To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
it is as if nothing happened
though those who lived it thought
that everything was happening
enough to name a world for & a time
to hold it in your hand
unlimited.......the last delusion
like the perfect mask of death

Monday, April 5, 2010

Reconfiguring Romanticism (40): An Eight-Part Series on KPFA San Francisco

The following is the full program for an eight-part series on Poems for the Millennium, volume 3, The University of California Book of Romantic & Pre-Romantic Poetry, prepared by Jack Foley for presentation on Cover to Cover, his longrunning program on KPFA-FM (Pacifica Radio) in San Francisco. Show times are Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. beginning on April 14, barring occasional changes or preemptions.

April 14
Today’s is the first show in an eight-part series based on Poems for the Millennium Volume 3: The University of California Book of Romantic and Postromantic Poetry, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson. Today’s show, a prequel, features Jack Foley reading “Hamlet, Keats, and La Conscience de Soi.”

April 21
Poems for the Millennium Volume 3 continued. Today’s show features excerpts from William Bolcom’s setting of Blake’s Songs of Innocence & Experience; Katherine Hastings on Poems for the Millennium; Leslie Scalapino reading from Rousseau, “Reveries of the Solitary Walker” and, in its entirety, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.”

April 28
Poems for the Millennium.
Interview with co-editor Jerome Rothenberg.

May 5
Poems for the Millennium.
Michael Palmer reading: Ernest Jones, “The Song of the Low”; Christina Rossetti, “My Dream.” Two poems by Michael Palmer: “Bridge of Bones” and “Traumgedicht (Dream Poem).”

Diane di Prima reading: Lewis Carroll, the first of “3 Syllogisms”; Edward Lear, “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!”; from Washington Matthews, “The Navajo Night Chant”; Walt Whitman, “I Sing the Body Electric,” Part Two;
William Blake, “London.”
Jack Foley reading: “Blind Raftery”; Rilke, “An Archaic Statue of Apollo.”


June 2
Poems for the Millennium.
Katherine Hastings reading: Mary Shelley, “The King of Cats”; Adah Isaacs Menken, “Sale of Souls.”

Michael McClure reading: Keats, “Dream and Dream Sonnet: Paolo & Francesca”; Shelley, “Lift Not the Painted Veil.”

Bill Berkson reading: Keats, “Sonnet on Fame”; Coleridge, “Urine”; Selections from Rimbaud, “The Drunken Boat”; (Ted Berrigan translation); Robert Burns, “A Red, Red Rose”

The Cast performing two songs by Robert Burns: “Ye Banks & Braes” and “Auld Lang Syne” (original tune).

June 9
Poems for the Millennium.
E.E. Cummings reading: Wordsworth, “Ode on Intimations of Immortality” (1952).

Jack & Adelle Foley reading: Baudelaire, “Litanies of Satan.”

Serge Bouzouki & Patrick Janvier reading with music: Baudelaire, “L’Etranger.”

June 16
Poems for the Millennium.
Jerome Rothenberg reading: Goethe, “Mignon’s Song”; Vuk Karadzic, “A Poem for the Goddess”; Mikhail Lermontov, “New Year’s Poem”; Cyprian Norwid, “Chopin’s Piano”; from Rimbaud, “Second Delirium: Alchemy of the Word”; Adah Isaacs Menken, “Judith.”

Jack & Adelle Foley reading: Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind.”

June 23
Poems for the Millennium (concluding show in the series).
Jack Foley reading: Fernando Pessoa’s attack on Romanticism (from The Book of Disquiet); two passages from Thomas De Quincey.

Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson (from The Belle of Amherst).

The voices of Alfred Lord Tennyson & Walt Whitman

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