Stan Persky (most likely) reads from Wrestling the Angel (Talonbooks, 1976) as well as a few unpublished poems.

Introducer - Gladys Hindmarch

00:00:00.00

Stan and I both view Gertrude Stein as sort of eternal and I find that I can never read more than two pages of her at a time, like you just sort of become hypnotized, but she's pretty good to...like when I'm starting, trying to get into something to start to write and if I just read, you know just open one of her books at any sort of page, you know just at random and I just read two or three sentences, sometimes a paragraph, never more than that...and so I'm going to introduce Stan with a couple of Gertrude Stein sentences.  "There's singularly nothing that makes a difference, a difference in beginning, and in middle, and in ending, except that each generation has something different at which they are all looking.  By this I mean so simply that anybody knows it that composition is the difference which makes each and all of them then different from other generations, and this is what makes everything different, otherwise they're all like, and everybody knows it because everybody says it."  Stan Persky.

 

Stan Persky

00:01:13.62

Yeah, I'm doing fine.  The reading that I'm going to give is called "The Day," and what it is is pieces of everything that I'm onto right now, and so you have to bear with how ever unable to follow it out.  And of course, like what we're trying to do is give you some sense of what it's like to be out where we are.

 

Annotation

00:01:45.25

Reads "Notebook, around August 20th, 1969"

 

Stan Persky

00:03:34.14

Is that unbearably fast?

 

Annotation

00:03:38.89

Reads "Notebook, around August 25th, 1969"

 

Stan Persky

00:07:16.69

"Notebook, Sunday, August 29th or 30th, 1969"  You can see the energy this takes, it's just...[laughs, sighs.]  This is barely doing it.  "Jim and Franz..."  I'm going to try to read one of these a little more slowly, maybe.

 

Annotation

00:07:42.25

Reads "Notebook, Sunday, August 29th or 30th, 1969"

 

Stan Persky

00:11:45.39

This one's a longer pull if that's possible.  "The Marriage."  Angela, this is the gossip for you.  Coming in here, I was thinking, who's sitting in the room, and you'd like to hear your names [laughs.]...Arnie..."The Marriage."

 

Annotation

00:12:23.29

Reads "The Marriage"

 

Annotation

00:18:56.58

Persky pauses to take a sip of water; continues with the line, "What is an interruption that isn't one?"  Audience laughs; Persky responds, "Tricky dick!" and laughs; audience laughter.

 

Annotation

00:19:10.10

Continues "The Marriage".

 

Annotation

00:27:55.38

Audeince applause concludes the reading of this poem; edit/cut in recording; recommences with another poem, no introduction.

 

Annotation

00:27:57.87

Reads "To Gladys".

 

Annotation

00:34:54.98

Audience laughter follows the poem's last lines: "Is British Columbia inhabited?  No maam, just large game animals and God."

 

Stan Persky

00:34:59.11

"October 24th, 1969"  Did I write this for this, did I write this reading?

 

Annotation

00:35:08.35

Reads "October 24th, 1969".

 

Annotation

00:36:46.96

Reads "Jamie."

 

Stan Persky

00:39:49.53

And the last three...

 

Annotation

00:39:52.30

Cut/Edit made in tape here; no indication of how much time elapsed in cut.

 

Annotation

00:39:53.26

Reads "Wednesday, November 5th, 1969, by Hunter's Creek".

 

Annotation

00:42:04.53

Reads "Fred Study.  Notebook, Friday, November 7th, 1969, Fred Study."

 

Stan Persky

00:44:17.37

And at last, to finish, as far as it's gone, or whatever it is, "The Day."

 

Annotation

00:44:26.91

Reads "The Day".

 

Annotation

00:46:38.09

Tape ends suddenly; no audience applause; presumably end of poem?  Last line on recording is, "Is that it?"

Stan Persky at SGWU, 1969

Tape
Catalog numberI006-11-137
Duration00:46:38.09
Sound qualityGood
Reading
SpeakersStan Persky, introduced by Gladys Hindmarch
VenueH-651 -- Mixed Lounge
DateNov. 21, 1969
Timestamps

00:00- Gladys Hindmarch introduces Stan Persky.

01:13- Stan Persky introduces reading and the poem “Notebook, around August 20th, 1969”.

01:45- Reads “Notebook, around August 20th, 1969”.

03:35- Stan asks audience about speed of his reading.

03:38- Reads “Notebook, around August 25th, 1969”.

07:16- Introduces “Notebook, around August 29th or 30th, 1969”.

07:42- Reads “Notebook, around August 29th, or 30th, 1969”.

11:45- Introduces “The Marriage”.

12:23- Reads “The Marriage”.

18:56- Interrupts poem

19:10- Continues “The Marriage”.

27:57- Reads “To Gladys”.

34:59- Introduces “October 24th, 1969”.

35:08- Reads “October 24th, 1969”.

36:46- Reads “Jamie”.

39:53- Reads “Wednesday, November 5th, 1969, by Hunter’s Creek”.

42:04- Reads “Fred Study. Notebook, Friday, November 7th, 1969”

44:26- Introduces “The Day”.

44:26- Reads “The Day”.

46:38- END OF RECORDING.

References

Works Cited

Bowering, George and Brad Robinson (eds). The Oral Literary History of Vancouver: Stan Persky’s Section. Vancouver: Beaver Kosmos Foli #5. (date unknown).

Persky, Stan. Topic Sentence: A Writer’s Education. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2007.

---. Wrestling the Angel. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1977.

---. “Robin Blaser, 1925-2009: Death’s Duty”. dooneyscafe.com. May 8, 2009. January 6, 2010. <http://www.dooneyscafe.com/archives/1593>.

Twigg, Allen. “Persky, Stan”. BC BookWorld Canada. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University, 2007. January 6, 2010.
<http://www.abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=1850>.

“People: Stan Persky”. Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties. Vancouver: The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia and the grunt gallery. January 6, 2010.
<http://www.vancouverartinthesixties.com/people/185>.

“Stan Persky”. The Writers’ Union of Canada: Members’ Pages. The Writer’s Union of Canada, 2009. January 6, 2010.
<http://www.writersunion.ca/ww_profile.asp?mem=73>.

 

Transcript by: Rachel Kyne
Print Catalogue, Intro, Research and Edits: by Celyn Harding-Jones


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