Woot of the century (PoemTalk #182)

Douglas Kearney, 'Welter' and 'Static' from 'SHO'

From left: Divya Victor, Whitney Trettien, Dagmawi Woubshet.


Al Filreis and Divya Victor cocurated this episode of PoemTalk, and it was recorded on a day when Divya Victor was back at the Kelly Writers House for several events, including a marvelous reading from her new work and discussion with Julia Bloch. Earlier, we had entered the Wexler Studio and convened Whitney Trettien and Dagmawi Woubshet to talk about two poems in Douglas Kearney’s book titled SHO, which was published by Wave Books in 2021. The two poems we discussed were “Welter” and “Static.” The recordings of the poems have been recently added to Doug’s PennSound page — and in fact were made just for this episode, each in several versions:

  1. Static [take 1] (0:52): MP3
  2. Static [take 2] (0:52): MP3
  3. Static [take 3] (0:54): MP3
  4. Welter [take 1] (1:08): MP3
  5. Welter [take 2] (1:05): MP3
  6. Welter [take 3] (1:03): MP3

Recording of a reading and conversation with Divya Victor (hosted by Julia Bloch).