Kathleen Fraser: July 17, 2007, Barbara Guest’s livingroom, Berkeley, CA
Single track. Guest’s years in New York City. Fraser’s first meeting with Guest in the context of the New York School poets and painters. Guests’s friendship with Frank O’Hara and other New York School poets and painters. Coming to modernist poetry. Influence of European refugees on American post-war culture. Guest’s apartment interiors, spaces and painting-filled walls. Politics and money and their influences on New York social life and poetic styles. Updown and downtown controversies in the NYC poetry scene during the fifties, sixties and seventies. Background on the writing of HD: HERSELF DEFINED, a biography, and SEEKING AIR, a novel. Guest’s feminism defined.
March 19, 2009
Rena Rosenwasser: October 23, 2007, Barbara Guest’s livingroom, Berkeley, CA
The main focus of this track is on Guest’s collaborations with visual artists throughout her writing career.
Guest’s visits to Berkeley in the eighties for readings and to stay for periods of time in friends’ homes. How “writing against personal difficulties” stimulated her middle and later poems. Combinations of adventurous spirit, risk-taking, insecurity, fear, opportunity, spontaneity as part of her process and an aspect of her modernism. Guest’s close friendship with artist, June Felter. The importance of the writing of “Chalk” in an empty Albany, CA classroom. Rosenwasser’s first meeting with Guest and their visits in NYC in the eighties. New York School views of life and art as not separate from social engagement of artists, writers, dancers, musicians in studios, museums, bars, parties and private conversations. Reasons for Guest’s move to the Bay Area in 1994. Guest’s immediate impact on the poetry Bay Area poetry scene among innovative feminist writers, students, and others. Discussion of some of her Bay Area poet friends. Guest’s many awards in later life, including the highly prestigious Robert Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime of Work in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America, 1999.
DEFENSIVE RAPTURE, Sun & Moon, 1993
QUILL, SOLITARY, APPARITION, Post-Apollo, 1996
THE CONFETTI TREES, Sun & Moon, 1999
Poem paintings with Mary Abbott in NYC and Ilse Getz in Paris
MUSICALITY: With artist June Felter, Kelsey Street Press, 1988
THE NUDE: With artist Warren Brandt, International Editions, 1989
THE ALTOS: With artist Richard Tuttle, Hank Hine Press, 1992
OFTEN: A play, in collaboration with poet Kevin Killian, performed at Small Press Traffic, 1990’s
STRIPPED TALES: With artist Anne Dunn, Kelsey Street Press, 1995
SYMBIOSIS: With artists Laurie Reid, Kelsey Street Press, 2000
DURER IN THE WINDOW: With artist Richard Tuttle and editor Africa Wayne, Roof Books, 2003
March 18, 2009
Patricia Dienstfrey: May 23, 2008, Barbara Guest’s livingroom, Berkeley, CA.
This interview focuses on Hadley Haden Guest’s memories of family life, growing up in a household with her mother, her stepfather, Trumble Higgins, and her half brother, Jonathan.
Track 1: Hadley’s early childhood memories of her father, Stephen Guest, and her stepfather, Trumble Higgins in New York City.
Track 2: Barbara Guest’s and Trumble Higgin’s differing perspectives on politics and class. Barbara Guest’s activism during the Vietnam War. Years in residence in Washington, D.C. during the Kennedy Administration. Entertaining at home. Styles of argument and discussion in the family context. Hadley’s years at boarding school and Bennington College. Barbara Guest’s style of criticism and her advise to Hadley starting out as a writer of children’s books.
June 19, 2008
00:00 introduction by Patricia Dienstfrey
04:44 Prologue to Lemon Tree
05:44 Lemon Tree
Bed of Lists
00:48 Salisbury Plain
03:20 Dust Bowl
05:20 The Array of Orthodoxy
07:53 Mexican Rain
10:52 For Karin
13:09 The Sheep
house made of silver
00:00 The Excess
01:24 Its Companion
06:13 The Ferry
09:22 Emitted Adoration
September 14, 2007
01:11 Something Even Human Voices
01:42 Conversation with Suzanne Stein, part 1
29:56 Medusas Hair Was Snakes
32:55 Conversation with Suzanne Stein, part 2
April 18, 2007
Recorded on March 2, 2007.
Ross Craig, Sound Engineer
00:00 Introduction by Hazel White
00:28 These Fishing
02:46 Commentary by Myung
07:47 Commentary by Myung
08:55 And Sing We
11:47 Food, Shelter, Clothing
15:30 Commentary by Myung
Buy Under Flag from KSP.
April 15, 2007
At the end of her reading, Susan talks with KSP member Hazel White about a fetishization of LA and film from the ’30s and ’40s.
00:00 KSP intro
00:26 intro to 12th of Never
02:16 12th of Never
07:16 Postscript to 12th of Never
08:12 Intro to Black Box Cutaway
11:45 Black Box Cutaway
29:23 Conversation with Hazel White
March 1, 2007
Thanks to Ross Craig, sound engineer.
In this recording, Laynie reads from untitled sections of her KSP book.Introduction by KSP and Laynie pp11-13 pp16-21 pp23-26 p28 p30 pp33-35 pp37-39 p42 p45 p47
February 19, 2007
00:00 KSP intro
00:27 Laura discusses Tales of Horror
04:43 The tales of horror
08:06 Things look better in the morning
11:28 (belated) prologue
15:30 A travel diary
24:25 (muted sobbing behind a closed door)
29:28 The cure