"Robert Zend: Between Budapest & Toronto, Between Zero & One, Between Dream & Reality," by Ralph Dumain of the Autodidact Project, for Think Twice Radio, May 26 2017
This podcast by American archivist, librarian and independent researcher Ralph Dumain presents an overview of Robert Zend's works, themes, and influences. Dumain illustrates Zend's themes of exile & identity, sources & inspirations, myth & religion, metaphysical notions, and the interplay of and reality with poems, prose fragments, & summaries of short fiction. He recounts his engagement with Zend and his project of translating Zend's work into Esperanto. Listen here.
Zend in his voice
These recordings are the only ones believed to exist of Robert Zend reading his own poems--a rare opportunity to hear him in his own voice. They are from a poetry reading at Harbourfront, hosted by Greg Gatemby in 1982. Many of these works are otherwise unpublished. They are presented here in the order of the complete recording, so listening to them in sequence will put you right in that room with Robert.
Short humourous poems
Fish (From Zero to One, p. 55)
Relativity (From Zero to One, p. 53)
Morning (From Zero to One, p. 19)
Two Letters--English and Hungarian
Two Letters--Oil Company and Religious Organization
Romance on the Beach (The Three Roberts: Premiere Performance, p. 17)
Last Year in Marienbad
A Chain of Haik
I Have a Heavy Accent
Spheroid Poem (From Zero to One, p. 56)
Omnilingual Sound Poem
A Strange Afternoon
Others Read Zend
A Prayer to the World
The End of the World
Administrative Error (From Zero to One, p. 90)
Read by Canadian poet Wally Keeler at the April 1 2014 opening of TEXTual ARTivity.
The Most Beautiful Things (From Zero to One, p. 100)