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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.

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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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C by Peter Reading – Audio

C, Peter Reading, 1984
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

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C was Reading’s seventh book and the fourth to receive a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. It consists of 100 100-word units, some in prose form, some in diverse verse forms: haiku, sonnet, iambic pentameter, amongst many others. Reading said of it, “C is about having a terminal illness and ways in which people confront death and dying.”

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Diplopic by Peter Reading – Audio

Diplopic, Peter Reading, 1983
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

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For Diplopic, his sixth book, Peter Reading received the Dylan Thomas Award. The judges explained their decision in these words: “The judges’ decision is that the Award should go to Peter Reading for poems in his collection, Diplopic. In these we especially admired the combination of comedy, intellectual inventiveness, fantasy (reaching for a shared reality) and energy of expression.” In explaining the book’s title, Reading wrote, “Diplopic means pertaining to double vision. Every subject is treated from two sides. The funny and the ghastly are symbiotic…The book is meant to work as a whole, not just a gathering of poems, so that sub-plots recur throughout a bit like a novel. The book is meant to be funny and horrible.”

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Luis Alberto Urrea with Michael Silverblatt, 20 November 2013 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 20, 2013.

Luis Alberto Urrea with Michael Silverblatt

Luis Alberto Urrea’s native Mexico has always served as the author’s muse, inspiring all 13 books that span five genres. His nonfiction The Devil’s Highway tells the harrowing story of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. Urrea’s novels The Hummingbird’s Daughter and its sequel,Queen of America, chronicle the life of beloved healer Teresita Urrea, deemed “the Mexican Joan of Arc.” Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea grew up along both sides of the border, forever affected by its dichotomy, brutality and richness, saying, “Borders everywhere are a symbol of what divides us. That’s what interests me.”

This was a Lannan Literary Event.

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5x5x5x5x5x by Peter Reading – Audio

5x5x5x5x5x, Peter Reading, 1983
Publisher: Ceolfrith Press

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5x5x5x5x5 was conceived as collaboration with artist, David Butler, and originally published with his images. It consists of 5 sections, each section of 5 units, each unit 5 stanzas, each stanza 5 lines, each line 5 syllables (there is one hypercatalectic line in 2 v). 5 personae are observed in 5 (licensed) locations.
The following is the first two stanzas of Unit 1, Section 1:
A dead wombat, stuffed
with contemptuous
disregard for all
anatomical
possibility,
is nailed to a beam
with a Davy lamp
and a World War I
gas-mask and a glass
fashioned like a boot.

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