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Greg Masters reads from What All the Songs Add Up To

I saw that Greg Masters was going to be having a book party for his new book, What All the Songs Add Up To, written from the 1970s to the present, some forty years of poems. What a great title for a book of poems. If I were a book, I’d be a little envious. I was not going to be in town for the party so I asked Greg if I could record him reading to help preserve the moment. Before leaving last week, I went over to his place, and let his book do the talking, a reading in one take, the easiest thing to edit, the best.


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Greg Masters. Photo by Barry Kornbluh

Greg has been in the East Village since the mid-70s. His For the Artists: Critical Writing, Volumes 1 and 2 are critiques and interviews with visual artists, writers and musicians, a chronicle of the New York art scene from the 1970s to the present. Eileen Myles, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hell, Rudy Burckhardt, Larry Rivers, and Allen Ginsberg are a few of the artists that Greg talks to and writes about.



At Crony Books you can also find At Maureen’s, a favorite book of mine, a fun read, the journals of Greg and Bernadette Mayer, a he said she said, written over the summer of 1981 at Mareen Owen’s in the country in Connecticut. Here is what some others have said:

“I was so moved by this book, it is a classic. It captures not just a time and a place, but a whole value of writing that’s not overblown or forced but still incredibly dynamic.” Chris Kraus

“…it is the dailiness of a poet’s life and writing routines as transmitted by these two canny observers that makes this book so engaging and satisfying to me…I highly recommend it.” Michael Lally


What All the Songs Add Up To: Poems

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