Poetry Show #8 Podcast, April, 2017.

Vancouver, 1963.

Poetry Show #8, April, 2017.

This show is in celebration of National Poetry Month.

These Poetry Show Podcasts also include the Spoken Word, Music, The Avant-Garde, The Oulipo, and other audio arts.


1. Sung To The Tune Of “The Weary Road”, 0:51.
2. For The Anniversary Of My Death, 0:41.
3. Finding The Measure, 0:51.
4. Euclid and His Modern Rivals (live), 9:03.
5. Geography, 6:34.
6. Quindecagon (live), 8:37.
7. Five Block Walk, 2:02.
8. Tour (live), 1:35.
9. The Forgotten Land, 2:40.
10. Where I Live, 3:58.
11. Merry Go Round, 0:30.
12. The Recess Bells of School (live), 2:54.
13. Wednesday Is A Day For Baldies, 3:48.
14. The Sonnets (excerpts)(live), 2:33.
15. Jeffers, 4:02.
16. The Rothenberg Variations, 3:34.
17. From The Lorca Variations, 2:12.
18. Poema De Los Dones, 3:48.
19. For Una (live), 3:15.
First Intermission:
Uniform, 3:01.
Conversation (excerpt), 6:20.
20. An Observer (edit) (live), 0:45.
21. My God Is Full Of Stars, 5:42.
22. The Recess Bells Of School (live), 2:56.
23. Soy Sauce (live), 1:56.
24. To Her Body, Against Time, 0:35.
25. In Situ, 3:28.
26. For The Stranger, 2:10.
27. Science, 0:26.
28. For All The Songs I Sing (For Petrarch), 1:30.
29. The Visual Arts (live), 0:54.
30. L.A. Art Scene, 1:23.
31. At The Metropolitan Museum, 2:00.
32. Dada 2, 0:45.
33. Excerpt From Phenomenon 7.7, 1:26.
34. Empty Biscuits, 1:01.
35. The Creative Act, 7:25.
Second Intermission: Suicide Moi 6 (live), 2:34.
36. The Medicine Trail (live), 11:10.
37. The Desert Music, 13:10.
38. The Canyon Rim, 2:13.
39. River In The Valley, 1:46.
40. Ode: A Fire In The Sky, 1:45.
41. Marade La Luz Knows How to Walk, 2:50.
42. Winter Poem, 2:30.
43. Three Stories About After The Revolution, 1:53.
44. Johnny Cake Hollow, 1:04.
45. I’ve Come To Free The Words, 1:12.
46. Anthropocene Blues, 1:37.

Total Time, 2:29:13.


These Poetry Show Podcasts also include the Spoken Word, Music, The Avant-Garde, The Oulipo, and other audio arts.


Note that some of these poems were recorded from the original vinyl records, so may sound noisy and have artefacts.


1. Bob Holman, In With The Out Crowd, 1998. In With The Out Crowd by Bob Holman was released Apr 14, 1998 on the Mouth Almighty label. Personnel: Bob Holman (vocals); Jenni Muldaur (vocals); Wayne Kramer (guitar); Kenneth Deifik (harmonica, background vocals); Brock Avery (drums); Bob Neuwirth (percussion, background vocals); Hal Willner (sampler, turntables). In With The Out Crowd CD music contains a single disc with 16 songs.
2. W. S. Merwin, “For the Anniversary of My Death” from The Second Four Books of Poems (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 1993). Copyright © 1993 by W. S. Merwin. Reprinted with the permission of The Wylie Agency, Inc.
3. From Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993. Copyright © 1995 by Robert Kelly.
4. Christian Bök, from Studio 111 Reading (at Kelly Writers House). Studio 111 programs (with interviews with Penn Students) are recorded at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.
5. Michael Brownstein on The Dial-A-Poem Poets, Giorno Poetry Systems – GPS 001. Released: 1972.
6. Ron Silliman, from The Alphabet [pp. 433-440], Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, November 19, 2005.
7. Miles Ciletti, Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records.
8. Charles Bukowski, Hostage, Freeway Records ‎– FRWY 1058. Released 1985.
9.  Patrick Joseph Di Puccio, Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records.
10. Wanda Coleman, Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records.
11. Written by Langston Hughes, read by Howard Michael Henderson, Favorite Poem Project, © 2000 New England Foundation for the Arts.
12. Charles Bukowski, Hostage, Freeway Records ‎– FRWY 1058. Released 1985.
13. Richard Meltzer, Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records.
14. Ted Berrigan, Recorded Berkeley Poetry Conference, CA, July 19, 1965) from Dial-A-Poem Poets (Giorno Poetry Systems).
15. Mark Jarman, from Iris, published by Story Line Press, 1992. Copyright © 1992 by Mark Jarman. All rights reserved. He won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and has authored many collections of poetry.
16.  Pierre Joris. The Rothenberg Variations (1, 2, 3, 11, 13, 15) (Wild Honey Press, 2004), on Close Listening: Readings and
Conversations at WPS1.Org, Clocktower Studio, New York, June 21, 2005.
17. Jerome Rothenberg. Lorca Variations, From Reading selections from Poems for the Millennium at the Kelly Writers House, September 28, 1998.
18. Jorge Luis Borges. Poema des los dones (Poem about Gifts) is a poem written by Jorge Luis Borges after he was nominated Director of the National Library in Buenos Aires. That is that time that he strongly lost his sight and this poem expresses the beauty of the irony of his inability to fully appreciate his function. He is in fact condemned to be the blind warden of the Library. The poem text is below.
19. Robinson Jeffers Memorial Program: December 4, 1962. The Poetry Center presents a two-part program dedicated to Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). Read by Joseph Miksak.
First Intermission:
Uniform: LP released by Projects UK and Newcastle Media Workshops, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 1987. In addition to the Audio Arts regular cassette series, William Furlong published several records, starting with 1984’s Orchard Gallery LP and The Difference/Head Low 7″ single, 1987. The 1987 Accent for a Start LP is a little different from  other Audio Arts cassettes of mostly contemporary artists’ interviews and performances. Here, Furlong and Michael Archer  use street interviews with Newcastle upon Tyne passersby to create short, Dada-ist sound collages from chopped up voices, drum machine and various loops (from library records, presumably), not unlike some Nurse With Wound’s sound collages.  Accent for a Start is rather ironical, contemptuous even, but is just hilarious if you happen not to live in Newcastle,  on the great divide between North and South Britain, where the accent is strong. Prejudices of a Londonite, maybe, but great fun. The ‘NE’ tag on the cover indeed refers to the far away North East.
Conversation: from The Nova Convention, Giorno Poetry Systems GPS 014-015, 1978.  William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Timothy Leary, Les Levine, Robert Anton Wilson.
20. Charles Bukowski, Solid Citizen,Chinaski Records – BUK03CD (Germany). Recorded Live in Hamburg 1978.
21. Tracy K. Smith reads from Life on Mars at the Kelly Writers House, March 20, 2013.
22. Charles Bukowski, Hostage, Freeway Records ‎– FRWY 1058. Released 1985.
23. Gary Snyder. This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work “Axe Handles.” The commentary between poems reflects his interest in Buddhism and his traveling and the forests, rivers, and natural world of Northern California.
24. From Red Actions: Selected Poems 1960-1993. Copyright © 1995 by Robert Kelly. Kelly has received an Award for
Distinction from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Wagner College, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and as the Tufts University  Visiting Professor of Modern Poetry. He has also served as Poet in Residence at Yale University (Calhoun College), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Kansas University, Dickinson College, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California. He currently serves as Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and Co-Director of the Program in Written Arts at Bard College, where he has taught since 1961.
25. Marjorie Welish. Reading for Whenever We Feel Like It, Kelly Writers House, April 17, 2012.
26. December 07, 1978, Guggenhiem Museum From the Academy Audio Archive. Carolyn Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, given for distinguished poetic achievement, in 2013.
27. Robert Kelly. From May Day, published by Parsifal Press, Canada. Copyright © 2006 by Robert Kelly. The audio file:
January 21, 2008 Red Hook, New York From the Academy Audio Archive.
28. Alice Notley, visiting San Francisco from Chicago, reads her work for The Poetry Center, on a bill shared with William Bathurst. Lewis Mac Adams makes the introductions (Bathurst is introduced at 34:15), in the Barbary Coast Room of the Student Union at San Francisco State University. This material is part of the Poetry Center Digital Archive curated collections: Special Feature – Alice Notley Videos.
29. From a reading and musical performance by Allen Ginsberg, Peter Rowan, Michael Brownstein, Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky, and Anne Waldman. The reading serves as a fundraiser for Naropa. Published September 13, 1976.
30. Jerry Dreva, Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records FRWY 2-26.
31. Copyright © 2017 by Matthew Siegel. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 15, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets. Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015). He teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and lives in San Francisco, California.
32. Raymond Fetterman & Charles Bernstein, 1996.  Based on a poem by Federman, digitally edited by Bernstein. Appearing on   the LINEbreak program with Charles Bernstein. Winner of the 1997 CASE Award for Radio Programming, LINEbreak is a series of half-hour length programs with some of the smartest and most innovative writers and artists at work today. LINEbreak showcases a broad range of authors from around the country and around the world, from famous novelists and screenwriters
whose work is regularly reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The New York Review of Books, to
revolutionary and avant-garde poets, performance artists and video artists whose work is often neglected by the
mainstream media. The series is hosted and co-produced by poet and professor Charles Bernstein, and is produced and
directed by Martin Spinelli. The LINEbreak series was distributed nationally to all connected public radio stations in the U.S. over the Public Radio Satellite System in the spring and summer of 1996, and has been heard on a number of public and college stations from New York to California.
33. Dr. Frank Stranges. Voices Of The Angels, 1982, Freeway Records.
34. Charles Bernstein, from With Strings. A companion to the critically acclaimed My Way, his 1999 montage of essays,
conversations, and poems, With Strings catapults Charles Bernstein into the future of American poetry. A compilation of sixty-nine poems in various forms and styles, dating mostly from the 1990s, With Strings is his most buoyant collection to date. With its fractured nursery rhymes, distressed mottoes, runcible riddles, and inscrutable sayings, Bernstein takes us on a poetic trip that swerves from the comic to the political, from the whimsical to the elegiac. The whole presents a densely sounded echo chamber in which a range of themes, moods, and perceptions extend and reverberate.
35. Marcel Duchamp. A paper presented to the convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, April 1957. This lecture also is on Orchestral Soundtrack Excerpt – Un Chien Andalou, from Surrealism Reviewed (1929-1963), Track 3.
Second Intermission: 2002, Compound Annex Records. Recorded live as part of the Chance Festival at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Stateline Nevada, 1996. Chance band featuring Tom Watson, Mike Kelley, George Hurley, Lynn Johnston, Dave Muller and Amy Stoll, special guest vocalist Allucquère Rosanne Stone. See note here about the reader/performer Jean Baudrillard.
36. Peter Rowan. A reading and musical performance by Allen Ginsberg, Peter Rowan, Michael Brownstein, Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky, and Anne Waldman. The reading serves as a fundraiser for Naropa. Published September 13, 1976. Grammy-award  winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, a major cult figure among progressive bluegrass aficionados, Peter Rowan participated in a number of adventurous projects in the late ’60s and ’70s before embarking on a highly productive solo career. Primarily a guitarist, Rowan also sang, yodeled, and played various members of the mandolin family. http://www.peter-rowan.com/bluegrass.html
37. William Carlos Williams. Reading and Commentary recorded by Kenneth Burke at his home in Andover, NJ. June 21, 1951.
38. & 39. Gary Snyder. This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a
selection of poetry from his new work “Axe Handles.” The commentary between poems reflects his interest in Buddhism and his traveling and the forests, rivers, and natural world of Northern California. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works.
40. Alice Notley and William Bathurst February 18, 1976 – Poetry Center Digital Archive.
41. Copyright © 2017 Juan Felipe Herrera. Published in Poem-a-Day on March 20, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.
42. Academy of American Poets, Robert Bly. Poetry Breaks. The Poetry Breaks series is a series of videos filmed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by creator Leita Luchetti, who co-produced the series with the WGBH New Television Workshops. Poetry Breaks features short videos of internationally renowned poets reading their work, reading the work of other poets, and discussing their takes on poetry in a variety of locations. The Academy of American Poets has partnered with Luchetti to present these videos once again.
43. The Dial-A-Poem Poets, 1970, Bernadette Mayer.
44. Charles Bernstein from Rattapallax 2005. “Twice a year, Rattapallax Press enthralls readers with stunning work of both   new and seasoned wordsmiths in its oddly named literary journal, Rattapallax. These volumes, though few and far between, are chock-full of sumptuous poetry, thought-provoking prose and unusual artwork. However, what makes Rattapallax  different from other literary journals is the added dimension of sound. The journal comes with a bonus CD to tide hungry devotees over until the next issue arrives. Poetry junkies can listen along as the poets read their work.” —City Paper, Philadelphia.
45. Mektoub: Recordings 1960 – 1981. “This unique documentary is the world’s first comprehensive look into the works of Brion Gysin, one of the century’s greatest visual and audio artists. As a surrealist painter, poet, novelist and audio experimenter, Gysin, would influence the most creative minds of the 60’s and 70’s. This release contains audio cut-ups and permutation poems that still demonstrate their startling impact today as they did in 1960. Also included, are conversations in topics such as Modern Art, the Dream Machine, Jean Genet and others, allowing a rare glimpse into the mind of a fascinating artist.” (Perdition Plastics, 1996.)
46. Copyright © 2017 by Anne Waldman. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on February 2, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets. The audio file is here.


For 18. Poema De Los Dones:

Original Spanish version follows the English one:


Let none think that I by tear or reproach make light
Of this manifesting the mastery
Of God, who with excelling irony
Gives me at once both books and night.

In this city of books he made these eyes
The sightless rulers who can only read,
In libraries of dreams, the pointless
Paragraphs each new dawn offers

To awakened care. In vain the day
Squanders on them its infinite books,
As difficult as the difficult scripts
That perished in Alexandria.

An old Greek story tells how some king died
Of hunger and thirst, though proffered springs and fruits;
My bearing lost, I trudge from side to side
Of this lofty, long blind library.

The walls present, but uselessly,
Encyclopedia, atlas, Orient
And the West, all centuries, dynasties,
Symbols, cosmos and cosmogonies.

Slow in my darkness, I explore
The hollow gloom with my hesitant stick,
I, that used to figure Paradise
In such a library’s guise.

Something that surely cannot be called
Mere chance must rule these things;
Some other man has met this doom
On other days of many books and the dark.

As I walk through the slow galleries
I grow to feel with a kind of holy dread
That I am that other, I am the dead,
And the steps I make are also his.

Which of us two is writing now these lines
About a plural I and a single gloom?
What does it matter what word is my name
If the curse is indivisibly the same?

Groussac or Borges, I gaze at this beloved
World that grows more shapeless, and its light
Dies down into a pale, uncertain ash
Resembling sleep and the oblivion of night.

Original Spanish version:


Nadie rebaje a lágrima o reproche
esta declaración de la maestría
de Dios, que con magnífica ironía
me dio a la vez los libros y la noche.

De esta ciudad de libros hizo dueños
a unos ojos sin luz, que sólo pueden
leer en las bibliotecas de los sueños
los insensatos párrafos que ceden

las albas a su afán. En vano el día
les prodiga sus libros infinitos,
arduos como los arduos manuscritos
que perecieron en Alejandría.

De hambre y de sed (narra una historia griega)
muere un rey entre fuentes y jardines;
yo fatigo sin rumbo los confines
de esta alta y honda biblioteca ciega.

Enciclopedias, atlas, el Oriente
y el Occidente, siglos, dinastías,
símbolos, cosmos y cosmogonías
brindan los muros, pero inútilmente.

Lento en mi sombra, la penumbra hueca
exploro con el báculo indeciso,
yo, que me figuraba el Paraíso
bajo la especie de una biblioteca.

Algo, que ciertamente no se nombra
con la palabra azar, rige estas cosas;
otro ya recibió en otras borrosas
tardes los muchos libros y la sombra.

Al errar por las lentas galerías
suelo sentir con vago horror sagrado
que soy el otro, el muerto, que habrá dado
los mismos pasos en los mismos días.

¿Cuál de los dos escribe este poema
de un yo plural y de una sola sombra?
¿Qué importa la palabra que me nombra
si es indiviso y uno el anatema?

Groussac o Borges, miro este querido
mundo que se deforma y que se apaga
en una pálida ceniza vaga
que se parece al sueño y al olvido.

                    -Jorge Luis Borges.