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Rodrigo Toscano

PoemTalk Podcast #95 Discussing Rob Fitterman's Poem "Sprawl"

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

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PoemTalk Podcast #17, discussing Toscano's "Poetics," May 12, 2009

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Poetry Reading at the Kelly Writers House, October 5, 2015

  1. Introduction (8:07): MP3
  2. [What is explosion to a slab of drywall?] (2:42): MP3
  3. [At the beginning of every day, what is to be spared?] (1:11): MP3
  4. [I remember the plume right after…] (1:15): MP3
  5. [What is leveling to a bit of stability?] (0:54): MP3
  6. [Four million pieces of frabba-jabba…] (1:01): MP3
  7. [I don't remember the very moment…] (1:20): MP3
  8. [Four million pieces of frabba-jabba, dry, at high noon…] (0:56): MP3
  9. [Beat it here, the gas, watch…] (0:56): MP3
  10. [Unbutton here, this strap…] (0:58): MP3
  11. [Spread out the ice like this…] (0:58): MP3
  12. [Spartacus Sprinklers, top rail…] (1:32): MP3
  13. [Face the bar…] (0:23): MP3
  14. [Spartacus Sprinklers, top rail, serial number 21848…] (2:00): MP3
  15. [Thank you, I wear it strong…] (1:16): MP3
  16. [This barter by tattoo…] (1:09): MP3
  17. [Lips among living, that's the title of it…] (1:00): MP3
  18. [For to lay deep…] (1:10): MP3
  19. [What is blood to constrictive tissue?] (0:53): MP3
  20. [Porcelain shards tenderly gash plastic bags…] (0:46): MP3
  21. [Echoey Springfield Massachusetts…] (0:30): MP3
  22. [What is fantasticality to a neuron of grey matter?] (1:04): MP3
  23. [Echoey gluteus medius…] (0:43): MP3
  24. [The Jupiterian midday lead diffusion…] (1:21): MP3
  25. [Drywall, on its back, flat…] (1:00): MP3
  26. [What is compulsion to a sliver of free will?] (1:09): MP3
  27. [Porcelain chips…] (1:03): MP3
  28. [The liberty box checked…] (0:43): MP3
  29. [Compañeros…] (0:27): MP3
  30. [Companears, obvious, the peril present…] (0:27): MP3
  31. [The opportunity button calibration was up to date…] (0:54): MP3
  32. [The love implosion in New Orleans on Sunday morning…] (1:13): MP3
  33. [Fracked, your sense of choice…] (0:50): MP3
  34. [That's next to a house of worship…] (0:56): MP3
  35. [This brand of cupcake mix…] (1:43): MP3

Complete Reading (45:18) MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Zinc Bar, December 1, 2012

  1. Introduction (4:51): MP3
  2. ¡ONLY TWO TYPES OF POETRY! (3:44): MP3
  3. May Be! (3:40): MP3
  4. Los Exploradores (1:33): MP3
  5. Los Salvados (1:13): MP3
  6. El Profe (0:57): MP3
  7. El Comerciante (1:27): MP3
  8. La Palabrita (0:59): MP3
  9. La Galerista (2:20): MP3
  10. La Escultura (1:27): MP3
  11. El Dedicado (2:19): MP3
  12. El Grupito (0:38): MP3
  13. Los Bardos (1:37): MP3
  14. Las Globalistas (4:31): MP3
  15. La Observadora (1:43): MP3

Complete Reading (34:37) MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #252: "Autoimmunity," 2012

Toscano reads from and discusses his new book, Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press) (32:19): MP3

Recording of "May Be!" [for Hot Metal Bridge] [text] (3:09): 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 (6:52): MP3

from textsound Issue #8, February 2010

  • Rodrigro Toscano all-vocal technofunk Part 1 (4:02): MP3
  • Rodrigro Toscano all-vocal technofunk Part 2 (1:21): MP3

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

Complete Reading (4:14): MP3

from textsound Issue #6, December 2009

  • 12 Riddles Of Spirit, Crook in Hand (6:08): MP3
  • subject line subscribe (society) (4:37): MP3
  • In Formational Forum Rousers (3:47): MP3

Appearing at Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism, sponsored by the Belladonna* Reading Series, New York, September 25, 2009

Complete recording with Julie Patton and Carla Harryman (21:27): MP3

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Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, March 29, 2008

Introduction (6:25): MP3
Complete performance [from Collapsible Poetics Theater] (35:24): MP3

From POG-Sound: Reading at The Drawing Studio, Tuscon, AZ, February 16, 2008

Complete reading (33:38): MP3

Reading and Interview on Ceptuetics Radio, December 12, 2007

Hosted by Kareem Estefan.

Complete recording (4:23): MP3

Reading at the O Books War & Peace Vol. 3 Launch, NYC, November 27, 2007

Complete reading (8:23): MP3

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

Complete reading (6:24): MP3

At The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, 2007

Reading on January 31, 2007 (42:46): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, March 25, 2006

  1. Introduction (by Charles Borkhuis) (2:34): MP3
  2. Parts 1-3 of Truax Inimical (a transmodern masque of four voices). Readers: Aaron Kiely (prologue), Trace Peterson, Laura Elrick, Rodrigo Toscano, Anna Moschovakis. (22:34): MP3
  3. Eco-Strato-Static (a radio play in one act). Readers: Aaron Kiely (prologue), Brenden Lorber, Rodrigo Toscano, Aaron Kiely. (12:05): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #68: North American Transit, 2005

Complete recording (29:09): MP3

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York City, December 8, 2004

  1. Introduction by Anselm Berrigan (1:33): MP3
  2. Vibes (first published in Boog City) (2:45): MP3
  3. True Identity (1:25): MP3
  4. New Origins (1:07): MP3
  5. Variety (2:15): MP3
  6. Practical Men & Women of Ages Past (1:10): MP3
  7. Il Penseroso (for Rod Smith) (0:47): MP3 (first published in Bombay Gin)
  8. Four Reflections on Content & Form (3:20): MP3 (first published in What If?, also appeared in Bombay Gin)
  9. Exaltado (original Spanish version) (1:42): MP3 (first published by Nerter 2, Spain)
  10. Jumpy (English translation of Exaltado) (1:16): MP3
  11. Balm to Bilk (7:50): MP3 A radio dialogue on poetics, with Laura Elrick
    (published first as a pamphlet by WinteRed Press, also appeared in Plantarchy, and 88 A Journal of Contemporary Poetry)
  12. State & Sensibility (3:36): MP3 (first published by The Poker, also appeared in Not Enough Night)
  13. Twelve Riddles of Spirit, Crook in Hand (5:13): MP3 (first published by Nth Position, also appeared in Boundary)
  14. Memories of Somewhere, to Somewhere Else (8:15): MP3 A radio dialogue on poetics, with Urayoan Noel & Laura Elrick (first published by Filling Station, Canada, also appears in Mark(s))

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #60: Doing Things With Words, Doing Words With Things, 2004

  1. Introduction (1:00): MP3
  2. "Twelve Riddles in Spirit, Crook in Hand" (6:44): MP3
  3. Types of vocabulary in "Twelve Riddles" (2:58): MP3
  4. "Memories of Somewhere to Somewhere Else" (8:56): MP3
  5. Relationship between Spanish and English in Toscano's work (4:01): MP3
  6. Poetry as liberation from control (0:57): MP3
  7. "Subject Line, Subscribe, Society," from To Leveling Swerve (5:07): MP3
Complete recording (29:43): MP3

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #38: Permutations, 2004

Complete recording (1:00:06): MP3

Reading as part of The Line Reading Series, November 25, 2003

Complete reading (35:07): MP3

Poetry and Empire: Post-Invasion Poetics, presented at the ICA, University of Pennsylvania, October 17-18, 2003

Writing (6:12): MP3
October 18 reading (6:15): MP3

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York City, April 15th, 2002

Introduction by Joanna Fuhrman

In-Formational Forum Rousers—Arcing (Satire No. 4)” (from Platform, Atelos Press, 2003: sections from the poem first published in Cross Cultural Poetics, The Literary Review (“Global Issue”), Aufgabe, Conundrum)

Complete reading (37:25): MP3, RealAudio

Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, November 14, 2001

  1. Introduction by Charles Bernstein (3:05): MP3
  2. Premise #2 (4:52): MP3 (from The Disparities, Green Integer, 2000; first published in Object / Torque)
  3. Sections from Partisans (10:11): MP3 (from Partisans, O Books, 1999; poems first published in West Coast Line, Tripwire, Zyzzyva, New American Writing, Re*Map)
  4. Prologue to a City Poem (3:36): MP3 (from The Disparities; first published in Chain #2, The East Village (Web), Exploded Views, Audio CD (Incommunicado))
  5. Jesse Ventura on Mexico Trade Trip (0:59): MP3 (uncollected; published in Vert (Web))
  6. Blue-Green Superfund Roundelay (1:45): MP3 (from Platform, Atelos Press, 2003); first published in DC Poetry Anthology (Web))
  7. Jukebox Selection, a Brick and Mortar Remembrance (2:04): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Cross Cultural Poetics)
  8. An abridgement of a poem titled "Premise #1" (1:10): MP3 (uncollected; published in Bird Dog)
  9. An abridgement of an abridgement of a poem titled "Premise #1" (0:37): MP3 (uncollected; published in Bird Dog)
  10. A third abridgement (0:20): MP3 (uncollected; published in Bird Dog)
  11. 14 Superimposed Pockets of Formerly Unified Subjectivity as Mass Aggregate Social Subject Or, Politesse Politique Or, Monologue of the Free Radical (2:13): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Kenning)
  12. Pre-Capitalist Duende Outbounds Archie-Dependant Kontent? (1:48): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Kenning Audio Editions (Audio CD))
  13. Poetics (1:34): MP3 (from Platform; first published in 580 Split)
  14. Ideo-Degradable Verses from Immokolee (3:29): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Cross Cultural Poetics)
  15. Hidden Harvest (3:23): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Cello Entry)
  16. Early Morning Prompts for Evening Takes Or, Roll 'em! (3:42) (from Platform; first published in Poetics Journal)
  17. Portrait Seven (2:38): MP3 (from The Disparities; first published in Exhaust)
  18. The Codes of US Trade Reps (As a Worm Weaves Silk) (4:55): MP3 (from Platform; first published in Bombay Gin)

"Poetics" is also featured on PoemTalk Episode 17.

Reading for the Segue Series at Double Happiness, March 10, 2001

  • Complete recording (39:36): MP3

Philly Talks, Episode #6, September 17, 1998

Early Morning Prompts for Evening Takes or Roll 'Em (3:17): MP3

LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 10, September 14, 1998

Premise Number One (2:59): MP3

Reading for the Segue Series at the Ear Inn, New York, March 29, 1997

  • Complete recording (26:07): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, March 30, 1990

  • Complete recording (12:24): MP3

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