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Tracie Morris

Appearing on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, May 22, 2005

Readings and Conversations at WPS1, Clocktower Studio, New York

Program One: Reading/Performance

  1. Discussion of first two poems (0:32): MP3
  2. Premie: Baby Girl Morris 2 lbs. 0 oz. (1:08): MP3
  3. Heroine (0:59)MP3
  4. Discussion of next two poems (0:19): MP3
  5. There's Traces (1:20): MP3
  6. Physical Plane (1:09): MP3
  7. Discussion of Vertical (0:32): MP3
  8. Vertical (0:50): MP3
  9. Discussion of Sound Poetry (1:07): MP3
  10. My Great Grand Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter (2:01): MP3
  11. Discussion of Petro (0:43): MP3
  12. Petro (1:34): MP3
  13. Discussion of narrative poetry (0:58): MP3
  14. "What the sister brother ..." (1:12): MP3
  15. Discussion of previous poem and Seeing an Ex-Lover in a Public Place (2:10): MP3
  16. Seeing an Ex-Lover in a Public Place (0:37): MP3
  17. Discussion of poems written for experimental theater (1:25): MP3
  18. Afro-Futurism (1:50): MP3
  19. Discussion of Afro-Futurism and Mother Earth (0:49): MP3
  20. Mother Earth (0:44): MP3
  21. Discussion of Project Princess (0:38): MP3
  22. Project Princess (1:25): MP3

Complete program (25:39): MP3

Program Two: Conversation

  1. Introduction (1:06): MP3
  2. On where the poem exists (1:58): MP3
  3. On composing sound poems (5:17): MP3
  4. On living performatively (4:30): MP3
  5. On the connection between artistic and political acting (2:05): MP3
  6. On the effectiveness of art in transforming society (3:01): MP3
  7. On being from Brooklyn (2:28): MP3
  8. On performing in slam (3:04): MP3
  9. On influences, immediate company, and historical materials (4:38): MP3

Complete conversation (28:10): MP3

Studio engineer: Darrell McNeill

PoemTalk Podcast #118, Discussing M. NourbeSe Philip's "Zong!", feat. Alexandria Johnson, Tracie Morris, and Amber Rose Johnson

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

PoemTalk #108, Discussing Tracie Morris' "Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful," feat. Camara Brown, Edwin Torres, and Brooke O'Harra

For complete recording and program notes go to Jacket2.

PoemTalk Episode #100, Discussing Significant PoemTalk Episodes

Featuring Herman Beavers, Maria Damon, William J. Harris, erica kaufman, Tracie Morris, Steve McLaughlin, Charles Bernstein.

Complete episode (1:30:18): PoemTalk 100: Celebration and Retrospective

PoemTalk Podcast #75, Discussing Will Alexander's "Compound Hibernation"

For complete recording and program notes go to Jacket2.

PoemTalk Podcast #39, Discussing Etheridge Knight's "The Sun Came" and Gwendolyn Brooks' "Truth"

For complete recording and program notes go to Jacket2.

PoemTalk Podcast #6, Discussing a Jaap Blonk sound poem

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Recording in Wexler Studio, Kelly Writers House, 2017

Re-Sonate/Ursonate (41:14): MP3

Morris's "Re-Sonate," her improvised collaboration or "handholding" with Ernst Schwitters's recording of Kurt Schwitters's "Ursonate" is part of handholding: 5 Kinds (Kore Press, 2016) and was recorded at the Wexler Studio at Kelly Writers House. In this two-track recording, Schwitters's recording is aligned with Morris's.

Recording engineer: Zach Carduner

Vocarium Reading Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 2, 2017

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Also featuring Douglas Kearney.

Reading with Paolo Javier at the Lévy Gorvy Gallery for the launch of Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology, April 20, 2017

Complete recording (49:16): MP3

Reading in celebration of William J. Harris's 75th birthday, Brooklyn, March 11, 2017

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Segmented video from this recording is available at The text of Morris's "Enclosed," an engagement with Gertrude Stein, has been published in handholding: 5 kinds (2016). The excerpt Morris read in honor of William J. Harris is available here: PDF.

WHAT I SAY Anthology Reading for the 2016 National Black Writers Conference at AWP, Brooklyn, NY, March 31, 2016

Reading by Tracie Morris (11:03): MP3

Complete reading (1:54:16): MP3

Recording for Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry, October 13, 2015

Full recording available here.

Segue Series Reading at the Zinc Bar, October 4, 2014

  1. Intro by Charles Bernstein (3:10): MP3
  2. New poems (20:55): MP3
  3. Re-Sonate (after Kurt Schwitters) (excerpt) (4:38): MP3
  4. Improvisations (3:45): MP3
  5. Coda to "My Great Grand Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter" ("It all started ...") (5:51): MP3
  • Complete recording (37:52): MP3

What Oozed Through the Staircase: A Winter Afternoon of Surrealist Writing and Music, Philadelphia Museum of Art, January 26, 2014

(with Kenneth Goldsmith and Marina Rosenfeld)
  1. Leopold Senghor's "Speech and Image": An African Traditional of the Surreal (5:23): MP3
  2. Quotes from Josephine Baker and excerpts from Kurt Schwitters's "Ursonate" (5:37): MP3
  3. Amiri Baraka, Excerpt of Scene II from Dutchman (with Kenneth Goldsmith) (3:31): MP3
  4. Bob Kaufman, "O-Jazz-O," "A Terror is More Certain..." and "On" (with Marina Rosenfeld) (10:11): MP3
  5. Surrealist Game (with Kenneth Goldsmith) (2:14): YouTube

Complete program (57:57): MP3

Reading at Oh! Sandy: A Remembrance, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, November 10, 2013, hosted by Phong Bui

  • Complete reading (4:05): MP3

On stillness, movement and power at the Kelly Writers House, November 14, 2013 (as part of ModPo live webcast) (1:32)

Reading at Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, November 14, 2013

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  1. Introduction by Al Filreis (10:38): MP3
  2. Introduction (4:55): MP3
  3. Blackout 1977 (3:24): MP3
  4. Crazy Talk (1:00): MP3
  5. Somniac (0:57): MP3
  6. Apology to Pangea (1:40): MP3
  7. Excerpted by Walt D (0:19): MP3
  8. Untitled (1:23): MP3
  9. Sean Bell (1:03): MP3
  10. Myomectomy Psycho Takes a Bow (3:21): MP3
  11. Breasts in the Bra (1:25): MP3
  12. Shangol's Wife (0:56): MP3
  13. Sethe on the Raft (1:21): MP3
  14. In My Baby Bikini (3:05): MP3
  15. A Dream Within a Dream (by Edgar Allan Poe) (2:33): MP3
  16. Katrina Blues (2:11): MP3
  17. Mahalia Theremin (3:23): MP3
  18. The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked (7:03): MP3
  19. Q & A (8:48): MP3
  • Complete recording (60:24): MP3

MLA Offsite Series Reading in Philadelphia, December 26, 2006

My Great Grandaunt (2:06): MP3

From the Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader Launch Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, September 19, 2009

  • Complete reading (5:15): MP3

Reading at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, March 28, 2009 - POG Sound

Complete reading (33:44): MP3

Reading for the 3rd Annual Caroline Rothstein Oral Poetry Program at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 2008

  1. Introduction (3:07): MP3
  2. Heroine (2:09): MP3
  3. Hard Kore (1:55): MP3
  4. The Mrs. Gets Her Ass Kicked (6:01): MP3
  5. Africa(n) (6:17): MP3
  6. My Great Grand Aunt Speaks to a Bush Supporter (2:26): MP3
  7. Coda (1:18): MP3
  8. Money (10:04): MP3
  9. Getaway 1928 (4:25): MP3
  10. Pretty Feet (6:25): MP3
  11. Petro (4:28): MP3
  12. A Dream Within A Dream (by Edgar Allan Poe) (4:13): MP3

Complete reading (53:06): MP3

Appearing on Ceptuetics Radio, September 17, 2008

  1. Get It, Got It (a collaboration with Elliott Sharp) (2:52): MP3
  2. from "Gallery" (1:15): MP3
  3. from "Truth Be Told" (1:48): MP3

Complete recording (28:05): MP3

Tracie Morris reading Conceptual Poetry & Its Others at the Poetry Center
University of Arizona, May 29 - 31, 2008

For a segmented video of Morris's solo performance, click here.

"Truth Be Told," collaboration performed with Charles Bernstein (11:24): MP3text (from Brooklyn Rail)

People's Poetry Gathering 2006