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Steve McCaffery

Interviewed by Charles Bernstein on LINEbreak (1995)

  1. Part 1 (29:05): MP3
  2. Part 2 (29:00): MP3

CARNIVAL



EPC@20 Celebration, Opening Remarks, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Steve McCaffery performing "The White Pages" and other works at the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY. January 14, 2013.

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With cris cheek, performing Panel 3 of Carnival at Birkbeck, June 6, 2012

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, January 21, 2012

  • Complete reading (36:50): MP3

Performing the Premiere of Carnival, Panel 3 for The Other Room, Leeds Art Gallery, UK, June 7, 2011

in conjunction with Information as Material

also featured: Alan Halsey, Karen Mac Cormack, and Geraldine Monk

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On Cross-Cultural Poetics with Leonard Schwartz:

  • Complete Reading (17:00):MP3

On Cross-Cultural Poetics with Leonard Schwartz, Episode #184, "Pear Diving," February 22, 2009

Complete Recording (4:22): MP3

On Cross-Cultural Poetics with Leonard Schwartz, February 28, 2009:

  • Complete Reading and Discussion from Slightly Left of Thinking (28:20): MP3

Personal Repertoire
  • "Cappucino: a Suffix Structure" (2:55) : MP3
  • "This Face of Mine Enemy" (2:22) : MP3
  • Zaum' Acrostic for Marjorie Perloff (5:29) : MP3
  • On a line of Artaud's (3:08) : MP3


  • Historic Repertoire
  • "The Birds" by Aristophanes, 360 BCE (1:28) : MP3
  • "Sound-Rel" by Raoul Hausmann, 1919 (1:50) : MP3
  • "Le bonbon" by Robert Desnos, 1923 (0:48) : MP3
  • "Epithalame" by Clement Swenssen, 1947 (1:14) : MP3
  • Excerpt from "Jappements à la lune" by Claude Gauvreau, 1982 (1:30) : MP3
  • Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound Poetry, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, February 4, 2009

    • Introduction by Nancy Perloff (1:21) : MP3

    Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, November 15, 2008

    • Complete reading (34:05): MP3
    1. The Dangers of Poetry and Spam (11:52): MP3
    2. Digital Poetics (2:31): MP3
    3. Prologue (5:34): MP3
    4. Still Life with Radishes and Counter-Intelligence (2:30): MP3
    5. Little League (3:53): MP3
    6. Percival (7:34): MP3

    Chax Press book launch held at and cosponsored by The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, March 15, 2008 - on POG Sound

    • Complete Reading (27:55): MP3

    From Charles Bernstein's Portraits Series: McCaffery Up Close, January 28, 2007

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    Steve McCaffery
    It was Steve's 60th birthday and he had come to New York with Karen to celebrate.

    Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #64, "Language Falls Apart," with host Leonard Schwartz, 2005

    Complete recording (29:15): MP3 (mp4, 52 seconds, 10.1 mb)


    On "What's the Word" Program #163 - Contemporary Language Poetry

    • Complete Reading (29:11): MP3
    • Modern Language Association, 2003, produced by Sally Placksin

    Reading for Wednesdays@4+, Steel Bar, November 8, 2003

    Complete Reading (1:15:02): MP3

    Reading at Steel Bar, February 24, 2001

    Complete Reading (51:38): MP3

    Reading at the Kelly Writers House with Jed Rasula, April 4, 2000

    • Introduction by Bob Perelman (2:49): MP3
    • Introductory remarks (12:38): MP3
    1. Coleridge in Calgary (3:25): MP3
    2. Sin Having Settled (2:11): MP3
    3. Suggestion But No Insult (1:02): MP3
    4. Tam o' Shanter Revisited (0:34): MP3
    5. From "Some Versions of Pastoral" (1:41): MP3
    6. Pastoral Five (0:26): MP3
    7. Afterword (2:12): MP3
    8. The Baker Transformation (6:39): MP3
    9. What As Poetic (4:47): MP3
    • Steve McCaffery and Jed Rasula read their work (49:42): MP3
    1. On anthology production (6:19): MP3
    2. On categorization (4:24): MP3
    3. On timing (7:30): MP3
    4. On technology (6:43): MP3
    5. On procedure (6:06): MP3
    • Q & A on Imagining Language (32:03): MP3

    Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, November 6, 1997

    1. Introduction (1:48): MP3
    2. The Printer to the Reader (5:33): MP3 (from Theory of Sediment, 1991)
    3. Little Hans (3:03): MP3
    4. To Never Leave the Feeding Hand Unbitten (2:09): MP3
    5. Sin Having Settled (2:03): MP3 (from Proper Names)
    6. The Baker Transformation (5:39): MP3
    7. What As Poetic (4:58): MP3 (a gift to Charles Bernstein)
    8. Namings (14:00): MP3
    9. A Picture (4:50): MP3 (from Panopticon)
          Read with Karen Mac Cormack
    10. The Curve To Its Answer (4:01): MP3 (from Theory of Sediment)
    11. The Word (4:00): MP3 (from Panopticon)

    MLA Offsite Series Reading at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C., December 27, 1996

  • reading from TeachableTexts (6:47): MP3
  • Reading for Wednesdays @ 4 Plus SUNY-Buffalo, April 3, 1996

    • Poetics & Practice of Avant-Pop Literature (lecture and reading) (1:27:34): MP3

    Reading for Wednesdays @ 4 Plus SUNY Buffalo, November 15, 1995

    1. Introduction (2:15): MP3
    2. Broad Topics (1:49): MP3
    3. Sociologically Speaking, the Five Senses (1:40): MP3
    4. Bucolic (3:25): MP3
    5. Sound Poem (3:11): MP3
    6. The Precepts (5:34): MP3
    7. Erasure (4:16): MP3
    8. Modernite Piece (2:53): MP3
    9. Cappuccino (2:35): MP3
    10. White Pages (14:10): MP3
    11. Teachable Texts (7:26): MP3
    • Complete reading (47:52): MP3

    Reading for Wednesday @ Four Plus, SUNY Buffalo, February 20-21, 1991

    February 20 - complete reading (30:51): MP3

    1. Code of System Four (11:20): MP3
    2. Invariant (4:02): MP3
    3. Little House (3:32): MP3
    4. Foucault Acrostic (2:58): MP3
    5. At corners collating when the dislocation fades (30:51): MP3

    February 21 - complete seminar (1:24:01): MP3

    1. The Kommunist Manifesto or Wot We Wukkers Want (6:01): MP3
    2. Appropriation As My Beatrice: Insufficiencies of Theory to Poetical Economies (33:51): MP3
    3. the distinction between theory and poetics (8:28): MP3
    4. the abandonment of primary texts (8:44): MP3
    5. theory in critical vs. creative writing (6:08): MP3
    6. the distinction between primary/secondary texts and high/low art (9:33): MP3
    7. a critique of Bourdieu and contemporary theory (10:50): MP3

    Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, May 21, 1990

    1. Command Filter with Negative Entailment (4:25): MP3
    2. Poem (Ulcered Hectic in our Cake...) (1:01): MP3
    3. Codicil (2:33): MP3
    4. Geiger (3:38): MP3
    5. The Master of the Broken Urn (5:08): MP3
    6. Storax (2:40): MP3
    7. Glossarate (A Culture is a Lexicon) (4:00): MP3
    8. Poem (Finesse Quite at Large...) (3:24): MP3
    9. Poem (Nine. Seven. Six. Three. Two...) (6:33): MP3
    10. The Black Debt (11:42): MP3
    • Complete reading (45:29): MP3

    At The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, 1985-2005

  • At New Poetics Colloquium on August 25, 1985 Part 1 (44:00): MP3
  • At New Poetics Colloquium on August 25, 1985 Part 2 (30:27): MP3
  • Reading on February 11, 1988 Part 1 (25:09): MP3
  • Reading on February 11, 1988 Part 2 (30:29): MP3
  • Reading on February 11, 1988 Part 3 (19:31): MP3
  • Talk on February 12, 1988 (48:14): MP3
  • Reading on November 1, 1990 Part 1 (18:16): MP3
  • Reading on November 1, 1990 Part 2 (17:24): MP3
  • Reading on November 1, 1990 Part 3 (19:50): MP3
  • Reading on November 1, 1990 Part 4 (12:37): MP3
  • Reading on May 31, 1995 (23:18): MP3
  • Talk on May 12, 2005 Part 1 (48:53): MP3
  • Talk on May 12, 2005 Part 2 (52:22): MP3
  • Reading on May 13, 2005 Part 1 (13:51): MP3
  • Reading on May 13, 2005 Part 2 (16:22): MP3
  • Reading on May 13, 2005 Part 3 (14:35): MP3
  • Reading on May 13, 2005 Part 4 (14:12): MP3
  • Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, January 11, 1985

    1. Possession (9:32): MP3
    2. The Prose Edda (3:16): MP3
    3. Mozart in Tibet (6:50): MP3
    4. The Black Debt (6:56): MP3
    5. White Pages (11:18): MP3
    • Complete reading (37:52): MP3

    St. Mark's Talks, New York City, January 10, 1985

    Reading at the Village Gate, NY, June 18, 1984.

    Featuring Charles Bernstein, Steve McCaffery, and Erica Hunt.
    0:00 3 FIFTHS EQUALS (from Legend, read with Steve McCaffery)
    15:18 Introduction to Entitlement
    16:49 Entitlement (Charles Bernstein as John Milton, Diane War as Jenny Lind, Erica Hunt as Liubov Popova)
    Complete recording (24:35): MP3

    Underwhich Audiographic Series (Toronto), 1980

    • Wot We Wukkers Want / One Step To The Next (23:11): MP3

    Segue Series Reading with Dick Higgins at the Ear Inn, February 7, 1979

    1. "Four Statements for Charles Bernstein" (1:45): MP3
    2. "Sonnet" (0:40): MP3
    3. Poem beginning "You can say anything you want to..." (0:46): MP3
    4. "Reproduction of the Image of an Adult Walking" (1:03): MP3
    5. "The" (1:46): MP3
    6. Engineering Koans (various) (6:14): MP3
    7. "The Parables" (3:43): MP3
    8. Short Pieces beginning with "Deep Vinegar" (various) (4:08): MP3
    9. with Paul Dutton and Rafael Barreto-Rivera (also members of The Four Horsemen)
    10. "Mushy Pea: Six London Texts" (6:03): MP3
    11. "The Precepts" (3:35): MP3
    12. "This piece starts about 4 Inches down from the top and about 3 and half inches in..." (2:20): MP3
    13. A Selection of untitled 'Transforms' (6:01): MP3

    14. Complete Reading (37:39): MP3
      See also, the Six Fillious Reading, featuring McCaffery, which took place immediately prior to his reading.

    Performances from E. no 3, late 1970s

    1. Vortex Blason (1:03): MP3
    2. Cappuccino: A Suffix Story for Henri Poincaré (2:31): MP3

      Reading, Date Unknown, Location Unknown

    • Complete Recording, (41:28)MP3
    • Recording courtesy of Michael Davison

    "The surface starts about two and half inches down", Date Unknown

    Complete Recording (2:55):MP3

    Seven texts based on Californa towns, Date Unknown

    Complete Recording (3:43):MP3

    McCaffery singles

    1. Coleridge in Calgary (3:25): MP3
    2. Some Versions of Pastoral (4:21): MP3
    3. Sin Having Settled (2:03): MP3
    4. Suggestion But No Insult (1:22): MP3
    5. The Baker Transformation (6:40): MP3
    6. What As Poetic (4:48): MP3
    7. The Kommunist Manifesto or Wot We Wukkers Want (5:54): MP3 TEXT

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