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Photo © Layle Silbert (1972)

LINEbreak interview with Charles Bernstein (1996)

PennSound Podcast #1 Featuring Jerome Rothenberg (15:41): MP3

PennSound Podcast #52 Featuring Jerome Rothenberg and Ariel Resnikoff (1:06:55): MP3



Interviewed by Jake Marmer, with David Antin, December 23, 2015, San Diego

  • Full recording (1:35:55): MP3
  • Reading and Launch of Barbaric Vast & Wild: Poems for the Millennium Vol. 5, The Poetry Project, October 14, 2015

    • Introduction (21:15): MP3
    • Conclusion (05:16): MP3

    Fantasy Reading Series No.12 with Ariel Resnikoff, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City, October 4, 2015

    Hosted by Liz Peters and Ariel Yelen

    Full Reading (1:36:09): MP3

    1. Fantasy Reading Series Opening Remarks (2:08): MP3
    2. Jerome Rothenberg Opening Remarks (3:36): MP3
    3. Introduction of Ariel Resnikoff (1:35): MP3
    4. Teachings of the Magic Kohl Rabi: I (1:32): MP3
    5. Author's Note (2:19): MP3
    6. 5 Prepositions (1:06): MP3
    7. From the Street Woman's Voice (Hebrew, Avoth Yeshurun) (2:02): MP3
    8. From the Street Woman's Voice (English Translation) (0:47): MP3
    9. Teachings of the Magic Kohl Rabi: II (0:35): MP3
    10. Ohio is not a Theoretical (For Bob Perelman) (1:43): MP3
    11. Interlude (0:35): MP3
    12. First Knowledge (Hebrew, Harold Schimmel) (1:32): MP3
    13. First Knowledge (English Translation) (0:35): MP3
    14. Waiting to be Anywhere (4:11): MP3
    15. Teachings of the Magic Kohl Rabi: III (0:27): MP3
    16. Golden Circle (Yiddish, Avrom Sutskever) (0:47): MP3
    17. Golden Circle (English Translation) (0:21): MP3
    18. Introduction to Mikhl Likht (with Stephen Ross) (1:14): MP3
    19. From Procession: I (Yiddish, Mikhl Likht) (2:47): MP3
    20. From Procession: I (English Translation, Resnikoff & Ross) (1:17): MP3
    21. From Procession: II (English Translation, Resnikoff & Ross) (5:04): MP3
    22. From YINGLOSSIA (4:20): MP3
    23. Teachings of the Magic Kohl Rabi: IV (0:54): MP3
    24. Not From Memory (0:51): MP3
    25. Introduction of Jerome Rothenberg (2:00): MP3
    26. Rothenberg Commentary on Yiddish Poetry (2:24): MP3
    27. a letter to Paul Celan in memory (2:07): MP3
    28. The Wedding (3:31): MP3
    29. The Wedding (Yiddish Translation, Amos Schauss) (3:04): MP3
    30. The King of the Jews (1:06): MP3
    31. The King of the Jews (Yiddish Translation) (1:18): MP3
    32. Murder Incorporated Sutra (for Robert Kelly) (5:45): MP3
    33. The Likht Variations, With Snakes & Stones (7:02): MP3
    34. At the Hotel Monopol (3:30): MP3
    35. From Procession: V (Rothenberg & Resnikoff together) (2:22): MP3
    36. Q&A and Closing Remarks (18:34): MP3

    Poetry Reading at the Kelly Writers House, September 10, 2015

    • complete reading (1:09:01): 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 2013: 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

      Reading Poland/1931 at the University of Warwick, 1970s (Date Unknown)

      Courtesy of University of Warwick.

      Complete Recording (36:06): MP3

      Reading Navajo Songs at the University of Warwick, November 4, 1971

      Courtesy of University of Warwick.

      Complete Recording (22:18): 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

      Threads Talk Series The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books, New York City, September 16, 2015

      Jerome Rothenberg Presentation (10:48): 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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