Al Filreis

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The “First Readings” commentary series

Have you checked out the commentary series I co-edit with Brian Reed* and Craig Dworkin? It’s called “First Readings.” We ask five critics & poet-critics to write up short initial responses to a supposedly “difficult” poem: https://jacket2.org/commentary/first-readings . * ModPo’ers will remember Brian’s terrific essay about Caroline Bergvall’s “VIA” we read...

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Stephen Metcalf and Wesley Morris on podcasting

On April 4, 2017, I moderated a discussion with Wesley Morris and Stephen Metcalf. In this video clip from the program, I ask Wesley about models for his own podcasting. The whole video (and also a link to the whole audio) can be found here at the Kelly Writers House...

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PoemTalk on “Zong!”

Today in KWH’s Wexler Studio I had the great pleasure of convening & moderating a new episode of PoemTalk. Amber Rose Johnson, Tracie Morris, Alexandria Johnson & I discussed six sections of NourbeSe Philip’s “Zong!” (It will be a few months before this episode will be available.)

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West Philly’s early spring

It’s been a few days since I walked from home to campus. Today I took my camera and enjoyed West Philly’s early spring colors—built and natural. Click on an image for a larger view.

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Out & about downtown

I went for two runs today around lower Manhattan variously. One jog was along the lordly Hudson. The other had me wandering and zigzagging through the Village. Here are four photos. Click on any image for a larger view.