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Cross Cultural Poetics

hosted by Leonard Schwartz


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Cross Cultural Poetics is produced in the studios of KAOS-FM at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

From the 2003-04 season

Promos

Cross Cultural Poetics promo (0:59): MP3

Episode #1: Poetry and Dissent, October 21, 2003

Episode #2: Cosmopolitan, November 3, 2003

  • Argentine poet Mercedes Roffe, at home in both Buenos Aires and New York, discusses her writing.
  • Complete Program (27:57): MP3

Episode #3: Language Under Fire, November 3, 2003

Leading American poet Michael Palmer, based in San Francisco, reads from his work and discusses the dilemma of poetry in the Age of Bush

  1. Introduction (0:45): MP3
  2. Words and production of meaning (2:21): MP3
  3. Palmer reading from "Autobiography" (3:25): MP3
  4. Russian influence on "Autobiography" (3:45): MP3
  5. Schwartz reading a passage from a Palmer essay (1:43): MP3
  6. Discourse of power and meaning in language (3:54): MP3
  7. Poets' role in war (6:31): MP3
  8. Palmer's view of Poets Against War (4:01): MP3
  9. Palmer reading "Este Mundo" (2:14): MP3
  10. Palmer reading "Untitled, February 2003" (1:10): MP3
  11. Discussing "Untitled" (2:25): MP3
  12. Conclusion (0:59): MP3

Complete Program (33:18): MP3

Episode #4: How Arab Is It, November 3, 2003

  • Victor Reinking, translator of Abellatif Laabi, a leading Moroccan poet, reads from Laabi's book The World's Embrace as well as Laabi's prison notebooks, and discusses the relationship between French and Arabic in Laabi's writing.
  • Complete Program (33:19): MP3

Episode #5: Doubt, November 3, 2003

  • Leading American poet, fiction writer and essayist Fanny Howe discusses Irish culture, her new books Selected Poems and Gone (both from The University of California Press), and reads her major prose poem "Doubt."
  • Complete Program MP3 (27:56)

Episode #6: Fighting Back, November 17, 2003

  • Poet, novelist, and Evergreen faculty member Bill Ransom reads from his new manuscript War Baby, and discusses his experiences in Central America during the 1980's.
  • Complete Program (28:01): MP3
  • Show #7: If I Were Writing This, November 24, 2003

    Elder of the Tribe of Poetry and Black Mountain great Robert Creeley discusses his new book If I Were Writing This.

    1. Introduction (0:56): MP3
    2. Form as extension of content (1:34): MP3
    3. Poem in memory of Allen Ginsberg (3:09): MP3
    4. Discussing Allen Ginsberg (2:07): MP3
    5. Influence of Robert Graves; matriarchy in poetry (4:38): MP3
    6. "Conversion to Her" (2:49): MP3
    7. Presence of rhyme (1:32): MP3
    8. "John's Song" (1:55): MP3
    9. Poetry and language during the Bush administration (2:52): MP3
    10. On repetition (1:35): MP3
    11. "If I Were Writing This" (3:13): MP3
    12. Discussing "If I Were Writing This" (1:50): MP3

    Complete Recording (28:12): MP3

    Episode #8: The Inferno, November 24, 2003

    The great Canadian poet Robin Blaser discusses Dante's Inferno and the American-made Inferno in Iraq.

    1. Introduction by Leonard Schwartz (1:07): MP3
    2. Image Nation 13: Telephone (2:47): MP3
    3. Discussing Image Nation (2:33): MP3
    4. Discussing The Irreparable (4:42): MP3
    5. Blaser discussing his new poetry (2:25): MP3
    6. Blaser discussing his dual citizenship (1:49): MP3
    7. Responsibility in language (1:15): MP3
    8. As If By Chance (4:58): MP3
    9. Discussing As If By Chance (4:20): MP3
    10. Language as a source of poetry (2:41): MP3

    Complete Recording (28:38): MP3

    Episode #9: Vancouver Writing, December 1, 2003

    • Vancouver British Columbia poet Meredith Quartermain discusses the experimental poetry scene in Vancouver as well as her new book One Thousand Mornings.
    • Complete Recording (27:52) MP3

    Episode #10: American In Paris, January 7, 2004

    • Leading American poet Alice Notley, based in Paris, discusses her masterwork The Descent of Alette.
    • Complete Recording (54:42): MP3
      • Episode #11: Refusing The Wall, January 7, 2004

        • Peter Cole, from Jerusalem, discusses his own writing and his Ibis Press, publishing literary work in translation from both Arabic and Hebrew into English.
          1. introduction (0:43): MP3
          2. on moving to Jerusalem and starting Ibis Press (3:44): MP3
          3. bringing together distant and different literary works (4:09): MP3
          4. translating into English and the tradition of translation (6:53): MP3
          5. Peter Cole on his book Hymns & Qualms, linkage, and nourishment (2:41): MP3
          6. discussing the section "I Sing A Doubled Song," from Hymns & Qualms (4:38): MP3
          7. reading "I Sing A Doubled Song" (3:33): MP3
          8. on "Speech's Hedge" and using the whole range of speech's possibility (1:08): MP3

        • Complete Recording (28:49): MP3

        Episode #12: Carved Water, December 8, 2003

          Zhang Er and Bob Holman talk about their translation collaboration on Zhang Er's book of poems Carved Water. Zhang Er & Bob Holman (22:04): MP3

        Episode #13: Before Spanish, December 8, 2003

        • Poet Jerome Rothenberg reads from his new collection A Book of Witness, and discusses his work on the Mazatac shaman Maria Sabina.
        • Complete Recording (27:45): MP3

        Episode #14: Another Language, January 26, 2004

        Rosmarie Waldrop discusses her translations of the Egyptian-Jewish poet Edmond Jabes as well as her own poetry in Another Language (Talisman House).

        1. Introduction by Leonard Schwartz (1:05): MP3
        2. Discussing Edmond Jabès and Judaism (5:00): MP3
        3. Jabès and experience with persecution (1:49): MP3
        4. "At the Threshold of the Book," from The Book of Questions (3:59): MP3
        5. Schwartz reading from Section 5 of The Book of Questions, and Jabès' idea of the "book" (2:53): MP3
        6. Derrida's view of Jabès (1:14): MP3
        7. Waldrop's relationship with Jabès (2:34): MP3
        8. Discussing A Key Into the Language of America (3:38): MP3
        9. Chapter 23: On Marriage (1:54): MP3
        10. Final Chapter: On Death and Burial (2:51): MP3
        11. Waldrop discussing her current work (2:17): MP3

        Complete Recording (29:15): MP3

      Episode #15: In the Room of Never Grieve, January 26, 2004:

      • Anne Waldman discusses her latest book, a new and selected from Coffee House Press.

        1. Introduction (1:02): MP3
        2. Discussing In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems (2:37): MP3
        3. Global Positioning (3:30): MP3
        4. Government, politics, and language (3:31): MP3
        5. In Memory of His Muse, dedicated to Matthew Shepard (3:45): MP3
        6. Buddhist influence of Waldman's writing (4:56): MP3
        7. I Remember Being Arrested (4:22): MP3
        8. Discussing Allen Ginsberg (2:17): MP3
        9. "In the Room of Never Grieve" (2:12): MP3
        10. Discussing "In the Room of Never "Grieve" (3:50): MP3

        Complete Recording (32:04): MP3

      Episode #16: Nation Language and other Revolutions, February 2, 2004

      • Kamau Brathwaite talks about his new work, Caribbean poetry, and the ancient art of making it new.
      • Complete Recording (59:58) (55MB): MP3

      Episode #17: Ochre Tones, November 17, 2004

    • Filipino poet Marjorie Evasco discusses the relationships between English and Cebuano in her book Ochre Tones.
    • Complete Recording (25:08): MP3

    Episode #18: Filipino Poetics, January 18, 2004

  • Ramil Gullia and Dina Roma discuss their poetry in the general context of contemporary Filipino writing.
  • Complete Recording (31:39): MP3

Episode #19: Complexity of Words, January 18 2004

  • Malaysian poet Eddin Khoo meditates on poetry, puppetry, English, and minority Hinduism in Muslim Malaysia.
  • Complete Recording (27:12): MP3
    • Episode #20: My Mojave, February 16, 2004

    • Donald Revell talks about poetry, the paradise of being awake, and life in the desert.
    • Complete Recording (29:09): MP3

    Episode #21: The Poetry of Arab Women, February 23, 2004

    • Nathalie Handal, Palestinian-American poet and editor of the award-winning anthology The Poetry Of Arab Women, discusses this important book.
    • Complete Recording (28:33): MP3

    Episode #22: Seattle and Other Worlds, Feburary 23, 2004

    Some time Seattle poet Joseph Donahue, whom John Ashbery has called "one of the major American poets of this time," discusses his latest book, Incidental Eclipse.

    1. Introduction (0:57): MP3
    2. Discussing Incidental Eclipse (1:46): MP3
    3. Reading "Here/Beyond" (4:30): MP3
    4. Landscape of Pacific Northwest in "Here/Beyond" (3:09): MP3
    5. Reading "Aria Nowhere" (5:56): MP3
    6. Sense of color in "Aria Nowhere" (4:15): MP3
    7. Discussing and reading "Targets Mongolia," after a painting by Randy Hayes (5:48): MP3
    8. Images in "Targets Mongolia;" discussing current work (2:22): MP3

    Complete Recording (28:43) MP3

    Show #23: Forum Singapore, January 19, 2004

  • Singaporean poets Alvin Pang, Toh Hsien Min, and Yong Shu Hoong discuss the complexities of their poetry and their city. (Taped at the Word Feast Poetry Festival, Singapore)
  • The Bears: Moscow Poet Alexei Parschikov, on the phone from Germany, speaks about his new poems.
  • Complete Recording (56:23) (53MB): MP3
  • Episode #24/25: The Forest of Symbols, March 8, 2004

    • Leading avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman talks about anti-theater, language, and surprise.
    • Complete Recording (31:02): MP3
    • Paris/Morocco/LA: poet, translator, and publisher Guy Bennett talks about his poetry, his publishing venture Seeing Eye Books, and his translations of Valerie Novarina and Mostafa Nissabouri.
    • Complete Recording MP3

    Episode #26: Word in Words, March 8, 2004