Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ceptuetics 12-19-07

Listen to today's show, which veered off in many directions...

Marcel Broodthaers "Interview With A Cat (excerpt)"

Tan Lin "1935 "The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics"

Susan Stone "Langue Etude" Tellus #11 (The Sound of Radio) {1985}

Jarrod Fowler "The Weather, by Kenneth Goldsmith"

On Kawara "1994-2613 AD (excerpt)" One Million Years

Christian Bok "Mushroom Clouds" The Cyborg Opera

Henri Chopin "Rouge" {1956}

Eberhard Blum "Track 5" 62 Mesostics Re: Merce Cunningham
(Hat Now) CD {text by John Cage}

Kimberly Lyons "11 Spiders" {2006}

If you like the Susan Stone track, check out the three new Tellus cassettes presented on Ubu, great stuff brought to you by Danny Snelson and Continuo.

2007 Favorites

Favorite albums of 2007
1. These Are Powers - "Terrific Seasons" (Hoss)
2. Black Dice - "Load Blown" (Paw Tracks)
3. The Fiery Furnaces - "Widow City" (Thrill Jockey)
4. Panda Bear - "Person Pitch" (Paw Tracks)
5. KK Null - "Fertile" (Touch)
6. M.I.A. - "Kala" (XL/Interscope)
7. Liars - "Liars" (Mute)
8. Aa - "gAame" (Gigantic)
9. Sightings - "Through the Panama" (Load)
10. Magik Markers - "Boss" (Ecstatic Peace)

and reissues...
Negativland - A Big 10-8 Place (Seeland)
Glenn Branca - Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (Atavistic)
Lily Greenham - Lingual Music (Paradigm)
Culture - Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie)
Ruins - Refusal Fossil (Skin Graft)
Laurie Anderson - Big Science (Nonesuch)

poems, videos, bonus tracks...
Linh Dinh - Jam Alerts (Chax)
Cheryl Donegan - Refuses (on Ubu)
Kenneth Goldsmith - Traffic (Make Now)
Aram Saroyan - Complete Minimal Poems (Ugly Duckling)
David Schafer - In the Year 2525 remix (scroll down his Ubu page)
Juliana Spahr - Intricate Systems (The Press Gang)
Edwin Torres - The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos)
Hannah Weiner's Open House, ed. Patrick Durgin (Kenning Editions)

(Add your own top 10 list here.)
I'll be on WNYU tomorrow from 4-8pm, doing a Wednesday edition of the New Afternoon Show and then Ceptuetics. Tune in at 7:30 to hear Marcel Broodthaers interviewing a cat.

Tomorrow Kenny Goldsmith will be singing theory with accompaniment from Alan Licht. Also performing: C. Spencer Yeh. At the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, 8pm.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo came into ceptuetics yesterday and talked with me about his latest project, Collapsible Poetics Theater, a series of polyvocal pieces, body movement poems, and poetics plays that will be collected next year by Fence Books. He also aired a radio play, "Eco-Strato-Static" (text for this and other CPT pieces available at his EPC page).

Download the show here

The Collapsible Poetics Theater is an all volunteer effort, one that assembles itself within a given 48-72 hour period of each performance. Each locale (with its resident poets, experienced actors, experienced non-actors) brings an entirely new set of possibilities. It is reminiscent of Commedia Dell'Arte in its traveling, portable, rapid-set up qualities. To be sure, Poetics Theater fits into the poetry scene as a baby does in itchy burlap; it fits into the drama scene as does a little crown, little scepter, little gown, all neatly stored in a metal suitcase (quite literally!). The dings are just dings. The persistent question is: can the poem be tested any further?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Upcoming Guests

Tune in next Wednesday to hear Rodrigo Toscano on ceptuetics. For those unfamiliar with his work:

Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve, Platform, The Disparities, and Partisans. His new collection Collapsible Poetics Theater, which was a National Poetry Series 2007 selection, is due out in 2008. Toscano is the artistic coordinator for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His experimental poetics plays, body movement poems, and polyvocalic pieces have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival, Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival (Alexandria, Virginia), and in Teubingen, Germany. His poetics radio pieces have been aired on WPIX FM, New York, PS. 1 Radio, KAOS Public Radio, Olympia. Toscano is originally from the Borderlands of California. He works at the Labor Institute in Manhattan, and lives in Brooklyn.

In addition, tomorrow the Fiery Furnaces will be coming into my other radio show (The New Afternoon Show, a new rock/electronic/ experimental/noise show that has been running on WNYU for 25+ years). The Fiery Furnaces are one of my favorite indie rock bands to emerge since 2000, and I'm very excited to have them on for a live performance + interview. Tune in tomorrow around 5:30-6:45 pm (full show runs from 4-7:30), as always at 89.1FM,, or directly on iTunes, under "eclectic" in the radio section.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sara Wintz on ceptuetics

Sara Wintz reads several short poems from a manuscript on language & gender, discusses those topics, her reading practices, Language poetry, regionalism and more here.

The file throws you into her second poem after the intro and hellos, so here is a bio:

Description: Sara Wintz is lead singer of the pretty panicks press and co-publisher of :::thepressgang:::, publisher of juliana spahr's recent chapbook, intricate systems, and--in december--karen volkman's one might. Sara's writing has appeared in cricketonlinereview, shampoo poetry, ecopoetics, and canwehaveourballback.

Apologies to Sara & friends for the delay in airing + recording! Hope you enjoy it all the same.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


To those who tuned in this past Wednesday to hear Sara Wintz, I'm very sorry the interview didn't air. I was out of town for the holidays and an earlier interview (with Steve Zultanski) was aired by mistake.

So, Sara Wintz will now be reading & talking about her poetry this coming Wednesday the 28th from 7:30-8:00pm. If you miss it, catch it afterwards at or right here.

Thanks for the interest!

Friday, November 16, 2007

ceptuetics 11-14-07

Download Wednesday's show here. I think this one's the most fun non-guest show to date (minus a couple technical slips!), so check it out.
7:30 PM Jerome Rothenberg "Horse Song XI" Horse Songs & Other Soundings (S Press)
7:35 PM Abigail Child "From Solids (excerpts)" From Solids (Roof Books)
7:37 PM Charles Bernstein "1-100" {1969}
7:42 PM Kristin Oppenheim "Tap Your Shoes" {1996}
7:45 PM Jed Rasula "Repeat If Necessary" {2000}
7:48 PM David Cameron "The Lemonade Man" Flowers of Bad (Unbelievable Alligator)
7:52 PM Edwin Torres "Some Kind of Rip In What I See" {2006}
7:58 PM Kenneth Goldsmith "Slobodan Milosevic and Kenny G" {WFMU, 2006}

Next week, my friend Sara Wintz will be on the show. Until then, you can read some of her poetry here and here.

Also, I will be reading along with friends at 169 Bar this Monday, around 6pm. Stop by, and check out the now regularly updated Minetta Review calendar for upcoming NYC readings. There are a bunch of great events this weekend.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Steve Zultanski on Ceptuetics

Following Saturday's President's Choice reading, Steve Zultanski stopped by yesterday on ceptuetics. He read portions of his chapbook Homoem (Radical Readout, 2005), along with a few other poems of his, which likewise sample and problematize some of the most disturbing characteristics of contemporary media and politics through a persistent, repetitive "list-poem" form. In addition to discussing his own work, we talked about his journal Presidents Choice.

Listen to the full show here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

President's Choice Release Party this Saturday

From Steve Zultanski, editor of the awesome new journal Presidents Choice:

Hi all,

Just letting you know that on Nov. 3 in NYC there's going to be a great reading to launch the first issue of President's Choice magazine.

The readers:

Rodrigo Toscano
Kim Rosenfield
Kareem Estefan
Brian Kim Stefans
Robert Fitterman
Lawrence Giffin
Lauren Spohrer

All appearing at:

The 169 Bar (169 East Broadway) in Manhattan,
on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 - 8

[Google Map]

The cost is a whopping $5 (five dollars).

Hope to see each and every one of you there.

In the meantime, President's Choice is still available right here:

Friday, October 26, 2007

Christian Marclay at Anthology Film Archives

by Christian Marclay

Image track: BLOW-UP (1966) by Michelangelo Antonioni.
Sound track: BLOW OUT (1981) by Brian De Palma.

"The creative premise of UP AND OUT is stupefyingly simple. Christian Marclay lifts the picture from Antonioni's BLOW-UP and the soundtrack from De Palma's BLOW OUT (two movies which are not unrelated, the former about photography and latent voyeurism, the latter about sound recording and latent eavesdropping) and thrusts these partial cinematic systems along unaccustomed courses of solitude. Each has been forcibly divorced from the sounds or images of a now-absent partner, towards which its structure and meaning were originally devised. In Marclay's video, they never quite conjoin but relentlessly, and independently, hurry ahead to their assigned ends. The clandestine liaisons which they occasionally seem to carry on, vertically across time, occur only as conjurations of the spectator's imagination... "UP AND OUT is a Cage-ian gambit, a forcing together by chance of two readymade elements which do not necessarily belong in the same space. The thematic and rhythmic kinship of one film to another (De Palma was a terrific student of his predecessors) makes the coincidences all the more delectable and persuasive. Marclay reveals the formulization of cinema to stand outside our conventional notions of time. We are invited to introduce our memories - the experience of watching movies, perhaps the experience of watching these movies - complex temporal engagements which we habitually suspend in the cinema. With UP AND OUT, Marclay submits the vectors of time to perceptible scrutiny."
-Ben Portis, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Published in CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: CINEMA, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (Ontario) 2000.

Friday night screening only: Film critic Amy Taubin will be present for a conversation with Christian Marclay following the screening.
Upcoming Showings:

* Sunday Oct 28 8:00 PM
* Saturday Oct 27 8:00 PM
* Friday Oct 26 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lawrence Giffin on Ceptuetics

Here's yesterday's show,
Lawrence Giffin is the series editor of The Physical Poets Home Library, a small-run journal featuring various American poetry communities' self-edited work. He read from the manuscript Applied Traumatics, which examines the nature of language, child sexuality, and privation through the figures of Christ, Helen Keller, and "Genie," the 'feral' child of Arcadia, California. He also read short pieces from another manuscript, as well as work by Marie Buck, Brad Flis, and Steven Zultanski, as featured in Physical Poets Issue One. You can find out more about the Physical Poets journal at

Links to archived shows are now permanent. You can also find Rob Fitterman's reading here for good.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Apologies for the delay, here's the latest ceptuetics.

1. Xavier Gautier - Lydia (Notre Travail Benefique, 2001)
2. Dick Higgins - Omnia Gallia (1980)
3. Edwin Torres - E Man's Proclamation (The PoPedology of an Ambient Language, Atelos)
4. Jena Osman - Dropping Leaflets (2001)
5. Bob Cobbing - Suesequence (Konkrete Canticle, 1971)
6. Craig Dworkin - from Strand (Roof, 2005)
7. Aram Saroyan - Crickets (10 + 2 = 12: American Text-Sound Pieces, 1965)

The following day, I saw Aram Saroyan read "Crickets" at Poets House, where he was speaking along with Elaine Equi on the topic of minimalist poetry. It remained a beautiful piece, with the mimetic "ts" sound slowly detaching itself from the rest of the word to fill the room with a noise sadly absent in New York City.

"Crickets" is not only equally effective on the page and in performance, but remarkably, each presentation reveals something about the other. I was disappointed to hear that some of my other favorite Saroyan poems - "sky/every/day" or "a leaf/left/by the/cat/I guess" - sounded rushed and lost the visual elements when he read them. Many people have remarked that Aram Saroyan: Complete Minimal Poems is an amazingly fast read, and I also went through its 250 or so pages in about 15 minutes, but there is something unnerving in watching Saroyan read one of his poems while holding the following page open. Saroyan compared his poems with only one word to Warhol's images of celebrities, and in the same way we react to a beautiful and familiar face, I think it's important to stare at Saroyan's words for as long as we want.

Still, that's only one of many reactions I had in watching one of my favorite poets read pieces he had been good and done with for forty years. He told us that by 1967 he had abandoned the minimal poem, and in recent years has not written poetry at all, except for one piece prompted by the release of his Complete Minimal Poems. This poem, entitled "Autobiography", begins with the words "1943, 1944, 1945" and yes, continues through "2005, 2006, 2007." On the page, I don't think it would be very interesting at this point in Saroyan's career, but it was a wonderfully performative autobiography. Saroyan looked down at the podium during the 40s, looked up at the audience after '49 to announce with a chuckle "I've got this piece memorized," then slowly read through the following 58 words with his attention divided between the audience and the podium, his voice faltering at times so that despite the inevitability of the piece, there was actually a tense feeling that we might not arrive at the present year. Most of what we know and celebrate about Saroyan ends with the 1960s, and in a discussion that largely stayed fixed in a moment of Warhol, Kerouac, and Creeley, "Autobiography" was both a chillingly blank and expressive look at what followed.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Rob Fitterman reads and talks poetics

Here's an mp3 of yesterday's show. Rob read from two new manuscripts, Sprawl (Metropolis 31-40) and Rob the Plagiarist, and answered my questions about his use of appropriated language, his development towards the long poem/book format, and aspects of his genre-annihilating work with visual artist Dirk Rowntree, War: the Musical (Subpress).

Rob Fitterman on ceptuetics

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Rob Fitterman performance tonight

Rob Fitterman will be appearing on ceptuetics tonight to read from his new manuscript "Rob the Plagiarist" and talk to me about his poetry. Rob teaches at NYU and has been a great influence and friend since I took a course with him last year, so I'm very happy to have him as my first guest. Tune in tonight at 7:30-8:00 EST, as always.

A bio:
Robert Fitterman is the author of nine books of poetry, including three installments of his ongoing poem Metropolis: Metropolis 1-15 (Sun & Moon Press, 2000), Metropolis 16-29 (Coach House Books, 2002), and Metropolis XXX: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edge Books, 2004). Earlier titles include Leases (Periphery Press), among the cynics (Singing Horse Press) and Ameresque (Buck Downs Books). His most recent title, War, the musical, is a collaboration with artist Dirk Rowntree. He teaches at New York University in both the General Studies Program and the Department of English, and also the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ceptuetics #3

Here's the third show archived.

Ceptuetics #3

1. Emmett Williams "Duet" The Dial-A-Poem Poets (Giorno Poetry Systems) CD
2. Hannah Weiner "excerpt from Spoke" Live at the Ear Inn (Oracular Laboratory) CD
3. Barbara Cole "from Situation Comedies: Foxy Moron" CD
4. Rodrigo Toscano "Portrait Seven" The Disparities (Green Integer) CD
5. Joan La Barbara "Poem #61" 73 Poems (Permanent Press) CD
6. Charles Amirkhanian "Just" 10 + 2 = 12 American Text-Sound Pieces CD
7. Gertrude Stein "If I Told Him: A Complete Portrait of Picasso" CD

Friday, September 7, 2007

Debut Show

Here's an mp3 of the first edition of ceptuetics. I was very happy with the show despite a couple technical problems and more than a little nervousness. This mp3 will only be available for the next week until I figure out where to host large files. If you miss it, you can always stream at WNYU's archives.

Ceptuetics Debut

Featured on this show:

Brion Gysin - "I Am" Machine-Poem
John Cage - excerpt from Mureau
Rae Armantrout - Manufacturing
Caroline Bergvall - excerpt from Via: Dante Variations
Christian Bok - excerpt from Chapter I of Eunoia
Ernst Jandl - What You Can Do Without Vowels
Paul de Vree - Kids

Monday, September 3, 2007


Featuring a tribute to John Cage on his (posthumous) 95th birthday.

To listen online, go to WNYU.ORG OR iTunes Radio (WNYU is listed under "eclectic").

If you can't tune in Wednesday nights, each show will be archived as a stream at WNYU and as a downloadable mp3 right here.

For a preview of ceptuetics, listen to the promo, a collage of some favorites (see below).

R. Henry Nigl - Shout Art
K. Silem Mohammad - Peace Kittens
Gertrude Stein - If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso
Rob Fitterman - from Metropolis
Darren Wershler-Henry - from The Tapeworm Foundry
Ernst Jandl - What You Can Do Without Vowels
Yoko Ono flushing a toilet
Aram Saroyan - Crickets
Adachi Tomomi - Ursonate (by Kurt Schwitters)
John Cage - First Sonata for Prepared Piano
Christian Bok - Chapter U (from Eunoia)

poetry samples courtesy of UbuWeb, except for Mohammad and Wershler-Henry, courtesy of PennSound