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Romero, Anthony 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013


Watch a Performance Art Symposium that Anthony Romero took part in:

In>Time Performance Art Symposium from SAIC Performance on Vimeo.

Read an interview with Anthony Romero from Sixty Inches From Center:

Archive Lovers Night + Project Premiere with Media Burn and On The Real Film – May 19 – Sixty Inches From Center

The opening night of the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival features the screening of a new video work from a collaboration between Media Burn and On the Real Film.

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Rorem, Ned 1980

Friday, November 21, 1980

I was a musician who happened to write, not an author who happened to compose. Thus the diary, being random and bloody and self-indulgent, answered to different needs than the music, which was planned, pristine, objective.

– Ned Rorem, “Setting The Tone, Essays and a Diary”

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Listen to the New York Philharmonic perform Ned Rorem’s “Symphony No. 3:”

Ned Rorem / Symphony No. 3 (Bernstein)

Ned Rorem (b. 1923) Symphony No. 3 (1958) 00:00 – Lento appassionato 06:49 – Allegro molto vivace 09:10 – Largo 12:00 – Andante 16:38 – Allegro molto New York Philharmonic, dir. Leonard Bernstein (world premiere broadcast performance of 18 April 1959) “Rorem’s Third Symphony is much related to the last phase of his residence in France in 1957.

Read an interview with Ned Rorem from the Paris Review:

The Art of the Diary No. 1

ldquo;I am a composer,” Ned Rorem once said, “who also writes, not a writer who also composes.” His music-hundreds of ravishing art songs and instrumental scores, one of which won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize-has brought him fame. But it is his diaries that have b…

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Rollings, Alane 2006

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
with Ted Kooser

Have you noticed how when you see two people talking
anywhere in the world, one is almost always smiling?
Half of us are alive now; it’s hard to say
what we have least of. Children come into the world
by themselves. My family began with me.

– Alane Rollings, “When Single Rooms Can Spring to Life So Easily”

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Listen to Alane Rollings’ 2006 reading with Ted Kooser at the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Rollings begins at 22:20 minutes.

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Rogers, Pattiann 1998

Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Consider the statement of bone:
Calcium and mineral gathered together and bound
Against the pressures of space, a latched
And maneuverable allegiance to the vertical,
That inner frame of stone determined
To keep constantly in its core the breeding
Red clay of the sea. I can believe
In an assertion like that.

– Pattiann Rogers, “Being What We Are”

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Read this interview with Pattiann Rogers from the Missouri Review:

Each single spill of rain makes
many ringing water gongs on the pond,
and the calls of the crow are simply one gong
sounding after the other, circling wider
and farther, rippling the sky
above the rippled pond. Below, a toad bug
swivels near the shore, and many sand grains
shiver like cymbals with the force
of that mallet.

– Pattiann Rogers, “Design of Gongs”

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Watch Pattiann Rogers discuss her early writing ambitions:

Pattiann Rogers | On Science and Art

Pacific University faculty from the MFA in Writing program talk about the program, writing, and their experiences at Pacific.

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Reeves, Roger 2014; 2016

Friday, August 29, 2014
Six Points Reading Series
with Jason Koo and Simone Muench
Chicago Cultural Center
Saturday, February 6, 2016
with Christopher Soto, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Jamila Woods
Saturday, April 9, 2016
with Fatimah Asghar and Ladan Osman
Tea Project at Links Hall


They part
here—the boy’s body found
in another man’s arms, carried back
to town, as the horse says nothing
because horses don’t speak, besides
this one’s dead. 

– Roger Reeves, “The Mare of Money”

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Roger Reeves, Simone Muench, and Jason Koo at the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Six Points Reading Series, August 29, 2014.

I will begin with braces
strung across a man’s teeth
as a downed kite might
string itself across four lanes
of a seven-lane highway

Roger Reeves, “Brazil”

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Watch Roger Reeves give his talk, “The Work of Art in the Age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston,” at Poets & Writers Live Chicago:

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Redmond, Eugene 1998

Wednesday, February 11, 1998
with Ana Castillo

Roiled blood, rising like Katrina, floods “Baltimoor,”
harbor of bitter succor that once bore
Cullen’s “furnace” & Billie’s lore…

– Eugene Redmond, “Baltimoor”

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Watch Eugene Redmond read “I Can Never Unlove You:”

I Can Never Unlove You by Eugene B Redmond

Prof. Eugene Redmond reads” I Can Never Unlove You” at Asili night, November 2007, Miami Dade College

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Reddy, Srikanth 2005

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
with Joel Craig and Kristy Odelius

Drops of water falling on a stone. The hectic design of the fly. Geography of the East. Observer in ruins.

– Srikanth Reddy, “Voyager (3)”

Broadside of “Voyager (3)” by Srikanth Reddy

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It’s dark in here, the dark inside of a man
in the dark. It’s not night. One hears crows
overhead, dawn fowl caws, the shod soles again

– Srikanth Reddy, “First Circle”

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Watch Srikanth Reddy read his poem, “Fundamentals of Esperanto,” at the Kelly Writers House:

Srikanth Reddy reads “Fundamentals of Esperanto” at the Kelly Writers House, 3-27-10

Srikanth Reddy reads “Fundamentals of Esperanto” at the Kelly Writers House on March 27, 2010 as part of the Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series. Watch the complete event at To learn more, go to: Visit the Kelly Writers House at Srikanth Reddy’s first collection, Facts for Visitors, received the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry in 2005.

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Raworth, Tom 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

poetry is neither swan nor owl
but worker, miner
digging each generation deeper
through the shit of its eaters
to the root – then up to the giant tomato

– Tom Raworth, “Gaslight”

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Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Tom Raworth, Diane di Prima, Kimiko Hahn, Eugene Gloria, Patricia Smith, Luis Rodriguez, Robert Bly, Brian Turner, Bruce Weigl, Tyehimba Jess, A. Van Jordan, Arielle Greenberg, Billy Corgan, Franz Wright, Czeslaw Milosz, Louise Glück, and Alicia Ostriker.

Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Tom Raworth, Diane di Prima, Kimiko Hahn, Eugene Gloria, Patricia Smith, Luis Rodriguez, Robert Bly, Brian Turner, Bruce Weigl, Tyehimba Jess, A. Van Jordan, Arielle Greenberg, Billy Corgan, Franz Wright, Czeslaw Milosz, Louise Glück, and Alicia Ostriker.

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occasionally the metabolism alters
and lines no longer come express
waiting for you what muscles work me
which hold me down below my head?

– Tom Raworth, “The University of Essex”

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Watch Tom Raworth read some of his work:

a joyful summit of old savages – Tom Raworth

On a rainy wednesday night in London, on April 18th 2012, one of the most remarkable poetry readings in recent memory saw Andrei Codrescu, Gunnar Harding, Anselm Hollo and Tom Raworth perform excerpts from their work at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

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Randall, Alice 2001

Friday, July 20, 2001

If I strip the flesh off my bones, like they stripped the clothes off my flesh in the slave market down near the battery in Charleston, this would be my skeleton: childhood on a cotton farm; a time of shawl-fetch slavery away in Charleston; a bare-breasted hour on an auction block…

– Alice Randall, “The Wind Done Gone: A Novel”

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Listen to an interview with Alice Randall and others about her book, “Ada’s Rules:”

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