Read By: Catherine Barnett - 92Y, New York

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Read By: Catherine Barnett

Jan 10, 2021

Catherine Barnett on her selections: 

Because there are so many texts I love and because of the radical adjustments we’ve had to make in the space-time continuum, I chose to curate a small collection of poems and prose excerpts, each of which takes notice of, or is somehow guided by, time. I’ve included the following poems and excerpts, Da collection I’m calling “On the Specious Present and the So-Called Obvious Past.”

Philip Larkin, "Days"

From Samuel Beckett's "Texts for Nothing, #3"

Dominique Bechard, "Half a Party"

Gwendolyn Brooks, "An Aspect of Love: Alive in the Fire and Ice"

Guillaume Apollinaire, “There Is” or "Il y a"

Claudia Rankine, "Weather" 

John Berger, excerpt from his essay, "Paul Strand"

Saskia Hamilton, “On. On. Stop. Stop.”

Wislawa Szymborska, "May 16, 1973"

Yiyun Li, from "Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life"

Jean Valentine, “For Love”

Rick Barot, “The Galleons 4”

Ellen Bryant Voigt, “Storm"

Paul Celan, "So many constellations" (trans. Michael Hamburger)


Intro and outro from "Shift of Currents" by Blue Dot Sessions // CC BY-NC 2.0

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