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Going On by Peter Reading – Audio

Going On, Peter Reading, 1985
Publisher: Bloodaxe (included in Collected Poems 2: Poems 1985-1996)

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“What he [Peter Reading] uniquely had was an obsessive craftsmanship, at ease with every kind of verse-form, matched with a macabre, bizarre sense of humour. He relished the stately and the ceremonial, as much as he kept his ears open for the demotic, the inarticulate, the speechless.” — Anthony Thwaite, The Independent, December 2011

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George Saunders with Joel Lovell, 12 February 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 12, 2014.

George Saunders with Joel Lovell

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

George Saunders has written, “The land of the short story, is a brutal land, a land very similar, in its strictness, to the land of the joke.” His story collections, including CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia, feature characters who speak in a strangely futuristic language, often abbreviated, part sales pitch, part self-help, and are found in environs like twisted amusement parks and ridiculous theme restaurants. Saunders’ unflappable humanity for his characters, the haves and the have-nots, no matter how wretched they may be, leaves the reader hopeful. He said, “I think our brains basically came off the same assembly line, and that this is maybe one of the ways that fiction does what it does, even though we are all different people, different genders, with different backgrounds.” Saunders’ most recent story collection is Tenth of December.

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Ukulele Music by Peter Reading – Audio

Ukulele Music, Peter Reading, 1985
Publisher: Bloodaxe (included in Collected Poems 2: Poems 1985-1996)

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“Like a ventriloquist, in Ukelele Music, Reading intermittently assumes the voice of an obsequious charwoman named Viv, trying to cadge some money from her master, and at other times that of a chronicler of gruesome naval battles and mishaps. What the seemingly unrelated spheres have in common is the dire state of ‘H. sap.,’ or homo sapiens, examined in gruesome detail. His obsession with the gross has led British reviewers to call Reading’s humor ‘too black’–a criticism ushered into his poems, along with a reply: ‘What do they think they’re playing at, then, these Poetry Wallahs?’ The poet proclaims that, ‘this is the Age Of The Greatly Bewildered Granny & Grandad, / shitlessly scared by the bad, mindless and jobless and young.'” –Publisher’s Weekly, August 1994

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Vendange Tardive by Peter Reading – Audio

Vendange Tardive, Peter Reading, 2010
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

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Vendange Tardive is a late harvest of vintage Reading in disaster mode. Here is a rueful crop of valedictory poems in which man reaps what he sows: shipwreck, ruin, death, war, ignomony and extinction. But somehow, amid all that, there is still the fruit of the vine and the bittersweet spirit of life.” – Bloodaxe Books

“A vendange tardive is a late-harvest wine, and the title poem records the gift of a bottle on the poet’s 62nd birthday. Another poem, ‘All Is Safely Gathered In’, in which he offers thanks for a birthday bottle of champagne, bluntly begins: ‘Morituri te salutant’ (we who are about to die salute you). While this book marks Reading’s return to a collection of individual pieces, it still coheres as he weaves multiple threads in which deaths of family members and friends mix with the deleterious effects of oil-dependent economies, compounded by a day-to-day awareness that not only is the self at the age of ‘late harvest’, but in the face of climate change, so is the whole human race.” – Carrie Etter, The Guardian.

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-273.15 by Peter Reading – Audio

-273.15, Peter Reading, 2005
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

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-273.15 [absolute zero] is a lament, a tirade, a disaster warning, and an anthropologist’s catalogue of our final expedition addressed to an earlier survivor of global catastrophe, Noah of the Flood.
“Despair, both environmental and political, is never absent; but this is an appreciative, defiantly humane volume.” – Robert Potts, The Guardian.

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by Peter Reading – Audio

, Peter Reading, 2003
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

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Reading’s death statement features his “death mask on the cover.” His own consolations of “verse, viticulture and love” are mirrored in the extended swansong of Chinoiserie, a sequence of versions of the 8th-century Chinese poet Li Po, while the blunter associations of his title are encrypted in the book’s progressively shorter lyrics: obsolete, obscene and obit (he died). Now out of print, this book is included in Collected Poems Volume III: Poems 1997-2003 (2003, Bloodaxe).

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Faunal by Peter Reading – Audio

Faunal, Peter Reading, 2002
Publisher: Bloodaxe

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This new volume opens with a quote from Charles Darwin: “We will now discuss in a little more detail the struggle for existence.” Faunal is a book of poems about animals, or more specifically about Reading’s real or imagined experiences of the beasts of the earth, and of the most powerful beast of all, humanity. The poems are peppered with Latin names which function as tags marking the animal world as the property of the linguistic universe constructed by people, and Reading’s main attention here is to the ways in which people interact with animals, usually to the detriment of the latter.
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Civil by Peter Reading – Audio

Civil, Peter Reading, 2002
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books

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This book, now out of print, is included in Collected Poems Volume III: Poems 1997-2003 (2003, Bloodaxe).

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[Untitled] by Peter Reading – Audio

[Untitled], Peter Reading, 2001
Publisher: Bloodaxe

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During his writing residency year in Marfa, Texas, Reading produced three pamphlets which together comprise [Untitled]. Apophthegmatic is inspired by Chinese poetry and in haiku and tankas, muses on the brevity of life and the poet’s anticipated death; Repetitious, only 6 pages long, is a summary of Reading’s themes, and refers to or repeats lines from other volumes; Copla a Pie Quebrado, 4 pages long, featuring Reading’s poems overlaying photographs of Marfa.

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Bryan Stevenson with Liliana Segura, 15 January 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 15, 2014.

Bryan Stevenson with Liliana Segura

Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. His work focuses on race relations, social policy, and the prison industrial system. He spoke on the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The talk was followed by a conversation with Liliana Segura.

This event was part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor at New York University School of Law. He has gained national acclaim for his work challenging the U.S. legal system’s biases against the incarcerated, the poor, and people of color. EJI recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life imprisonment without parole sentences for children 17 years or younger is unconstitutional. He has been awarded the ACLU National Medal of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, and the NAACP Ming Award for Advocacy for his work.

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