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Studio 111 recording session at the University of Pennsylvania, January 27, 2004

Click here for three pictures of the Studio 111 session.

A Conversation with Bob Perelman (56:31), with host Charles Bernstein and questions from Penn students:

MP3 , RealAudio

Studio 111 Reading

  1. "An Autobiography" (7:28): MP3
  2. On "An Autobiography" (0:45): MP3
  3. "The Unruly Child" (1:26): MP3
  4. On "The Unruly Child" (0:30): MP3
  5. "Let's Say" (2:06): MP3
  6. "Praise & Blame" (4:06): MP3
  7. On "Praise & Blame" (0:52): MP3
  8. "Chronic Meanings" (5:21): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  9. On "Chronic Meanings" (1:22): MP3
  10. "The Manchurian Candidate" (19:28): MP3
  11. "Confession" (2:59): MP3
  12. "Revenge of the Bathwater" (4:45): MP3
  13. "The Dream of the Bed" (3:02): MP3
  14. "Here 2" (5:47): MP3

Credits: Selections 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, & 11, Ten to One: Selected Poems: (Wesleyan University Press, 1999). Copyright © 1999 by Bob Perelman.

Studio 111 Producer: Charles Bernstein
from Patrick Dillon


Reading at Oh! Sandy: A Remembrance, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, November 10, 2013, hosted by Phong Bui

  • complete reading (3:51): MP3

American Philosophical Society Celebration of Marjorie Perloff, KWH, UPenn, November 10, 2012

Complete Recording (7:49): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #54, discussing Ron Silliman's "You," June 20, 2012

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

"The Mothers of Us All, and Their Fathers: Drafts and the Epic Tradition," Rachel Blau DuPlessis Celebration, Temple University, October 21, 2011

  • complete reading (56:08): MP3

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Group Reading at Modernist Studies Association, Hallwall's Contemporary Art Center, Heatstrings, Buffalo, October 7, 2011

  • Bob Perelman (4:35): MP3

Segue Series reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, May 21, 2011

  • Complete Reading (33:31): MP3
  • Introduction (4:56): MP3
  • Bob's Introduction (2:91): MP3
  • The Fortune Teller (1:11): MP3
  • Three Noises (1:44): MP3
  • Evolution (1:04): MP3
  • The Unruly Child (1:98): MP3
  • Institutions and the Individual Application (1:30): MP3
  • Excerpt (3:72): MP3
  • Symmetry of Past and Future (9:11): MP3
  • Revenge of the Bathwater (6:14): MP3

Poetry in 1960 - A Symposium at The Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, December 6, 2010

(with Al Filreis, Danny Snelson, Erica Kaufman, Mel Nichols, Ron Silliman, Judith Goldman, Chris Funkhouser, Kristen Gallagher, Michael S. Hennessey, Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Charles Bernstein)

on The New American Poetry edited by Donald Allen (6:15): MP3

complete program (2:20:13): MP3

A performance of Bob Perleman's The Alps at the Kelly Writers House, April 13, 2010

produced by: Sarah Arkebauer and Michelle Taransky

complete performance (30:59): MP3

Coming in from the Cold: Celebrating Twenty Years of the MLA Off-Site Poetry Reading at the Philadelphia Mariott, December 29, 2009

  • complete reading (6:37): MP3

MLA Off-Site Reading at the Rotunda, Philadelphia, December 29, 2009

  • complete reading (2:36:46): MP3

Literary Hoaxes, a presentation with Paul Maliszewski at the Kelly Writer's House, October 21, 2009

Complete Recording (1:11:23): MP3 / MOV

Video excerpt: Bob Perelman discusses the Spectra Hoax

Reading from Poems for the Millennium III, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, October 7, 2009

Complete Reading (13:33): MP3

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

  • "Oppen's Knowledge" (14:12): MP3

MLA Off-Site Reading, Chicago, December 28, 2007

  • "Current Poetics," "[I toy with you...]" (2:31): MP3

Segue Series reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, March 24, 2007

  1. Introduction (6:33): MP3
  2. Perelman's Introduction (1:14): MP3
  3. Here Here (8:13): MP3
  4. Perelman discusses Playing Bodies (0:50): MP3
  5. "1" from Playing Bodies (0:31): MP3
  6. "2" from Playing Bodies (0:32): MP3
  7. New Poem 1 (0:30): MP3
  8. New Poem 2 (0:37): MP3
  9. New Poem 3 (0:13): MP3
  10. Liquid Assets (3:46): MP3
  11. The Culture of Barbarism (3:21): MP3
  12. New Poem 4 (0:28): MP3
  13. New Poem 5 (0:34): MP3
  14. New Poem 6 (0:23): MP3
  15. New Poem 7 (0:27): MP3
  16. New Poem 8 (0:28): MP3
  17. New Poem 9 (0:33): MP3
  18. New Poem 10 (0:50): MP3
  19. Only One of Us is Henry James (2:30): MP3
  20. Ideal Reader (0:11): MP3
  21. Student Publication (0:15): MP3
  22. Pound's Penis (aside) (0:51): MP3
  23. Epic Proportions (0:13): MP3
  24. "The past charming itself . . ." (1:07): MP3
  25. Poetic Sex (1:04): MP3

  26. Complete Reading (37:54): MP3

Book release party in celebration of IFLIFE, January 9, 2007

  1. Introduction by Jessica Lowenthal (5:16): MP3
  2. Introduction by Bob Perelman (2:38): MP3
  3. On "Against Shock and Awe" (1:22): MP3
  4. "Against Shock and Awe" (5:49): MP3
  5. on "The Revenge of the Bathwater" (0:56): MP3
  6. "The Revenge of the Bathwater" (5:51): MP3
  7. on "Or Not" (1:10) MP3
  8. "Or Not" (1:10) MP3
  9. on "The Dream of the Bed" (2:08): MP3
  10. "The Dream of the Bed" (3:18): MP3
  11. from "Iflife" (5:06): MP3
  12. from "Tanktop" (1:09): MP3
  13. Complete Recording (37:15): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #90, "Ten to One," with host Leonard Schwartz, 2006

complete recording (59:04): MP3

Holloway Series Reading with Mia You, UC Berkeley, November 29, 2006

  1. Introduction and Reading by Mia You (21:39): MP3
  2. Introduction Bob Perelman's Reading (2:45): MP3
  3. Selection from If Life (43:01): MP3
  4. Reading (46:15): MP3
  5. Questions (16:00): MP3

MLA Offsite Reading at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C., December 28, 2005

  1. Only One of Us is Henry James (1:31): MP3
  2. Ideal Reader (0:12): MP3
  3. Student Publication (0:14): MP3
  4. Pound's Penis (aside) (0:46): MP3
  5. Epic Proportions (0:31): MP3
  6. Theater of Cruelty (0:46): MP3
  7. Poetic Sex (0:20): MP3
  8. Enemy Readers (0:46): MP3
  9. Faith Based Lyric (0:38): MP3
  10. The Jack Spicer Memorial Neuron (0:14): MP3
  11. Stein and Miss Murphy (0:35): MP3
  12. Envoi (0:35): MP3

Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, NY, March 11, 2006

  1. Introduction by Charles Borkhuis (3:07): MP3
  2. Iflife (including the "poems" Pleasure, Ankles, & The Past is No Place for Someone Like You) (16:09): MP3
  3. Voice Play (named sections: Only One of Us is Henry James, Ideal (): MP3
  4. Reader, Student Publication, Pound's Penis [aside], Epic Proportions, Theater of Cruelty, Husbands at Their Desks, Poetic Sex, Enemy Readers, How Much is That Poet in the Window, Faith Based Lyric, The Jack Spicer Memorial Neuron, Stein and Miss Murphy, Envoi (7:28): MP3
  5. Veiled Portrait (0:54): Veiled Portrait (0:54)
  6. Untitled Says it All (0:23): Untitled Says it All (0:23)
  7. Habits of the Ancients (0:29): Habits of the Ancients (0:29)
  8. Another (0:23): Another (0:23)
  9. Tank Top (sections: [opening, un-subtitled], Current Poetics, The Remote, Three Coins in a Fountain, Sunday Morning, Host, Mosul, Beating the Bushes) (11:46): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 38, University of Pennsylvania, November 11, 2002

  1. Djuna Moon (1:07): MP3
  2. Driving to the Philadelphia Poetry Festival (2:55): MP3
  3. Today's Lament (3:07): MP3

Lecture on Pound at the Poets House, December 7, 2001

Segue Reading at Double Happiness NYC, February 17, 2001

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania: "Nine Contemporary Poets Read Themselves Through Modernism", October 14, 2000

  1. Introduction by Al Filreis (2:44): MP3
  2. Introductory remarks (1:59): MP3
  3. About Louis Zukofsky (14:05): MP3
  4. "Not Me" and reading from Zukofsky (6:55): MP3
  5. "Catalyst" and "Virgil's Fourth Eclogue" (20:03): MP3

Complete Recording: MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, January 26, 1999

  1. In a Nutshell (1:11): MP3
  2. The Avant Garde (3:34): MP3
  3. The Library: January 28 (2:36): MP3
  4. Confession (3:12): MP3
  5. Chaime Soutine (5:24): MP3
  6. The Manchurian Candidate (21:25): MP3
  7. Symmetry of Past and Future (8:42): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 12, University of Pennsylvania, November 11, 1998

  1. Chaim Sutein (5:20): MP3
  2. The Womb of Avant Garde Reason (6:59): MP3

Reading for LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 1, University of Pennsylvania, February 15, 1997

  1. Confessing to the Listserv (2:58): MP3
  2. To the Future (1:52): MP3

MLA Offsite Series Reading at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C., December 27, 1996

  1. The Alphabet (0:46): MP3
  2. In a Nutshell (1:09): MP3
  3. Lord Randal (2:16): MP3
  4. The Mask of Rhyme (2:17): MP3

Reading for Wednesdays @ 4Plus, University at Buffalo, October 19, 1993

Complete Reading (49:57): MP3

A retrospective at Intersection of the Arts, San Francisco, June 11, 1990

courtesy of A.L. Nielsen's Incognito Lounge

Complete Recording (49:39): MP3 / (53:49): MP3 / (10:38): MP3

MLA Off-Site Reading, Bick's Books, Washington D.C., December 28, 1989

complete recording (39:57): MP3

  1. Introduction (0:22): MP3
  2. Picture Writing (3:54): MP3
  3. Chronic Meanings (6:28): MP3
  4. Free Prose (6:11): MP3
  5. Seduced by Analogy (2:17): MP3
  6. Problems of Everyday Life (1:00): MP3
  7. from The First World (1:47): MP3
  8. Fable (1:28): MP3
  9. Back to the Present (2:19): MP3
  10. The View from the Dollar Bill (1:34): MP3
  11. The Family of Man (1:45): MP3
  12. Here (1:38): MP3
  13. Ground (1:33): MP3
  14. selectiongs from "Clippings," Section 4 of Captive Audience (5:59): MP3

Segue Reading at the Ear Inn May 24, 1986

  • Complete Reading (47:13): MP3

Talk on Good and Bad/ Good and Evil, May 20, 1985

St. Mark's Talks, May 25, 1984

the first half of the talk by Bob Perelman was not recorded

Talk on Pronouns Given at 578 Folsom as a Part of the Grand Piano Series, April 1, 1979

  • First Part (48:05): MP3
  • Second Part (48:30): MP3
  • Third Part (31:50): MP3

Talk on Style Given at 80 Langton St, San Francisco March 23, 1978

  • First Part (46:34): MP3
  • Second Part (46:47): MP3
  • Third Part (41:46): MP3


Appearances on PoemTalk

PoemTalk Podcast #44, discussing Fred Wah's "Race, to go," August 11, 2011

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

PoemTalk Podcast #34, discussing Charles Olson's Maximus poems, July 26, 2010

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

PoemTalk Podcast #31, discussing Robert Grenier's "Sentences," April 22, 2010

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

PoemTalk Podcast #30, discussing William Carlos Williams' "Flowers by the Sea" and "The Red Wheelbarrow," March 28, 2010

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

PoemTalk Podcast #22, discussing Louis Zukofsky's "It's hard to see but think of a sea," from Anew, September 14, 2009

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

PoemTalk Podcast #19, discussing Perelman's "The Unruly Child," July 6, 2009

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PoemTalk Podcast #16, discussing Robert Creeley's "I Know A Man," April 8, 2009

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

PoemTalk Podcast #15, discussing Lyn Hejinian's "constant change figures," March 9, 2009

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PoemTalk Podcast #10, discussing Gertrude Stein's "Portrait of Christian Bernard," September 8, 2008

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These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2004 Bob Perelman. Studio 111 conversation © 2004 Bob Perelman/Charles Bernstein. Used with permission of Bob Perelman. Distributed by PennSound.