You can hear the poet Robert Grenier give a reading at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project on 8 April 1981 via PENNsound (listen to mp3, 52’30”). Grenier reads from and comments on Sentences (02’00-30’00), does his 1980 Tuumba chapbook Oakland in its entirety (30’00-43’50), and closes with an unidentified sequence that includes the poems “Pelicans” and “Contempt” (44’00-52’30).
The new issue of the Beltway Poetry Quarterly features an interview with Rod Smith (NWS F’00). Smith, who runs the literary journal Aerial and publishes Edge Books, is currently working with Kaplan Harris and Peter Baker on a volume Robert Creeley’s correspondence. • “GUTSTEIN: At this very minute, which two words constitute your favorite rhyme? SMITH: gazillion vermillion or Pâwsuck Kerouac.” • For more about Smith, check out his blog, Ghostbrain.
The Downcity Poetry Series at Tazza Café in Providence will host a reading by John Ashbery this Wednesday. The Providence Journal story on the event features quotes from series co-organizer Michael Gizzi (NWS S’00) and calls attention to the role Robert Creeley played in getting the innovative program started.
Robert Grenier will return to the New Writing Series this Thursday, 5 October (he was last here in the fall of 2000). In advance of his visit, you might want to spend some time with Karl Young’s excellent essay/exhibit of Grenier’s recent scrawl works, “Robert Grenier’s Illuminated Poems.” The presentation includes ten pages from r h y m m s, a work in memory of Larry Eigner, and the sequences Greeting and Pond One, all intelligently introduced by Young.
Poets Matvei Yankelevich and Anna Moschovakis kicked off the fall 2006 season of the UMaine New Writing Series on Thursday afternoon, 28 September, before an audience of forty-five people in the Soderberg Center Auditorium. Yankelevich opened his 35-minute set with several short poems (“I’m not sure I like writing…,” “Mr. Artaud says…,” “I didn’t get paid because I didn’t work hard enough…,” “Next summer…”), then read four translations from Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms‘s The Blue Notebook. The remainder of his set was devoted to the first public performance of his chapbook The Present Work (Los Angeles: Palm, 2006) in its entirety. Moschovakis began her 30-minute set with excerpts from her new Turtle Point book, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, including the opening untitled poem, the sequence “Preparations,” and portions of the long poem “The Blue Book.” Her set also included the sequence “Critical Writing” and the first public performance of a new long poem, “My Life in Violence, or Death as a Way of Life” (title approximate). A lively question and answer period followed the reading. Topics include: poetry & philosophy, the Ugly Duckling Presse collective, “intersections” in poetic practice, Moschovakis’s “The Blue Book,” violence, humor, and book-making. Archival record: digital video tape (duplicates available shortly), mp3 audiofile. An audiofile of Yankelevich reading his translation of a Kharms poem can be heard here.
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