Early and Late: “Unreleased” Poetry Center Videos On View at SFMOMA Open Space

John Ashbery, May 1973 — Ishmael Reed, October 1973 — Al Young, May 1974 — Diane di Prima, June 1974 — Lucia Berlin, February 1984 — Raúl Zurita and William Rowe, April 2009 — Akilah Oliver, February 2010 — Cecilia Vicuña, February 2012 — Fred Moten, November 2013 — Judy Grahn, February 2014 — Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, April 2014 — Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich, April 2014. Continue reading “Early and Late: “Unreleased” Poetry Center Videos On View at SFMOMA Open Space”

Four Occasions, September–October 2015

“I think we can… you can sort of talk generally about the forms of life: birth and death, and need for sustenance, and language, and breathing and all that. But nobody has the right to say how it is for anybody else. That’s a luxury that no one has.”

Paul Ebenkamp, October 1, 2015

The first four Poetry Center programs that took place this Fall 2015 are now available as professionally recorded streaming video documents (with downloadable audio files) at Poetry Center Digital Archive. This is the first time in the 62-year history of The Poetry Center that we’ve been able to make what we do so readily available to people beyond the live audience, present in the room. The work is posted online quickly, it can be seen and/or heard by anyone on the planet with an internet connection, it comes at no direct cost to the viewer, and it looks and sounds great.

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Alice Notley on Video for The Poetry Center, 1976–2012

And yes, the image is degraded, though what is there (the poetry, the performance) comes thru. It’s curious, to me, how the degraded image isn’t just a “poor” image — I’m writing up now my remarks from the Oakland conference last October on a half dozen Poetry Center videos of Alice Notley: have to listen to what I said there and come up with some kind of transcription. There’s a poet’s measure of seeing video that’s very different from the consumer model of quality control, sharpness, fidelity.
—to Patrick Durgin, June 9, 2015, on a 1983 video recording of Hannah Weiner

A transcription of a talk at the “Alette in Oakland” celebration of Alice Notley and her work, held in late October 2014, sponsored by the Bay Area Public School, at Omni Oakland Commons. The proceedings of the three-day symposium will be published by Hearts Desire Press, who also brought out Notley’s book Manhattan Luck.

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