Naomi Replansky on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein and Al Filreis

photo: ©2016, Charles Bernstein / PennSound

Naomi Replansky discusses hearing Gertrude Stein as a teenager, her friendship with Bertolt Brecht, the tension between her Communist affiliations and her poetry, her early publication and subsequent review in Poetry magazine, her life as a poet on the margins of the poetry world, and her reaction to the changes she has seen living 98 years. 

Full program (54:29): MP3

Full set of audio and video recordings of Replansky at her PennSound page.

Naomi Replansky was born in 1918 in the Bronx. Her first publication was in 1934 in Poetry magazine. Her 1952 book Ring Song (Scribners, 1952) collected work from the 30s and 40s, poems written at a time she was also a factory worker. Subsequent books include Twenty-One Poems, Old and New (1988), The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934-1994 (1994), and Collected Poems (Black Sparrow Press/Godine, 2012). She lives on the upper west side of Manhattan. You can listen to Naomi Replansky reading he poems at PennSound. Al Filreis joins series host Charles Berstein in this converation, recorded April 1, 2016. 

This is the 142nd Close Listening show. For a full set of the program go to PennSound. Close Listening is produced for Clocktower Radio in cooperation with PennSound.