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Ob by Peter Reading – Audio

Ob, Peter Reading, 1999
Publisher: Bloodaxe

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This book followed various birding trips to the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, and the mountains of Arizona, where he saw species of birds and migrations on a scale new to him. While many poems celebrate these journeys, others treat death and pseudo-death, suicide, and even a funeral in very personal and introspective terms.

Portions of this podcast are explicit and may contain adult language.

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Work in Regress by Peter Reading – Audio

Work in Regress, Peter Reading, 1997
Publisher: Bloodaxe

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Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and a Poetry Book Society Choice, Work in Regress is still committed to the epic, steeped in and championing the wisdom and poetic forms of the ancient cultures – Greeks, Anglo-Saxons, Chinese. A slim volume of impressive poems, this is a wonderful distillation of Reading’s themes and powers as a poet.

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Eschatological by Peter Reading – Audio

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

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In her indispensable book, Reading Peter Reading, Isabel Martin writes, “Eschatological as a title is a distillation of the book’s agenda: scatology, classicism, and the contemplation of three of the Last Four Things: Death, Judgement, and Hell. [The book] shows Reading casting last glances over his shoulder and erecting a pyre of all the images of ‘Last Things’ he happens to see on earth.”

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Last Poems by Peter Reading – Audio

Last Poems, Peter Reading, 1994
Publisher: Chatto & Windus

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Last Poems, written at a time of great change in Peter Reading’s personal life, presents itself as a posthumous collection prepared by John Bilston after the poet’s suicide. Here the pages have numbers, the poems have titles, for Reading had said he wanted to “get back to writing individual poems.” The death of the last hero, Beowulf, opens the book, and as Isabel Martin writes in Reading Peter Reading, “nothing has changed since then: fraud and disappointment, hunger and misery, havoc and pestilence, murder and slaughter. The apocalypse is on the horizon, accelerated in the 20th century.”

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Evagatory by Peter Reading – Audio

Evagatory, Peter Reading, 1992
Publisher: Chatto & Windus

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Peter Reading says of this volume. “It started life as an intention to produce a mixture of a picaresque Odyssey travelogue. Well, I’ve fallen miserably short of that idea, not least in length, but the idea of wandering and repetitive occurrences of the same voice under different circumstances I have managed to keep.”

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Shitheads by Peter Reading – Audio

Shitheads, Peter Reading, 1990
Publisher: Squirrelprick Press

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In November 1989, Peter Reading announced, “a very short limited edition of about a dozen poems, which I found myself with. They are all slightly separate and they all have titles. I wasn’t going to expand them into anything larger. But they all, as it turned, out, go together. They include some translations of short pieces by Catullus into the original metres…and some of my own. They’re all about unsatisfactory people. It’s called Shitheads.”

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Perduta Gente by Peter Reading – Audio

Perduta Gente, Peter Reading, 1989
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

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Perduta Gente, a Poetry Book Society Choice, garnered international attention for Reading. The book has a strong single vision put forward in untitled poems, prose pieces, photocopied newspapers, and excerpts from secret documents, all on unnumbered pages, so that it can be read in any order. “Perduta Gente is the unmitigated summation of human catastrophe Reading has been moving towards…the ills of humanity, unmitigable though inflected by changing times, are Reading’s theme, and this time he’s managed to get most of them in.”

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Final Demands by Peter Reading – Audio

Final Demands, Peter Reading, 1988
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

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Final Demands, Peter Reading’s thirteenth volume, continues with his theme, “an on-running meditation on the impotence of his art.” The book has unnumbered pages containing a collage of untitled poems and prose from various voices, including a chapter from a novel (pseudo-found) and letters Reading describes as found material “some reworked, some verbatim.” Reading created visual differentiation of the voices by use of type style, from ornate handwriting to italics, large children’s book typeface, and typewriter print.

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Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour, 12 December 2013 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 12, 2013.

Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour

“Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour” with Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, John Keene, Tisa Bryant, Sharan Strange, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis.

The Dark Room Collective was formed in 1988 in Boston by a group of young African American poets as a means of providing community to both established and emerging writers in the form of a reading series. This 25th Anniversary event with nearly all of the original founding members marks the end of the group’s reunion tour.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

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Stet by Peter Reading – Audio

Stet, Peter Reading, 1986
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

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Stet, which won the Whitbread Prize, is short, only 40 pages, the poems are untitled, and it is the first Reading book without page numbers. There are 79 “units”, scattered across the pages, in collage format. Here memories of childhood, wars, the arms industry, the state of the British economy, politics, destruction of rainforest are presented as disparate themes in a cohesive vision.

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