Al Filreis

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 its here the lonely say 
that the heart has got to open 
in a fundamental way: 
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A. 

Naomi Replansky performs and 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.

ModPo 2017 dates announced

Free, open, online course on modern and contemporary US poetry — you can enroll now

ModPo 2017 — our next intensive ten-week “symposium mode” — will begin on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Please share with your friends and encourage them to enroll. Enrolling in ModPo now or any time means you have access to everything now, but it also means you’ll be ready to do the ten-week intensive course all together starting in September. If you are and were already enrolled, you needn’t do anything to stay enrolled for our ten-week September–November session.

On close reading and pronouns

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

During an hourlong debate/discussion on Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” Rachel Blau DuPlessis spoke about close reading and pronouns. This video clip is six minutes long.

With 'scrapefeed,' you can turn a page of mp3s into a podcast feed

Steve McLaughlin has now given us “scrapefeed.” Enter a PennSound URL and it will take the mp3s on that page and turn them into a podcast feed: http://scrapefeed.net/.