Commentaries

Rosanne Cash performs Leonard Cohen's 'Democracy'

Rosanne Cash recited the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” on January 15, 2017, at the PEN-sponsored “Writers Resist” anti-Trump protest on the steps of the New York Public Library. 

It's coming to America first, 
the cradle of the best and of the worst. 
It's here they got the range 
and the machinery for change 
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. 
It's here the family's broken 
and it's here the lonely say 
that the heart has got to open 
in a fundamental way: 
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A. 

Habib Tengour: Maghrebian Surrealism [Essay & Manifesto]

Translation from French by Pierre Joris

MAGHREBIAN SURREALISM
SURREALISM IN THE MAGHREB
SURREALIST MAGHREB
THE MAGHREBIAN SURREALISTS
MAGHREBIAN SURREALITY
THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION IN THE MAGHREB
SURREALIST MAGHREB PRESS SERVICE
SURREALISM IN THE SERVICE OF THE MAGHREB
Etc.

— Given an audience of intelligent participants
— Into a red chechia without a ponytail place nine ping-pong balls numbered from 1 to 9.
— Shake the chechia for the one minute needed to create silence.
— Draw a ball

Naomi Replansky performs & discusses 'Ceremony'

Naomi Replansky reads and discusses her poem “Ceremony” at the Kelly Writers House in November 2016. Here is more information about the event. Here is a link to the complete video recording of the reading and discussion.

Tonya Foster reads "Techo Aisles" plus Erica Hunt on Swarm of Bees in High Court

©Charles Bernstein (Jan. 8, 2008)

My video of Tonya Foster reading "Techo Aisles" on Feb. 20, 2016: Erica Hunt on Tonya Foster's Swarm of Bees in High Court (vdieo shown at the Poets House launch for the book, April 23, 2016)

'Between the last word and this one': Brigid Kelly

Brigid Kelly
Brigid Kelly

When a poet voices primarily for performance, publishing sparsely, then leaves the spoken-word scene it can be difficult for subsequent generations to recover and appreciate that voice; what was cutting when delivered can sound blunt from the perimeter of decades. Commentary is prompted then sustained by an evidential body of work once the live performance is over.