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March 20, 2009

Kathleen Fraser Interviews Hadley Haden Guest (Barbara Guest Series)

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.

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March 19, 2009

Rena Rosenwasser with Hadley Haden Guest (Barbara Guest Series)

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.

Works discussed:

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

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March 18, 2009

Patricia Dienstfrey with Hadley Haden Guest (Barbara Guest Series)

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.

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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.

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June 19, 2008

Elizabeth Robinson reads from Bed of Lists and House Made of Silver

00:00 introduction by Patricia Dienstfrey
04:44 Prologue to Lemon Tree
05:44 Lemon Tree
09:14 end

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Bed of Lists
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00:00 Introduction
00:48 Salisbury Plain
02:04 Coal
03:20 Dust Bowl
05:20 The Array of Orthodoxy
07:01 Norte
07:53 Mexican Rain
10:52 For Karin
11:29 Meshes
13:09 The Sheep
16:03 end

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house made of silver
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00:00 The Excess
01:24 Its Companion
02:15 Return
04:46 Term
06:13 The Ferry
09:22 Emitted Adoration
15:39 end

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September 14, 2007

Kathleen Fraser, something (even human voices) in the foreground, a lake

00:00 Introduction
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
1:06:50 end

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April 18, 2007

Myung Mi Kim, Under Flag.

Recorded on March 2, 2007.

Ross Craig, Sound Engineer

00:00 Introduction by Hazel White
00:28 These Fishing
02:46 Commentary by Myung
05:40 Demarcation
07:47 Commentary by Myung
08:55 And Sing We
11:47 Food, Shelter, Clothing
15:30 Commentary by Myung
18:30 end

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April 15, 2007

Susan Gevirtz Reads from Black Box Cutaway

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

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March 1, 2007

Laynie Browne reads from Rebecca Letters

Thanks to Ross Craig, sound engineer.

In this recording, Laynie reads from untitled sections of her KSP book.

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  Introduction by KSP and Laynie

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  pp11-13

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  pp16-21

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  pp23-26

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  p28

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  p30

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  pp33-35

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  pp37-39

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  p42

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  p45

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  p47

February 19, 2007

Laura Mullen Reads from The Tales of Horror

00:00 KSP intro
00:27 Laura discusses Tales of Horror
02:57 Epigraph
03:14 Overture
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

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December 10, 2006

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Concordance

Recorded on October 29,  2006.
Ross Craig, Sound Engineer.

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  Introduction

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  Concordance

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  Red Quiet

Purchase Concordance from KSP.

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