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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

graphic for Peter Reading, Final Demands

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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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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You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the video recordings of this event there.

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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.

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

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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.”

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

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Diplopic by Peter Reading – Audio

Diplopic, Peter Reading, 1983
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

graphic of Peter Reading, Diplopic

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.”

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

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