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Readings and conversations at Art International Radio, Clocktower Studio, New York, November 11, 2009

  1. Program One:Vienna Paradox reading
    Perloff  reads from her memoir Vienna Paradox (New Directions, 2004) about growing up in Vienna, and her subsequent move, just before the holocaust, to Riverdale. 
    Complete Program (26:49): MP3

  2. Program Two: Conversation with Charles Bernstein
    Perloff talks about Vienna Paradox, the influence of her experience as a refugee on her literary criticism, her perspective on being a second-language writer of English, the unknown 1950s, her graduate school days with the Christian Brothers at Catholic University of America, irony and Jewish identity, the importance of Karl Kraus and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the pernicious influence of Martin Heidegger on postwar thought. 
    Complete Program (27:21): MP3

  3. Program Three: Conversation with Charles Bernstein
    Perloff talks about a set of schisms that seem to divide 20th century poetry: Yeats versus Futurism; Robert Lowell versus Frank O’Hara; and Wallace Stevens versus Ezra Pound. She reflects on the ongoing legacies of radical modernism for contemporary poetry.

    1. introduction (1:12): MP3
    2. Wallace Stevens and Ezra Pound (2:37): MP3
    3. Gertrude Stein, the cult of Marianne Moore, and the great European Modernist poets (6:17): MP3
    4. the Italian and Russian Futurists, Stein's connection to Futurism, and the relation of poets to visual artists (6:25): MP3
    5. Yeats, sound patterning, and the divergent poetics of Robert Lowell and Frank O'Hara (7:37): MP3
    6. innovation and the avant-garde (2:36): MP3
    7. elitism in relation to poetry (2:40): MP3

    Complete Program (29:27): MP3

  4. Close Listening produced by Charles Bernstein for Art International Radio
    Studio Engineer: Jeannie Hooper:
    © 2009 Marjorie Perloff and Charles Bernstein


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

  1. opening remarks by Al Filreis (3:06): MP3
  2. Stuart Curran (6:53): MP3
  3. Charles Bernstein (8:26): MP3
  4. Wang Zhuo reading a letter from Nie Zhenzhao (4:31): MP3
  5. Al Filreis (10:34): MP3
  6. Joe Wittreich (6:58): MP3
  7. Joe Perloff (2:45): MP3
  8. Jean-Michel Rabate (4:18): MP3
  9. Rachel Blau DuPlessis (5:30): MP3
  10. Bob Perelman (7:49): MP3
  11. brief comments from friends (8:16): MP3
  12. Marjorie Perloff (16:08): MP3
Complete Recording (1:26:44): MP3

Talk on "The Waste Land," Audiatur Conference, Bergen, Norway, July 23, 2012

  1. introduction (8:44): MP3
  2. the relevance of Eliot, the use of citation in poetry, and Pound's role in editing "The Waste Land" (3:55): MP3
  3. Edgell Rickword's negative review of "The Waste Land" (2:44): MP3
  4. the last part of "The Waste Land" and Eliot's use of quotations (5:34): MP3
  5. early drafts and the theme of death in life in "The Waste Land" (7:59): MP3
  6. Eliot's family, his relationship with Jean Jules Verdenal, and his move to England (5:55): MP3
  7. Eliot's marriage with Vivienne Haigh-Wood and impotence and Eliot's attitude toward women in "The Waste Land" (3:24): MP3
  8. Eliot reinventing himself as a British poet and his editorship at The Criterion (5:20): MP3
  9. the publishing of "The Waste Land," early v. late Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and Eliot's sound structures (5:04): MP3
  10. Eliot's relationship with Pound, collage as technique, and differences between "The Cantos" and "The Waste Land" (4:29): MP3
  11. Eliot after 1923 (2:57): MP3
  12. the Lil section of "The Waste Land" (7:50): MP3
  13. changes in tone, despair and evil, and Part III of "The Waste Land" (3:12): MP3
  14. "The Tempest" passages and the precision of proper names in "The Waste Land" (3:23): MP3
  15. Eliot and Baudelaire on evil (1:39): MP3
  • complete recording (1:12:38): MP3

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To Change Your Life: Wittgenstein on Christianity, University of Bergen, Norway, July 18, 2012

  • complete reading (55:08): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #50, discussing Tom Raworth's "Errory," February 28, 2012

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

Lecture as a Kelly Writers House Fellow, Philadelphia, April 25, 2011

  1. introduction by Al Filreis (7:26): MP3
  2. introduction by Marjorie Perloff (2:11): MP3
  3. complete lecture on Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (1:01:22): MP3
  4. Q & A (16:35): MP3
  • complete recording (1:31:02): MP3

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Interview/Discussion as a Kelly Writers House Fellow, Philadelphia, April 26, 2011

  • complete recording (1:14:42): MP3

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    excerpt, discussing "Can(n)on to the Right of Us, Can(n)on to the Left of Us" (9:16): YouTube

    Reading from her memoir at the University at Buffalo, May 20, 2003

    Presenting on the work of Haroldo de Campos, Guggenheim Museum, New York, January 12, 2002

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    Talk given at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, October 20, 1999

    1. Introduction by Al Filreis (11:32): MP3
    2. "Watchman, Spy and Dead Man: Frank O' Hara, Jasper Johns, and John Cage in the Sixties" (1:01:24): MP3, RealAudio
    3. Q & A (9:28): MP3

    Interview with A.L. Nielsen for the Incognito Lounge in Palo Alto, CA, November 12, 1991

    1. introduction by A.L. Nielsen (0:51): MP3
    2. work on Frank O'Hara (7:13): MP3
    3. "The Futurist Moment, poetic movements, and marginalized works (7:47): MP3
    4. "The Poetics of Indeterminacy" and John Cage (15:02): MP3
    5. the avant-garde and post-modernism (7:57): MP3
    6. "The Radical Artifice," poetic language, and authentic speech (13:16): MP3
    7. L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets (7:42): MP3
    8. Wittgenstein and Gertrude Stein (6:52): MP3
    complete interview (1:06:36): MP3

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

    complete recording (32:47): MP3

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