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Hannah Weiner

LINEbreak interview with Charles Bernstein

full transcript of this 1995 interview (pdf)
Full program (29:44): mp3
  1. introduction (0:19): MP3
  2. on how she began writing poetry and creating performance work (4:45): MP3
  3. on the Clairvoyant Journal (1:28): MP3
  4. reading from the Clairvoyant Journal ["4/29 la for the book"] (3:16): MP3
  5. on embarrassment, the diaristic tradition, and literary experiment (2:33): MP3
  6. on writing prose poetry (0:46): MP3
  7. on judging a good poem from a bad poem (0:58): MP3
  8. reading from "paw" (7:13): MP3
  9. on seeing words (0:53): MP3
  10. on the performative aspect of "paw," paw actually existing in HW's forehead, and the word as healing (4:21): MP3
  11. on her studies at Radcliffe (1:34): MP3

The Radio Reading Project (interviewed by Ernesto Grosman) (60 minutes, 1998)


Hannah Weiner: A Film by Phill Niblock (1974)



  1. Page One, Apple Pie (1:27): MP3
  2. Reach Somebody (0:30): MP3
  3. Save Your Breath (2:41): MP3
  4. Go to Avenue A (1:11): MP3
  5. Go to Countdown (2:42): MP3
  6. What Happened? (0:25): MP3
  7. Get Tired (1:18): MP3
  • Complete Recording (10:29): MP3

3 Poems from Tape Poems, ed. Eduardo Costa and John Perreault, 1969

Courtesy of Patrick Durgin, whose research on Hannah Weiner led PennSound and Jacket2 to these recordings.

  • Poem 2: The Problem (0:29): MP3
  • Poem 3: Helium and Krypton (1:06): MP3
  • Poem 4, Part 1: The Sound of an Object in One-Dimensional Motion Along a Line from A to B (0:41): MP3
  • Poem 4, Part 2: The Sound of an Object in One-Dimensional Motion Along a Line from B to C (0:42): MP3
  • Poem 4, Part 3: The Sound of an Object in One-Dimensional Motion Along a Line from C to D (0:39): MP3
  • Poem 4, Part 5: Speed Racer (1:00): MP3

Appearing on Public Access Poetry, December 29, 1977

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Reading with Mel Freilicher, December 1978

  1. Virgin from Little Book (11:22): MP3
  2. Darrel's Book (3:12): MP3
  3. ChicThree (1:42): MP3
  4. Jimmy's Book (3:49): MP3
  5. Russell's Book (4:06): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, Spring 1980

Complete reading with Charles Bernstein and James Sherry (20:06): MP3

"May" from the Clairvoyant Journal

Performed by Rochelle Kraut, Sharon Mattlin, and Hannah Weiner. Recorded by Charlie Morrow live at St. Mark's Poetry Project circa 1978. Used by permission of Charles Morrow Associates Inc & Charles Bernstein for Hannah Weiner in trust.

"May" excerpt in MP3 format (from Kenning #12 - WAY)

"May" - full version (19:55): MP3

Clairvoyant Journal

Performed by Regina Beck, Sharon Mattlin, Peggy De Coursey, and Hannah Weiner. Originally issued as an audiocassette by New Wilderness Audiographics, 1978. Used by permission of Charles Morrow Associates Inc & Charles Bernstein for Hannah Weiner in trust.