PART 2: Public Access Poetry: Three Episodes


ca. 90 minutes, video.

(Note: this event takes place at Anthology Film Archive, 32 2nd Ave.)

Get your groove on and get a feel for the savvy DIY special effects techniques of PUBLIC ACCESS POETRY by watching three consecutive episodes from 1978. In the first, hosted by Bob Rosenthal, Ron Padgett gives a delightful reading from TOUJOURS L’AMORE (Sun, 1976). The following episode, again hosted by Rosenthal, features Bernadette Mayer shortly before she wrote her classic MIDWINTER DAY, and Lewis Warsh reading from BLUE HEAVEN (Kulchur, 1978). The final episode finds Peter Orlovsky reading from CLEAN ASSHOLE POEMS & SMILING VEGETABLE SONGS, shortly before it was to be published as Pocket Poets Series #37, by City Lights Books. He works in a talk about the benefit of urban fruit and nut trees, and then is joined for a set of music by Steven Hall on guitar (who also begins the show with a few poems) – and Arthur Russell fans take note, Russell appears on cello.

General Admission $9.

Funding to preserve PUBLIC ACCESS POETRY was made possible through a Consulting Fund re-grant from the New York State Literary Presenters Technical Assistance Program (LitTAP). LitTAP is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a State agency, and administered through Just Buffalo Literary Center. Additional funding was made possible through the generosity of two anonymous donors. All videos transferred by The Standby Program at MercerMedia with consulting support from Anthology Film Archives.