Otago poetry and poetics podcasts

Lisa Samuels poetry with a pulse Dunedin 31 July 2013

Lisa Sameuls reading, with Loveday Why and David Howard behind. Dunedin, 31 July 2013.

Some of the recordings from last year’s Poetry with a Pulse series of readings, held in Dunedin, New Zealand, are now online and available for download below and on the University of Otago’s Humanities podcasts page. These include recordings of readings by Lisa Samuels, David Howard, Jaap Blonk, Rhian Gallagher, and Bernadette Hall, with recordings of readings by Sue Wootton, Selina Marsh, Rogelio Guedea, Fiona Farrell, Michele Leggott, David Eggleton, and Vincent O’Sullivan still to come. The two Poetry with a Pulse series were brilliantly curated by Lynley Edmeades, Orchid Tierney and Loveday Why, and supported by the University of Otago Division of Humanities Performing Arts Fund.

In addition, I’m delighted that Brian Reed’s wonderful lecture on deletion poetics, delivered at the University of Otago in August 2012 is now online.

Poetry with a Pulse, Series II (curated by Lynley Edmeades and Loveday Why)

David Howard & Lisa Samuels MP3 (57.15 MB) or  MP4 (86.00 MB) (recorded 31 July 2013)

Poetry with a Pulse (curated by Lynley Edmeades and Orchid Tierney)

Jaap Blonk on Sound Poetry MP3 (73.98 MB) MP4 (196.42 MB)
(recorded 28 February 2013)

Rhian Gallagher MP3 (31.74 MB) or MP4 (91.43 MB) (recorded 14 February 2013)

Bernadette Hall MP3 (33.05 MB) and MP4 (89.11 MB) (recorded 14 February 2013)

Brian Reed – Less is More: Contemporary Poems Composed Through Deletion (MP3: 61.49 MB)
Open lecture by Professor Brian Reed, Department of English, University of Washington. Since the turn of the millennium, a number of poets have begun composing verse by taking pre-existing texts and selectively deleting words, phrases, sentences, and even whole sections. Does it make sense to call such poets “writers” in anything but a very loose sense, since, instead of generating text, they remove it? Moreover, since they give us nothing but passages of borrowed language with the original word order preserved intact, can we say that they are sharing their unique thoughts, experiences, and emotions? This talk will argue that today’s poetry-by-subtraction is best understood as an inventive response to information overload. (Recorded 2 August 2012.)


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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