poetry and presentations to listen to

From it’s original invention, at least three millennia ago, poetry was presented in community gatherings, spoken with music and delivered with a musical cadence, as a telling of a sideways and deepways news. For a couple of decades I did my best to follow in this tradition—in a tiny crowded stone building in a Yosemite meadow, in bars, pubs, concert halls, festivals, and environmental benefits. I prefer to write spoken poems. Because there’s a collaboration involved. Spoken words create a shared environment, and listeners created a completion of the form. I love the generosity between musicians, words, and listeners. It seems the most human and necessary thing I’m able to do.

In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood 

This is a CD on out of round records; Patti Trimble lyric spoken poems; Peter Whitehead on homemade instruments. 


Hello Heaven!

Also on out of round records: a recording of poems from Arabic Sicily 840-1100, translations and by Patti Trimble, Ramzi Harrabi, and Muqdad Farrajulah; music by Ramzi Harrabi, Abdel Kabir Ghazout.


On Studio Work with Richard Pousette-Dart  (click the time-line at 1:32)

Whitney Museum panel symposium celebrating the 100th birthday of draftsman, sculptor and painter Richard Pousette-Dart with speakers Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Barbara Rose, art historian and critic; Patti Trimble, poet and former studio assistant; Adam Weinberg, Director Whitney Museum; Christopher Wool, artist and former student.


The Penelope Poems

This performance was recorded at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club. Penelope retells the Odyssey as she might. Text by Patti Trimble with additional words from J. Joyce, Homer, Ovid, Hesiod, J. Butler, V. Woolf, L. Cohen, and others. Performed by Patti Trimble, composer/performer Peter Whitehead, vocalist Julia Norton, and poet Maya Khosla.