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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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Audience Q&A, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 7, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, The Dark Room Collective answered questions from the audience. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

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Natasha Trethewey, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 6, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, Natasha Trethewey read from her work. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Major Jackson, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 5, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, Major Jackson read from his work. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Thomas Sayers Ellis with James Brandon Lewis on Saxophone, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 4, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, Thomas Sayers Ellis read from his work and was joined by James Brandon Lewis on the saxophone. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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John Keene, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 3, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, John Keene read from his work. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Tisa Bryant, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 2, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, Tisa Bryant read from her work. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Sharan Strange, Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective, Part 1, 12 December 2013 – Video

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

“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.

In this episode, Sharan Strange read from her work. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

Additional photos of this event are available on Flickr.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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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.

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

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