Al Filreis

Mini-anthology of recent poems featured in 'Ooteoote'

The selection of 14 poems written in this decade that I created for the independent Israeli magazine of experimental poetry, Hava LeHaba, has now been reproduced and translated into Dutch by the online magazine Ooteoote

Notes toward understanding Nathaniel Mackey's 'Outer Pradesh'

“Mu,” one of Mackey’s ongoing poems, is based on the idea of giving voice to the elders of the Dogon people of central Mali. In some “Mu” sections the elders channel the souls of disgruntled dead; they bespeak the improperly buried.

John Yau writes through Jackson Pollock

I introduce and then perform John Yau's “830 Fireplace Road,” a poem based on a sentence uttered by Jackson Pollock to explain his relationship to his painting. http://bit.ly/1EPseRc (audio: 2:39)

31-minute video of collaborative close reading of "The Snow Man"

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Click here to watch me lead a collaborative close reading of Wallace Stevens's "The Snow Man" at the annual "Mind of Winter" event at the Kelly Writers House. An audio recording of the session is available here.

M.C. Richards celebrates John Cage's 75th

Mary Caroline Richards spent time at Black Mountain College, formed and lived on a Long Island commume from 1954-1964, wrote poems about pottery and published a book about centering in the 1960s that received a lot of attention, was a long-time friend of John Cage. When Cage did an academic year at Wesleyan University in 1960-61, he used his leverage there to arrange a poetry reading for Richards. PennSound has only one recording of M.C. Richards — made at Indre Studios in Philadelphia on May 5, 1997.

One of the poems she performed on that occasion was "For John Cage on His 75th Birthday": MP3.