North Atlantic, 2009)

complete reading (26:40): MP3

  1. introduction (0:38): MP3
  2. The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward (0:48): MP3
  3. The Castle of Flowering Birds (0:58): MP3
  4. The Milk of the Stars From Her Paps (6:43): MP3
  5. In the American Forest (1:58): MP3
  6. Good Goo in South (1:45): MP3
  7. In Erasmus Darwin's Generous Light (4:06): MP3
  8. Conventicle (0:53): MP3

Program Two:

Gerrit Lansing talks with Charles Bernstein, and guest Susan Howe, at Lansing’s house in Gloucester, Mass. Lansing, a close friend of Charles Olson, discusses the wild of Gloucester, the relation of the magic (and the magical) and the occult to poetic practice, Nerval, queer politics and the poetics identity, New York in the immediate postwar period, parapsychology at Harvard in the late 1940s, Gnosticism versus neo-Platonism, Jewish mysticism, and his connections with Henry Murray, Harry Smith, Alan Watts, Aleister Crowley, Carl Jung, and John Ashbery.

complete recording (55:43): MP3

and after the show. . .


Reading for Poems for the Millenium Vol. III, Harvard University, March 30, 2009

  1. from Gerard de Nerval, Delfica (1:33): MP3
  2. from Gerard de Nerval, Artemis (1:25): MP3
  3. reading "The Welcome" (1:59): MP3
  4. reading from Walt Whitman, This Compost (4:14): MP3
  5. reading "The Compost" (2:34): MP3

complete reading (1:59:24): MP3, MOV

Reading at the Ear Inn, December 12, 1987

complete reading (40:48): MP3

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© 2012 Gerrit Lansing. These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. Used with permission of the author. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. Distributed by PennSound.