Watches don't shoot (PoemTalk #190)

Aldon Nielsen, "Tray"

Al Filreis, Tyrone Williams, William J. Harris, and Aldon Nielsen
Al Filreis, Tyrone Williams, William J. Harris, and Aldon Nielsen

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Aldon Nielsen, William J. Harris, Tyrone Williams, hosted by Al Filreis, convened in the Arts Café of the Kelly Writers House, before a live audience, to discuss Aldon’s poem “Tray.” There are 29 sections in the poem; the group discussed the first 6. In the book titled Tray, published by Make Now Press in 2017, the title poem takes up the first 37 pages; the sections we discussed run to page 14. Usually, of course, we play an audio recording of the poem from we’re about to discuss as archived in PennSound, but on this day, because we had the honor of Aldon’s presence we asked him to perform those sections.

We streamed the video of this episode as it was happening, and later posted the video; it is also embedded here below.

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