Al Filreis

On ‘Highway 61 Revisited’

A discussion led by Patrick Bredehoft and Al Filreis

A video recording is now available of a one-hour discussion of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. The conversation took place at the Kelly Writers House on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Quasi-nonintentional poetry and these dark times?

Mandana EM Chaffa organized a ModPo meet-up in NYC (which Emily Harnett and Ali Castleman and others attended) and here is what Mandana wrote afterwards:

“Can poetry offer solace in times of turmoil? How do aleatory poetry and chance operations reflect our modern society and the impact of so many sources of information? How does Week 9 — and Week 10 — poetry circle back to where we started two and a half months ago? That, and more, was on the table (except that we didn’t use a table) during this last NYC ModPo meet-up for 2016, with our very special guests and amazing TAs, Emily Harnett and Ali Castleman. They are even more awesome in person than on your screens.

Kaufman and Stevens on improvisation

Jake Marmer and I, on the road (as it were) in San Francisco, conversed somewhat randomly on Bob Kaufman’s “CROOTEY SONGO” and Wallace Stevens’s “The Man with the Blue Guitar.” How could these two poems connect? Maybe they don’t but we gave it a try. To hear a reading of Kaufman's poem, skip forward in the video to 25:19.

Bob Kaufman’s “CROOTEY SONGO”: LINK TO TEXT

Frank O'Hara, 'Les Luths'

ModPo people crowdsource a close reading

ModPo people in LA: James, Lori, Leigh, Darlene & Robin

ModPo people gather at a coffee shop in Los Angeles on October 22, 2016, to record an improvised collaborative close reading of Frank O'Hara's "Les Luths." HERE is a link to the video they made. HERE is a link to ModPo's collection/augmented syllabus called "CCCR" (Community Collaborative Close Readings).

Ed Begley Sr. performs Whitman

Here is a one-minute clip from the recording of Ed Begley Sr.’s performance of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: MP3.