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