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Appearing on Public Access Poetry with Yuki Hartman, October 20, 1977

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Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, November 18, 1978

  1. About (2:49): MP3
  2. Do You Know What (2:20): MP3
  3. Aubade (0:42): MP3
  4. Transparencies (3:32): MP3
  5. untitled (2:33): MP3
  6. The Sentences Got Out of Their Box (7:26): MP3
  7. Scripture (1:31): MP3
Complete Recording (23:41) MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, Spring 1980

Complete reading with Hannah Weiner and Charles Bernstein (20:06): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, November 10, 1984

  1. Introduction (0:52): MP3
  2. Our Nuclear Heritage (0:52): MP3
  3. How History Is Read (1:13): MP3
  4. Don't Give Up the Ship Is the Ship (4:47): MP3
  5. Go Ahead, Press It (1:58): MP3
  6. Pleonexia (3:26): MP3
  7. Osteoid Osteoma (3:20): MP3
  8. Analytic and Synthetic Apparatus (3:01): MP3
  9. Art and Science and Politics (6:08): MP3
  10. A Short Poem (1:20): MP3
  11. On the Skin of Burnt Children (0:20): MP3
  12. The Marginal Arts (0:25): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, December 13, 1986

Complete reading (29:38): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, February 6, 1988

Complete reading (35:14): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, February 17, 1988

Complete Recording (35:03): MP3

Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, November 16, 1991

Complete Reading (26:25): MP3

A Reading at Reed College, 1991

Complete reading (25:38): MP3

Wednesdays @ 4 Plus Series, SUNY-Buffalo, February 19, 1992

  1. Opening Poem (2:40): MP3
  2. A Drawing on Strauss (2:52): MP3
  3. When She Comes (1:08): MP3
  4. From In Case (1:43): MP3
  5. More From In Case (0:53): MP3
  6. A Comment on Michael Lally (2:49): MP3
  7. Epistle Apology (4:31): MP3
  8. The Edge of Possession (2:15): MP3
  9. Plain and Fencing Rhetoric (2:58): MP3
  10. Free Radicals (3:59): MP3
  11. Accidentals (3:40): MP3
  12. Live Action Language (6:01): MP3
  13. Empire of Rats I (3:08): MP3
  14. Empire of Rats II (5:49): MP3
Complete reading (37:37): MP3

Reading for the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poets Series at the Ceres Gallery, New York, October 28, 1998

  1. Introduction (5:39): MP3
  2. Old and New Ben (3:22): MP3
  3. Wet Behind (the Ears) (2:52): MP3
  4. Self Hatred or the PC Section (6:24): MP3
  5. How a Poem is Composed (5:00): MP3
  6. Free Readicals (4:37): MP3
  7. excerpt from Nuke Man (3:06): MP3
  • Complete recording (31:00): MP3

Post-Invasion Poetics Reading: October 17-18, 2003

The Environmental View of Humanity in Nature, The Structural View of the Human Environment at the Kelly Writers House (3:33): MP3
Reading at the Institute for Contemporary Art (5:29): MP3

From Charles Bernstein's Portraits Series: James at home, November 12, 2006

James Sherry
James moved to his loft on the Bowery (at Houston) about 30 years ago. At the time, it was still skid row. Roof books and Segue Distributing were run out  of the space and from time to time we had readings there too. And our first local talk series, "New York Talks," which I curated in 1984.
(mp4, 31 seconds, 5.1 mb)

Segue Reading at Bowery Poetry Club, March 29, 2009

Environmental Poetics
As the environmental model of the planet begins to take hold in the culture, a new set of social classes emerges based on the individual’s view of nature. (Source: Michael Thompson)

Social Being

View of Nature

The Ineffectual

Lottery Controlled Cornucopia

The Hierarchist

Isomorphic Nature

The Hermit

Freely Available Cornucopia

The Entrepreneur

Skill-Controlled Cornucopia

The Sectist

Accountable Nature

1. Beautiful Poems for My Friends
2. Against Symbolism Alone
3. Four Parallel Poems: Environmental Parallel Poem, EPP2, Parallel Anthem, Nature Red in Parallel or the Politics of Fear
4.. Scenes from Fallen Arches: A Mystery Play in Eden
5. Mote Removal: Clean Speak

recording of reading (incomplete) (14:17): MP3

James Sherry on PennSound Daily

James Sherry reading on October 23, 2017

  • Complete video:
  • Recording of Reading (40:07): MP3

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