episode #92 of PoemTalk, a discussion of Bob Perelman’s “Confession” with Kathy Lou Schultz, Kristen Gallagher, and Bruce Andrews:
Today we are releasing episode 83 of the podcast series “PoemTalk”—a discussion of a late meta-poem by Wallace Stevens, “The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain,” with Susan Howe, Dee Morris & Nancy Kuhl.
A discussion with Peter Cole, Henry Steinberg, and Michelle Taransky, of two poems by Charles Reznikoff from the PennSound archive. Number 56 in the PoemTalk series.
Program notes and links to the PoemTalk discussion and recordings of the poems are available at Jacket2 and at the Poetry Foundation:
Five hundred cards in a box: on each is typewritten a few words or phrases of poetic writing. This is Robert Grenier’s Sentences. Al gathered Joseph Yearous-Algozin, Jena Osman, and Bob Perelman to talk about this complex work. As Jena notes several times, there’s something odd about producing an audio discussion about a oral reading or performance by Grenier from a work that was and is so closely associated with a material text-object. A text-object that indeed has become famously central to people’s response to the writing in it. So one question immediately is on that count: by performing the work (and by doing so with such comic pleasure, and even, at times, with such schtickiness), is Grenier signalling to us that our focus on the object is misleading–that Sentences is meant to be always somewhat and variously unmoored from the codex book and the normally printed-on-page poem? All the PoemTalkers, led by Bob, want to discuss in some way how and why Robert Grenier always forces us to think about the most fundamental qualities and definitions of poetry. And surely this is good in itself.