Ron Silliman, Rachel Zolf, and Charles Bernstein joined Al Filreis to talk about two poems by Naomi Replansky. The poems are “In Syrup, In Syrup” and “Ring Song.” The latter is the title poem of a volume nominated in 1952 for the National Book Award. “In Syrup,” first published under the antiwar title “Dulce Et Decorum” in 1947, its title recalling Wilfred Owen, was revised before Ring Song. “Ring Song” itself was revised for a 1988 chapbook Twenty One Poems Old and New. Replansky’s PennSound page features recent readings of both poems and indicates her final preferences for the revised versions.
Michael Hennessey, one of the founding participants of the PennSound archive, and now its editor, stopped by the Kelly Writers House a few months back and joined Al Filreis in the Wexler Studio. The two of them played and discussed five recordings Mike has chosen from among the tens of thousands of recordings available in the archive. Here are Mike’s choices:
Bernadette Mayer, “Chocolate Poetry Sonnet”: LINK Allen Ginsberg, “After Lalon”: LINK Lew Welch, “A Round of English”: LINK Harryette Mullen, “Sleeping with the Dictionary”: LINK Tuli Kupferberg, “The Hidden Dissuaders”: LINK
PoemTalk’s crew took to the road, wandering pretty much as far west as one can go on this continent, to a place Philip Whalen called, in a poem’s subtitle, “the last of California” — Bolinas, coastal spot famous as A congenial writer’s retreat. Stephen Ratcliffe, Joanne Kyger, and Julia Bloch gathered there with Al Filreis to talk about Whalen. Our poem was indeed written in Bolinas, in 1968, and finished in Kyoto in 1969. It’s called “Life at Bolinas: The Last of California.” Whalen’s PennSound page includes a recording of his performance of this poem.