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Photo © Layle Silbert (1972)

LINEbreak interview with Charles Bernstein (1996)

PennSound Podcast Featuring Jerome Rothenberg (15:41): MP3


Jerome Rothenberg at D.G. Wills Books, November 23, 2013

introduced by David Antin

    Reading for the Readings in Contemporary Poetry series at Dia Art Foundation, New York:Chelsea, April 8, 2013

    with Jerome Rothenberg

    • complete reading (34:49): MP3


    Reading from Cruel Nirvana at Univeristy of Michigan, April 20013: video

    Jerome Rothenberg's 80th Birthday Tribute, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, December 9, 2011

    1. Introduction (5:50): MP3
    2. Old Man Beaver's Blessing Song (1:09): MP3
    3. I Come Into the New World (2:29): MP3
    4. Variations on the Hell of Measures (3:47): MP3
    5. Variations on the Hell of Thieves (2:10): MP3
    6. The Times Are Never Right (2:15): MP3
    7. A Poem of Miracles (9:44): MP3
    8. letter from Henry Munn (2:53): MP3
    Complete Reading (30:52): MP3

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    Lunch Reading with Amish Trivedi, Kelly Writers House, October 12, 2011

    • complete reading (1:01:56): MP3

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    Reading at Xavier University, April 13, 2011

    from Poland/1931 (1974)
    • 5. the Wedding (Yiddish translation by Amos Schauss) (1:38): MP3
    • 6. the Wedding (2:16): MP3
    • 7. the Beadle's Testimony (2:00): MP3
    • 8. the Student's Testimony (6:15): MP3
    from A Big Jewish Book: Poems & Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present (1977)
    • 9. Song for the Shekinah on the Feast of the Sabbath (by Isaac Luria, trans. Rothenberg) (3:27): MP3
    from Poland/1931 (1974)
    • 10. Esther K. Comes to America: 1931 (4:40): MP3
    from Khurbn & Other Poems (1989)
    • 11. excerpts from Pre-Face and other introductory comments (4:44): MP3
    • 12. In the Dark Word, Khurbn (0:34): MP3
    • 13. Dos Oysleydikn (the Emptying) (2:52): MP3
    • 14. Dos Geshray (the Scream) (2:43): MP3
    from Gematria (1993)
    • 15. introductory comments (3:28): MP3
    • 16. the First Station: Auschwitz-Birkenau (0:46): MP3
    • 17. the Ninth Station: Treblinka (0:28): MP3
    • 18. the Thirteenth Station: Ravensbrück (0:50): MP3
    • 19. the Fourteenth Station: Stutthof (0:20): MP3
    from The Burning Babe (2007)
      20. introductory comments (1:09): MP3
    • 21. The Burning Babe (1:29): MP3
    from Khurbn & Other Poems (1989)
    • 22. Peroration for a Lost Town (6:44): MP3
    from Concealments & Caprichos (2010)
    • 23. introductory comments on "A Book of Concealments"(3:34): MP3
    • 24. Four Preludes (1:29): MP3
    • 25. Righting an Ancient Wrong (1:16): MP3
    • 26. Let it Be Ice (0:57): MP3
    • 27. The Times Are Never Right (1:11): MP3
    • 28. In the Book of Concealments (2:17): MP3

    Jerome Rothenberg records for the Rockdrill CD series

    Rockdrill 6: Sightings, Jerome Rothenberg: Poems 1960-1983

    Published by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Optic Nerve for Birkbeck College, 2004.
    Produced by Colin Still. Used with the permission of Colin Still.

    1. Twentieth Century Unlimited (0:36): MP3
    2. 'A Little Boy Lost' (0:57): MP3
    3. A Bodhisattava Undoes Hell (2:22): MP3
    4. Sightings #1, #2, #4 (2:55): MP3
    5. The Pirate (1:31): MP3
    6. The Water of the Flowery Mill (0:59): MP3
    7. Child of an Idumean Night (3:24): MP3
    8. from Poland/1931 'The Wedding,' Yiddish translation by Amos Schauss (0:59): MP3
    9. from Poland/1931 'The Wedding' (2:27): MP3
    10. from Poland/1931 'The Wedding,' music by Bertram Turetzky (3:05): MP3
    11. Portrait of a Jew Old Country Style (3:04): MP3
    12. Cokboy: Part One (7:03): MP3
    13. Cokboy: Part Two (7:08): MP3
    14. The Animals Are Coming, translation from Senecan Indian with Richard Johnny John (1:25): MP3
    15. Introduction to 'A Seneca Journal' (1:02): MP3
    16. from 'A Seneca Journal 1: A Poem of Beavers' (1:38): MP3
    17. Old Man Beaver's Blessing Song (1:33): MP3
    18. from The Dreamers (1:32): MP3
    19. The 13th Horse Song of Frank Mitchell (4:53): MP3
    20. from The First Horse Song of Frank Mitchell: 4-Voice Version (3:30): MP3
    21. The Chicago Poem (2:44): MP3
    22. The Chicago Poem, with music by George Lewis (3:53): MP3
    23. That Dada Strain (0:39): MP3
    24. That Dada Strain, with music by Bertram Turetzky (0:43): MP3
    25. Karawane (Hugo Ball), with music by Bertram Turetzky (1:57): MP3
    26. A Glass Tube Ecstasy for Hugo Ball, with music by Bertram Turetzky (1:53): MP3
    27. the Holy Words of Tristan Tzara (7:53): MP3

    Rockdrill 7: Seedings, Jerome Rothenberg: Poems 1984-2003

    Published by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Optic Nerve for Birkbeck College, 2004.
    Produced by Colin Still. Used with the permission of Colin Still.

    1. In the dark world, khurbn (0:42): MP3
    2. Dos Oysleydikn (The Emptying) (2:31): MP3
    3. In the dark world, khurbn [music by Charlie Morrow] (0:45): MP3
    4. Dos Oysleydikn (The Emptying) [music by Charlie Morrow] (2:38): MP3
    5. Dos Geshray (The Scream) [music by Charlie Morrow] (2:39): MP3
    6. Peroration for a Lost Town [music by Charlie Morrow] (6:04): MP3
    7. A Paradise of Poets (0:38): MP3
    8. Lorca Variations XXXIII: Second New York Poem (7:05): MP3
    9. Seedings (10:09): MP3
    10. Postlude to Seedings (2:21): MP3
    11. At Tsukiji Market, Tokyo (7:19): MP3
    12. New Improvisations (8:05): MP3
    13. Three Paris Elegies (5:00): MP3
    14. First Night Poem, for Jackson MacLow (3:41): MP3
    15. Autobiography 1997 (5:36): MP3
    16. Auschwitz-Birkenau (0:51): MP3
    17. Baba Yar (0:35): MP3
    18. The Case for Memory (0:49): MP3
    19. The Burning House (0:44): MP3
    20. Where God is Light (0:51): MP3
    21. A Real Man (0:50): MP3
    22. The Last Friend (0:43): MP3
    23. I Am Mad by Turns (0:59): MP3
    24. A Cruel Nirvana (0:52): MP3
    25. I Prefer a Poem with Spaces (1:04): MP3
    26. I Can't Say Who I Am (0:56): MP3
    27. I Come into the New World (1:19): MP3

    Horse Songs & Other Soundings (S Press, 1975)

    1. Horse Songs I (7:47): MP3
    2. Horse Songs X (4:25): MP3
    3. Horse Songs XI (4:09): MP3
    4. Horse Songs XII (5:57): MP3
    5. Horse Songs XIII (5:44): MP3
    6. Salamanca a Prophecy (Seneca Journal) (0:26): MP3
    7. Shaking the Pumpkin - opening songs (13:26): MP3
    8. Shaking the Pumpkin & Seneca Journal (3:08): MP3
    9. Seneca Journal 1 (10:11): MP3
    Rothenberg discusses "Horse Songs" and "total translation" at UBUWEB.

    Multitrack recording with Jean-Charles Francois, percussion, and Bertram Turetzky, bass, circa 1975, That Dada Strain

    1. Karawane (1:48): MP3
    2. A Glass Tube Ecstacy (2:27): MP3
    3. London Onion (1:44): MP3
    4. The Holy Wars of Tristan Tzara (9:11): MP3
    5. Y-V (After Tristan Tzara) (2:01): MP3

    Horse Songs (four voices, 1978)

    1. Part One (24:20): MP3
    2. Part Two (13:22): MP3

    Poland 1931, circa 1985

    1. The Wedding (3:45): MP3
    2. The King of the Jews (1:18): MP3
    3. The Beadle's Testimony (1:49): MP3
    4. The Rabbi's Testimony (1:51): MP3
    5. The 7 Melodies of Esther K (4:04): MP3
    Performed by Jerome Rothenberg (voice), Jean-Charles Francois (percussion) and Bertram Turetzky (bass).
    Recorded: circa 1985; originally produced as a private cassette

    Reading as part of the Politics of Poetic Form series at The New School, September 30, 1988

    complete recording (2:01:24): MP3

    University of California, San Diego, c. 1993

    1. "Why was it the apple and not the pomegranate?" (0:35): MP3
    2. About Lorca Variations (0:44): MP3
    3. From Lorca Variations (5:24): MP3
    4. Old Man Beaver's Blessing Song (2:12): MP3
    Complete Reading (9:50): MP3

    Reading at the SUNY Buffalo, March 3, 1993

    1. introduction by Dennis Tedlock (7:57): MP3
    2. on "Horse Songs" and total translation (2:33): MP3
    3. Horse Songs I (4:29): MP3
    4. on Seneca Journal (3:29): MP3
    5. Seneca Journal I (8:07): MP3
    6. on That Dada Strain (1:37): MP3
    7. That Dada Strain (0:34): MP3
    8. performing Hugo Ball's "Karawane" (0:58): MP3
    9. A Glass Tube of Ecstasy, for Hugo Ball (1:47): MP3
    10. on addressing the dead and Garcia Lorca (2:16): MP3
    11. The Lorca Variations I, Lorca's Spain: A Homage (1:56): MP3
    12. The Lorca Variations VII, Water (for Charles Bernstein) (1:24): MP3
    13. The Lorca Variations XV, Water Jets (1:17): MP3
    14. The Lorca Variations XXXIII, Second New York Poem (6:43): MP3
    15. The Lorca Variations VIII, Backwaters (0:41): MP3
    16. on Khurbn (1:45): MP3
    17. In the Dark Word, Khurbn (0:33): MP3
    18. Dos Oysleydikn (The Emptying) (3:33): MP3
    19. Dos Geshray (The Scream) (2:37): MP3
    20. on writing poems to accompany Arie Galles's drawings (1:33): MP3
    21. Third Station: Buchenwald (0:14): MP3
    22. Twelfth Station: Gross-Rosen (0:20): MP3
    23. Seventh Station: Dachau (0:12): MP3
    24. Ninth Station: Treblinka (0:34): MP3
    25. Eleventh Station: Maidanek (0:35): MP3
    26. Thirteenth Station: Ravensbruck (0:44): MP3
    27. Peroration for a Lost Town (5:00): MP3
    complete reading (1:04:16): MP3

    Reading selections from Poems for the Millennium at the Kelly Writers House, September 28, 1998

    1. Aime Cesaire: Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (0:19): MP3
    2. Robert Duncan: Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow (1:15): MP3
    3. John Cage: Lecture on Nothing (2:10): MP3
    4. Marie Louise Kaschnitz: Who Would Have Thought It (1:49): MP3
    5. Alice Notley: Desamere (2:15): MP3
    6. Fujii Sadakazu: Where is Japanese Poetry (2:31): MP3
    7. Andrei Voznesensky: Back into the Future (0:25): MP3
    8. Maria Sabina: The Midnight Velada (4:13): MP3
    9. Rothenberg's "Lorca Variations" read by the author (3:30): MP3
    10. Rothenberg's "Three Paris Elegies" read by the author (7:40): MP3
    11. Rothenberg's "Night Poems for Jackson MacLow" read by the author (8:45): MP3

    Radio Readings Project, April 24, 1999

    1. A Paradise of Poets (1:45): MP3
    2. At Tsukiji Market, Tokyo October 19, 1996 (8:40): MP3
    3. Three Paris Elegies (7:40): MP3
    4. New Improvisations (9:32): MP3
    5. Anger, a Dream & Pain (1:34): MP3
    6. First Night Poem for Jackson Mac Low - Variations & Collage (8:40): MP3
    7. Discussion (14:29): MP3

    Reading at San Diego State University, February 28, 2001

    Complete reading (1:04:30): RealAudio

    Signature (2001)

    1. A Book of Witness (34:24): MP3
    2. Khurbn (12:06): MP3
    3. 14 Stations (8:34): MP3
    4. At Tsukiji Market Tokyo (8:06): MP3
    5. Paris Elegies (8:46): MP3
    Produced by Charlie Morrow. All music and sound was composed, created and performed by Charlie Morrow. Originally published by Granary Books and Charles Morrow Associates in an edition of 100 copies on the occasion of Jerome Rothenberg's 70th Birthday Celebration at the Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, NYC, Dec 12, 2001. Poems 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001 Jerome Rothenberg. Texts originally published by New Directions. Music and Sound © 2001 Other Media (ASCAP) NY, NY. All rights reserved.

    Wednesdays at 4Plus, SUNY Buffalo, October 3, 2001

    Interview with Paul Nelson, November 2001

    1. his early introduction to the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Lorca's use of the word "duende," and poetry as a kind of language people turn to in times of death (6:59): MP3
    2. his project Lorca Variations and the concept of "othering" (7:31): MP3
    3. reading "Second New York Poem," and discussing the prophetic nature of the poem and his experience being in New York on September 11, 2001 (7:20): MP3
    4. reading and discussing "Lorca Variation IXX, In A Time Of War," and discussing his anthology Poems for the Millennium (10:12): MP3
    5. discussing the Dada movement and Robert Motherwell's anthology from the 50s and its influence on him, and reading "That Dada Strain" and "A Glass Tube Ecstasy" (12:07): MP3
    Presented with the permission of Jerome Rothenberg and Paul Nelson.

    Rothenberg & the Klezmatics, 2002

    Galician Nights, 2002 (6:26): MP3

    Appearing on Cross-Cultural Poetics #13 (hosted by Leonard Schwartz), 2003

    Complete program (27:45): MP3

    Benefit Reading for Will Alexander at the Bowery Poetry Club, November 1, 2007

    Complete reading (7:45): MP3

    In Memoriam: Jackson Mac Low, recorded with Charlie Morrow, 2008

    1. Jerome Rothenberg & Charlie Morrow — In Memoriam: Jackson Mac Low (18:17): MP3
    2. Charlie Morrow — Awakenings for Jackson Mac Low (15:52): MP3

    Kelly Writers House Fellows Program, April 28-29, 2008

    April 28th reading

    1. Al Filreis Introduction (7:57): MP3
    2. Matt Abess Introduction (4:43): MP3
    3. Jamie Lee Josselyn Introduction (1:51): MP3
    4. Three Paris Elegies (7:53): MP3
    5. The Announciation (2:42): MP3
    6. Aztec Definitions (4:10): MP3
    7. Arnhem Land (1:33): MP3
    8. Gift Event from the Kwakiutl (1:18): MP3
    9. Crazy Dog Events (1:12): MP3
    10. Poland/ 1931: The Wedding (4:28): MP3
    11. The Student's Testimony (7:04): MP3
    12. In the Dark Word Khurbn (3:50): MP3
    13. Dos Oysleydikin (The Emptying) (2:52): MP3
    14. Peroration for a Lost Town (7:01): MP3
    15. For the God of Europe (4:17): MP3
    16. The Burning Babe (1:43): MP3
    17. From The Book of Concealments, Righting an Ancient Wrong (1:55): MP3
    18. From The Book of Concealments, Larger than Life (0:55): MP3
    19. From The Book of Concealments, Let it Be Ice (0:54): MP3
    20. From The Book of Concealments, What Believers See (1:02): MP3
    21. From The Book of Concealments, The Mystery of Evil (2:02): MP3
    22. Night Poems in Memoriam Jackson Mac Low (14:48): MP3
    23. Old Man Beaver's Blessing Song (3:44): MP3
    Complete Reading (1:32:08): MP3, Streaming QuickTime Video

    April 29th discussion with Al Filreis

    1. Al Filreis introduction (4:20): MP3
    2. poetry and Treblinka (6:50): MP3
    3. Jewish identity (5:01): MP3
    4. Jewish dream (7:57): MP3
    5. "Technicians of the Sacred" (5:24): MP3
    6. Robert Duncan (7:54): MP3
    7. "The Burning Babe" and Robert Duncan (0:46): MP3
    8. on travel (3:49): MP3
    9. travel and elegy (2:42): MP3
    10. Paul Blackburn (4:25): MP3
    11. Surrealism, Dada and ethnopoetics (4:01): MP3
    12. contemporary American avant-poetics (1:48): MP3
    13. tensions within the avant-garde (4:06): MP3
    14. Secularism and poetics (4:54): MP3
    15. poetry in the classroom (2:13): MP3
    16. Paul Celan (5:52): MP3
    17. "A Letter to Paul Celan, in Memory, December 1975" (2:21): MP3
    Complete discussion (1:14:21): MP3, Streaming QuickTime Video

    PoemTalk Podcast #7, discussing Rothenberg's "A Paradise of Poets," May 28, 2008

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

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

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

    A 40th Anniversary Celebration of Technicians of the Sacred, at the Bowery Poetry Club, September 14, 2008

    1. Part one (8:40): MP3
    2. Part two (3:44): MP3
    3. Part three (7:54): MP3
    4. Part four (9:34): MP3

    Reading from Poems for the Millennium III Launch, Bowery Poetry Club, NY, March 3, 2009

    Complete reading: (3:00): MP3

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

    Jerome Rothenberg's Segments:
    Introduction with Jeffery Robinson (11:51): MP3
    First Break (3:38): MP3
    Second Break (3:02): MP3
    Closing Poem (1:23): MP3

    Complete reading (1:46:24): MP3

    PoemTalk Podcast #27, discussing Robert Duncan's "Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow," January 14, 2010

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

    Threads Talk Series Presentation, "From the Voice to the Book, from the Book to the Voice: a Dialectic," May 7, 2010

    1. Introduction by Steve Clay (1:55): MP3
    2. Talk (29:55): MP3
    3. Discussion (38:11): MP3
    Complete Recording (1:10:55): MP3

    Recorded Poem on Harry's House Vol 2 CD

    • A Further Witness (for Anselm Hollo) - Jerome Rothenberg (2:19): MP3

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