PHONE-A-POEM: A Selection of Archival & Newly-Commissioned Answering Machine Poems (2013)

Phone-A-Poem Online presents highlights from an installation that celebrates the popular Cambridge-based poetry hotline, Phone-A-Poem (1976-2001). Founded by Peter Payack (and later edited by Roland Pease), Phone-A-Poem invited hundreds of poets—including Allen Ginsberg, Jane Kenyon and James Tate—to create answering-machine length recordings of individual poems which the public could access by dialing the hotline. In honor of the series, the Poetry Room has digitized select recordings from the archive and commissioned several new answering-machine poems (of 90-seconds or less) by such poets as Dan Beachy-Quick, Charles Bernstein, C.A. Conrad, Jon Cotner, Forrest Gander, Gabriel Gudding, Dorothea Lasky, Paul Legault, Filip Marinovich and Anne Waldman.