Archive for July 2010
Steve Evans – “On Coteries, Infrastructure, and Gossip” (12’14”). A contribution to the first panel of the first week of the 2010 Naropa Summer Writing Program, which was chaired by Anne Waldman and featured Joanne Kyger, David Trinidad, and Jennifer Scappettone. My extemporaneous remarks focus on the way that sound recordings function as an often unrecognized form of “publication,” with special reference to the various manifestations of group identity—and the “gossip” that inevitably accompanies it—to be found in three important archives of recorded poetry: the Paul Blackburn tapes at UCSD’s Archive for New Poetry, Andrew Kenower’s website A Voice Box, and Naropa’s own audio archive.
Alice Notley – The Body Is in the Soul (2’30”). Track seven of the CD that shipped with the double-issue of Jacques Darras‘s magazine In’Hui devoted to Poésie Américaine 1950-2000, which grew out of a conference Darras organized at the Université de Picardie in December of 1999. I first read the poem in April of 1998, when it appeared in the second issue of Gare du Nord, the stapled zine that Notley edited with her husband the poet Douglas Oliver, and can still remember the tense jangly set Notley delivered at the conference. The poem is now included in Reason and Other Women.
Bobbie Louise Hawkins – “As a writer, on paper…” (4’04”). Recorded on June 15, 2010 at the Naropa Performing Arts Center, where Hawkins read with Thalia Field, Ross Gay, Joanne Kyger, and Linh Dinh as part of a Summer Writing Program Faculty Reading. Much more Hawkins, including readings, talks, and panel presentations, at the invaluable Naropa Poetics Audio Archive. Her most recent books are Absolutely Eden and Bijoux. “When you put the importance in the answer and hand it over to someone else, you get stuck with somebody else’s answer.”
Aaron Kunin – The Sore Throat (1’40”). Text at Boston Review (scroll down). Recorded for the first (and only) issue of Frequency Audio Journal, edited by CA Conrad and Magdalena Zurawski in 2004 and archived at PennSound. The Sore Throat, long-playing version. Event report from Kunin’s November 2007 reading with Sawako Nakayasu. More phonotexts by Kunin at PennSound.
David Trinidad – Ode to Dick Fisk (5’52”). Recorded June 19, 2010 at the Performing Arts Center at Naropa, where Trinidad closed the final set of the first week of the Summer Writing Program with this poem, which was published in the inaugural issue of Lo-Ball earlier this year and is slated for inclusion in Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from Turtle Point Press in 2011. • The site that still returns when one chooses “I’m feeling lucky” in a Google search for Dick Fisk. • More Trinidad, including four soundfiles, at Poetry Foundation. • A 2003 interview in which Trinidad talks about his friend Rachel Sherwood, mentioned in this poem. • The Blondie track—on this, Debbie Harry’s sixty-fifth birthday!