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Bernadette Mayer

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"Complete Works of Webern: A Film," from 4-track reel-reel Tape Poems ed. Eduardo Costa and John Perrault (1969)

(4:56): MP3 (courtesy: Ubu)

Appearing on Public Access Poetry with Lewis Warsh, April 26, 1978

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Pacifica Radio with Susan Howe, April 22, 1979

  1. Eve of Easter (3:19): MP3
  2. Discussion of "Eve of Easter" (1:19): MP3
  3. Introduction (2:06): MP3
  4. Mayer discusses her writing process (1:19): MP3
  5. Easy Puddings (7:14): MP3
  6. Discussion of "Baby Come Today, October 4th" (0:40): MP3
  7. Baby Come Today, October 4th (2:25): MP3
  8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1:39): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  9. Simplicities are Glittering (3:13): MP3
  10. Discussion (27:00): MP3
  11. 1979 (6:14) MP3
  12. Closing comments from Susan Howe (0:57): MP3

  • Complete reading and discussion (57:51): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn May 26, 1979

    from Midwinter Day, book 4 (37:33): MP3

from The World Record: Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1969-1980

  • From Studying Hunger ("Blondie") (5:29): MP3

Catullus #48

  • Catullus #48 (studio recording with Latin): MP3
  • Catullus #48 Naropa (1987): MP3

Bernadette Mayer reading at the Ear Inn with Lee Ann Brown, October 15, 1988

  1. Sonnet: Welcome (0:55): MP3
  2. Alone (0:53): MP3
  3. Presidential Platform (5:24): MP3
  4. Ten Three Line Poems (2:07): MP3
  5. Do You Have Sex in the Bed of the Floor? (0:42): MP3
  6. The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty (1:54): MP3 [text]
  7. Who Is the Elegant What of the Something (1:57): MP3
  8. Period of the Delaware Water Gap (3:04): MP3
  9. Titles, or Turtles for Clark (4:03): MP3
  10. Marie, You Must Meet Kristina At Music School Tomorrow and Not Her Home (2:15): MP3
  11. Diary Kept Everyday for Ten Weeks (6:56): MP3
  12. Food that we would normally not be eating (5:50): MP3
  13. Compete Introductory Lectures on Poetery (2:02): MP3
  14. Spooky Action From a Distance (1:07): MP3
  15. Holding the Thought of Love (1:03): MP3
  16. A Marriage of Cut Flowers (0:51): MP3
  17. Love is a babe and when you put your startling hand on my cunt... (0:50): MP3
  18. Clap Hands (1:29): MP3

  19. Complete Recording (37:45): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, October 1991

  • Complete Reading (27:50): MP3
  • Rattle Up A Deer, Live at Penny Lane, 19: Bernadette Mayer & Anne Waldman

    1. Introduction by Tom Peters (1:55): MP3
    2. Catullus 6 #48 (0:41): MP3
    3. On Catullus #2 (1:09): MP3
    4. Horace's Fourth Ode (1:23): MP3
    5. DWI (after Horace's fourth Ode) (1:57): MP3
    6. Epigram: I am the six-pack of Coke... (0:12): MP3
    7. Poor John Egan epigram (0:17): MP3
    8. Epigram: La Clinica Dental (0:13): MP3
    9. Sepulchral God the Father Epigram (0:15): MP3
    10. Two from the Greek Anthology (1:58): MP3
    11. Laundry, School and Food Epigrams (2:56): MP3
    12. Catullus #99 (1:16): MP3
    13. After Catullus and Horace (1:32): MP3
    14. Epigram: Some men think... (0:30): MP3
    15. A Philosophy for Boys (1:12): MP3
    16. Epigram after Auden (0:15): MP3
    17. Epigram: I'm the pen your lover writes with... (0:14): MP3
    18. Epigram: I was the song I sang... (0:16): MP3
    19. Epigram: I'm an old known paint... (0:17): MP3
    20. Toy Epigrams (3:00): MP3
    21. Catullus #67 (4:12): MP3
    22. Man and Woman Epigrams (1:28): MP3
    23. American Imitation Amatory Epigrams (1:36): MP3
    24. Hendecasyllables on Catullus #33 (0:48): MP3
    25. Catullus #42 (1:39): MP3

    26. Sound engineers: Micheal Zangari & Tom Peters
      Recorded on portable 4 track directly through non-amplified music.
      Original master tapes property of "So. You're a Poet," Archives/Tom Peters, all rights reserved. © 2004.
      (Recording courtesy of Farfalla Press and Gary Parrish)

    Bernadette Mayer Celebration at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, October 1, 1998

  • Introduction (4:27): MP3
  • Shawn Walker (15:29): MP3
  • Ange Mlinko (24:18): MP3
      1. on coming to Bernadette Mayer's work (7:32): MP3
      2. Downtown they play a recording of birds to keep away other birds (1:22): MP3
      3. Wonderland (0:38): MP3
      4. Emails De Mon Ami (1:30): MP3
      5. The North End (0:58): MP3
      6. City Story (3:21): MP3
      7. Brief (0:44): MP3
      8. The Difference Between a Ghost and an Angel (2:33): MP3
      9. N + 495 (1:47): MP3
      10. Just Dump Me On the Palace Steps (1:35): MP3
      11. These Representations of Peacetime, parts 2 and 3 (1:54): MP3
  • Bernadette Mayer (36:57): MP3
      1. Introductory comments (1:49): MP3
      2. First turn to me (4:49): MP3
      3. Failures in Infinitives (4:50): MP3
      4. reading from a Hallmark card (1:25): MP3
      5. Lake Yes-No (3:22): MP3
      6. on epigrams (2:43): MP3
      7. from American Imitation Amatory Epigram (0:12): MP3
      8. Poor John Egan Epigram (0:26): MP3
      9. Epigram: La Clinica Dental (0:11): MP3
      10. Sepulchral God the Father Epigram (0:31): MP3
      11. from The Greek Anthology (3:57): MP3
      12. from Laundry and School Epigrams (3:45): MP3
      13. Catullus #99 (2:57): MP3
      14. more from Laundry and School Epigrams (1:58): MP3
      15. from Amatory Epigram (to Aristotle or Ignatius Loyola) (0:29): MP3
      16. Catullus #42 (3:33): MP3

    Reading as part of The Line Reading Series, April 18, 2000

    1. Lytle Shaw's Introduction (1:56): MP3
    2. March 20, 2000 - April 17, 2000 Diary Entries (7:14): MP3
    3. Jackie Strumpendairy & Celestia St. Auvin at the College of New Rochelle (3:01): MP3
    4. Walmart Epigrams (0:46): MP3
    5. Epigram on Epigrams: A collaborative epigram (0:16): MP3
    6. LeeAnn Brown: Starbucks Epigram, Andrew's Epigram, Too Many Epigrams (1:27): MP3
    7. Various Epigrams (including: Epigram, I am the rope used to tie Marinza up; David Letterman Epigram; John Fisk Epigram; Louis Anemone Epigram; Dollar Bill Epigram; I ate my Macoroni & Cheese; Birdfeeder Epigram; Garden Epigram; I am Bernadette Echo Hawk; Epigram on Being Alone) (5:27): MP3
    8. Poem for Jackson (2:03): MP3
    9. Objectivity (0:17): MP3
    10. This is a list of fruit and vegetables (1:09): MP3
    11. Amatory Epigrams (0:18): MP3
    12. What It Means to Be Human (1:09): MP3
    13. Short Poems (2:21): MP3
    14. List of names (1:50): MP3
    15. Marie Makes Fun of Me at the Drawer (1:21): MP3
    16. April 18, 2000 Diary Entry (written during the reading) (2:49): MP3

      Complete Reading (33:33): MP3

    Reading as part of The Line Series Reading, May 11, 2004

    1. Lytle Shaw's Introduction (3:23): MP3
    2. Grow Up (1:00): MP3
    3. Stanzas in Meditation (1:03): MP3
    4. On Sleep (10:05): MP3
    5. The Petty Blues (2:57): MP3
    6. Phil Magneteer, Ne Plus Ultra, July 23-26 (0:39): MP3
    7. "felt like I ate paté with the Queen..." (beginning cut off) (0:43): MP3
    8. The Bush Blues (0:18): MP3
    9. Introduction to Killing (0:49): MP3
    10. To Admiral Scott About Space (7:25): MP3
    • Complete Reading (36:19): MP3

    Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, November 22, 2008

    1. Introduction (2:30): MP3
    2. Ancient Brooklyn Talk By the Boardwalk (3:19): MP3
    3. Whistle Stop Sleeper (1:20): MP3
    4. Don't Drink Busch Beer (2:39): MP3
    5. Sonnets (7:15): MP3
    6. All Aboard (1:01): MP3
    7. "Food stamps lead to heroin..." (0:49): MP3
    8. A Flooding Scrabble Sonnet (0:58): MP3
    9. Willy-Nilly Sonnet (1:08): MP3
    10. Phil's Passing Through the Leaves (0:55): MP3
    11. A Hundred Eggs (3:25): MP3
    12. Hector's poems (3:39): MP3
    13. Shawn Killian (2:04): MP3
    • Complete Reading (31:07): MP3

    PoemTalk Podcast #58, discussing Bernadette Mayer's "The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty," October 26, 2012

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

    Bernadette Mayer and Philip Good Reading at Kelly Writers House, October 21, 2014

    • Philip Good (16:35): MP3
    • Bernadette Mayer (34:27): MP3
    1. The Phenomenon of Chaos (1:21): MP3
    2. Tuesday (1:10): MP3
    3. Dream (0:31): MP3
    4. Helen Crandall Whalen (2:51): MP3
    5. Helen Rezey Sestina (2:58): MP3
    6. Carleton Fisk Is My Ideal (2:35): MP3
    7. Sonnet (0:44): MP3
    8. America, my worst poem (0:52): MP3
    9. Corn (0:54): MP3
    10. Pope John (0:30): MP3
    11. Yellow Orange (1:38): MP3
    12. Death is a Cambric Fabric (2:16): MP3
    13. The Ballad of Theodore (2:19): MP3
    14. Hail and Farewell (0:37): MP3
    15. Thrift Shop Blues (Collaboration with Good) (9:39): MP3

    Complete Reading (57:54): MP3

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