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PoemTalk Episode #120, Discussing Ann Lauterbach's "Under the Sign", feat. Kate Colby, Matvei Yankelevich, and Christina Davis

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

Close Listening: reading and conversation at WPS1, December 4, 2006

Program One: Poetry Reading from If In Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (New York: Penguin, 2001):

    Full program (27:45): MP3

  1. Typography (2:47): MP3
  2. Diorama of the Uninhabited Yes (2:23): MP3
  3. On (Thing) (1:02): MP3
  4. Poise on Arrow (2:06): MP3
  5. Eclipse with Object (1:19): MP3
  6. Missing Ages (4:08): MP3
  7. Harm's Way, Arm's Reach (2:55): MP3
  8. The French Girl (2:29): MP3
  9. True and False Green (0:44): MP3
  10. Quotations from Reality (1:02): MP3

from Hum (New York: Penguin, 2005):

  1. Instruction (1:02): MP3
  2. Seen, Overheard (1:27): MP3
  3. Opera (1:03): MP3
  4. Postscript (1:41): MP3

Program Two

Lauterbach in conversation with Charles Bernstein (28:27): MP3

Lauterbach talks about sound, performance, and folk music and goes on to engage the difficult relation of gender and authority.  She also discusses "Missing Ages," a poem she read on program one, and also her essay collection, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (New York: Viking, 2005).

  • Close Listening produced by Charles Bernstein for WPS1
  • WPS1 Studio Engineer: Lucy Sinanjuntak
  • © 2006 Ann Lauterbach and Charles Bernstein

PennSound Podcast #39

Ann Lauterbach (10:16) MP3


Ann Lauterbach Double Change Reading, Translated by Maïtreyi, with Introduction by Olivier Brossard, Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris, France, October 15, 2019

Lecture on John Ashbery's "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror," Double Change, Sorbonne University, Paris, France, October 14, 2019

Ann Lauterbach Double Change Reading, with Introduction and Translation by Alain Merlet, Nantes, France, October 12, 2019

Reading of Flow Chart, John Ashbery 90th Celebration, 2017

Complete Reading (12:00): MP3

Reading at Bard College Studio, July 4, 2017

  1. Catbird (3:18): MP3
  2. Crow (0:48): MP3
  3. Involute (0:54): MP3
  4. Nave (4:41): MP3
  5. Under the Sign (0:41): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Zinc Bar, NYC, March 22, 2014

  1. Glyph (1:21): MP3
  2. Domestic Modernism (0:45): MP3
  3. Without Irony (1:01): MP3
  4. Capture Lucretius (0:39): MP3
  5. Untitled (a Value) (4:28): MP3
  6. Curtain (1:19): MP3
  7. Revolution (1:15): MP3
  8. Humpty Dumpty (4:10): MP3
  9. Poem 26 (Day breaks into pestulance...) (2:14): MP3
  10. Poem 27 (The notion that, among creatures, humans have no natural capacity...) (1:21): MP3
  11. Poem 28 (Irritant of lost time: immaterial repitition...) (2:07): MP3
  12. Letter (in Praise of Promiscuity) (2:07): MP3
  13. Zero & A (4:43): MP3
  14. Some Elements of the Poem (7:23): MP3
  • Complete Reading (47:10): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, November 4, 2013


  1. Introduction by Charles Bernstein (6:40): MP3
  2. Introduction by Ann Lauterbach (3:08): MP3
  3. Glyph (1:23): MP3
  4. Enigma of the Cat (4:06): MP3
  5. Triptych (Van Eyck) (2:26): MP3
  6. Night News With Fake Zebra (2:49): MP3
  7. Domestic Modernsim (1:08): MP3
  8. Introduction to Alice in October (1:40): MP3
  9. Alice in October (2:22): MP3 [TEXT]
  10. The Tears of Eros (After Bataille) (2:27): MP3
  11. Task: to Open #9 (3:07): MP3
  12. Task: to Open #29-30 (5:19): MP3
  13. discussing Dear Instructor (2:25): MP3
  14. Untitled (Spoon) (0:45): MP3
  15. Letter (in Praise of Promiscuity) (1:21): MP3
  16. Untitled (Against Perfection) (2:03): MP3
  17. Zero & A (4:29): MP3
  18. A Plan (0:49): MP3
  19. Untitled (Fate) (2:36): MP3
  20. discussing Beauty and Consolation (Richard Rorty) (2:12): MP3
  21. Beauty and Consolation (Richard Rorty) (1:30): MP3
  22. Untitled (a Value) (4:49): MP3
  23. Some Elements of the Poem (6:47): MP3
  • Complete audio (1:06:48): MP3

Reading for Readings in Contemporary Poetry series at Dia Art Foundation, New York:Chelsea, February 17, 2011

with Paul Foster Johnson

  • Complete reading (28:32): MP3


Lauterbach lecture, "The Given and the Chosen,"

on video, from the School of VIsual Arts in New York, Feb. 11, 2010. LINK

from A Celebration of George Oppen's 100th Birthday at the Kelly Writers House, April 7, 2008

"George Oppen: How Shall I Speak?"; Lauterbach's poem, "Oppen's Way" (8:40): MP3

From Charles Bernstein's Portraits Series: Ann's Goodbye, December 4, 2006

Ann Lauterbach
Ann had come to town to pack up her loft on Duane Street.
She had lost her lease.
I talked to her at the Clocktower studios of WPS1.
(mp4, 39 seconds, 7.7 mb)


Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, March 4, 2006

  1. Introduction (2:22): MP3
  2. Harmony (0:47): MP3
  3. Victory (2:42): MP3
  4. Precision Tuning (1:15): MP3
  5. XYZ Plus Minus (2:46): MP3
  6. Acrostic (Barbara Guest) (0:40): MP3
  7. "Back" (2:25): MP3
  8. The Book and Dream Club (1:17): MP3
  9. Fragment (4:24): MP3
  10. Fragment (12:34): MP3

Complete reading (36:39): MP3

Reading at Wednesdays @ 4-Plus, SUNY Buffalo, October 17, 2001

  • Complete reading (46:39): MP3

Segue Series Reading at Double Happiness, New York December 4, 1999

  1. Introduction (2:24): MP3
  2. Secular Portrait of Jack Spicer (unpublished) (1:57): MP3
  3. Homage to William Carlos Williams (1:41): MP3
  4. Solstice (published as part of "Winter Strawberries") (0:55): MP3
  5. New Brooms (2:32): MP3
  6. Legacy (2:30): MP3
  7. Bookmark, Horizon (Emily Dickinson) (published in Hum as "Bookmark, Horizon (Emily Dickinson, Joseph Cornell)") (3:20): MP3
  8. Untitled (published as "Splendor")(2:02): MP3
  9. Marjorie and Forrest in Moscow (published in Hum as "M. and F. at the K.G.B.")(1:45): MP3
  10. Fragment Oscillating History and Magic (published as part of "Snow") (1:29): MP3
  11. April.doc (unpublished) (3:31): MP3
  12. September Song (4:48): MP3
  13. Interleavings (Paul Celan) (1:23): MP3
  • Complete Reading (30:30): MP3

  • [ all poems published in the sequence, "The Call," in If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (Penguin, 2001) unless otherwise noted ]

Reading for the Segue Series at HERE, New York, October 4, 1997

  1. introduction (1:59): MP3
  2. Opening Day (4:44): MP3
  3. In the Museum of the Word (Henri Matisse) (7:23): MP3
  4. Archaeology (9:04): MP3
  5. Blurb for "On a Stair", "A Valentine for Tomorrow" (5:10): MP3
  6. Nocturnal Real (4:09): MP3
  7. On Tower (1:13): MP3
  8. On Thing (1:12): MP3
  9. Daylight Savings Time (3:11): MP3
  10. Unimpeachible Wilderness (3:10): MP3
  • Complete recording (38:06): MP3

Wednesdays at 4Plus, SUNY Buffalo, April 20, 1994

Complete Reading (50:25): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, January 4, 1992

  • Complete reading (32:54): MP3

from the Live at the Ear CD

"Opening Day" from Clamor, recorded January 4, 1992 (4:38): MP3

Poetry 1991 : The State of the Art, St. Marks Symposium, New York, May 3, 1991

Complete Program (1:18:31): MP3

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