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  • Readings and conversations at WPS1.Org
  • Clocktower Studio, New York, December 4, 2006

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

    Full program (27:45)
  1. Typography (2:47)
  2. Diorama of the Uninhabited Yes (2:23)
  3. On (Thing) (1:02)
  4. Poise on Arrow (2:06)
  5. Eclipse with Object (1:19)
  6. Missing Ages (4:08)
  7. Harm's Way, Arm's Reach (2:55)
  8. The French Girl (2:29)
  9. True and False Green (0:44)
  10. Quotations from Reality (1:02)

from Hum (New York: Penguin, 2005):

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

Program Two

Lauterbach in conversation with Charles Bernstein (28:27)

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

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
  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

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
  11. 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 ]

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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