Paul Farley & Paul Muldoon
Paul Muldoon, that most eminent of contemporary poets, reads two of his short poems and introduces Paul Farley, that ever-increasingly-preeminent contemporary poet, who reads several works from his 2010 collection, The Atlantic Tunnel, along with Robert Frost's sonnet The Silken Tent, a kind of opening pitch for his first reading in the United States. These two remarkable writers then engage in a conversation that wends between considerations of the weight and significance--if not quite the anxiety--of influence and artistic traditions, the value of teaching and being taught poetry and the Beatles' LSD-supplying dentist. Muldoon isn't afraid to ask about inspiration or method, and neither is he afraid to ask Farley to just read the poems (39 minutes).
Channel 192 is curated by Jack Macrae, editor of the Henry Holt imprint Jack Macrae Books, who says that most bookstores, especially the leviathan Borders and Barnes and Noble, are not interested in books. So he and his wife, gallerist Paula Cooper, opened their own, 192 Books on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. Like bookstores of old, 192 houses a collection that is a very personal reflection of its owners. Programs appearing below were recorded during public readings at 192 Books or Paula Cooper Gallery.