Commentaries - May 2013
This is a four-minute excerpt from a reading given by Ray DiPalma at the Kelly Writers House on April 2, 2012. The full recording is available here: [VIDEO]. An audio recording of the reading (segmented by poem) is also available at PennSound. In this excerpt he reads several sections from a book called Further Apocrypha, which was published in a strictly limited edition by Pie in the Sky Press. It is one of the most beautiful books I have seen (I saw it only briefly when DiPalma visited KWH last year). To see photographs of the book, go here. The YouTube excerpt was edited for PennSound by Allison Harris.
Ray DiPalma is the author of more than 40 collections of poetry, prose, and graphic works. His recent books include The Ancient Use of Stone (Seismicity Editions, 2009), Pensieri (Echo Park Press, 2009), and Further Apocrypha (Pie in the Sky Press, 2009) — as well as L'Usage ancien de la pierre (Éditions Grèges, 2007), Quatre Poèmes (Éditions Comp'Act, 2006), Pensieri (Editions de l'Attente, 2011) (all three books translated into French by Vincent Dussol). Caper, Volume I. (ML & NLF) was published in English and Italian. Among his earlier collections are Numbers and Tempers, Le Tombeau de Reverdy, Provocations, Hôtel des Ruines, Gnossiennes, and Letters. Widely anthologized in America and Europe, translations of his writings have also appeared in Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Chinese. A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Poetry Fund, he lives in New York City and teaches Literature and Writing at the School of Visual Arts.