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In the American Tree: New Writing by Poets

originally broadcast on Berkeley's KPFA-FM.

1978: hosted by Lyn Hejinian and Kit Robinson

Ted Berrigan, August 11, 1978

  1. Comments (0:28): MP3
  2. Whitman In Black (1:09): MP3
  3. Buddha on the Bounty (1:28): MP3
  4. Here I Live (2:00): MP3
  5. Comments (10:39): MP3
  6. Chicago Morning (1:53): MP3
  7. New Town (1:09): MP3
  8. The End (1:20): MP3
  9. From a List of Delusions of the Insane (What They are Afraid Of) (1:10): MP3
  10. Comments (9:14): MP3
  11. Personal Poem #9 (1:15): MP3
  12. Crystal (1:43): MP3
  13. Comments (1:50): MP3
  14. Three Pages (0:44): MP3
  15. Remembered Poem (0:25): MP3
  16. Full Interview and Reading (34:41): MP3

Alan Bernheimer, November 10, 1978

  1. reading "Spinal Guard" from Celestial Mechanics (0:55): MP3
  2. reading "Ripolin" from Celestial Mechanics (0:32): MP3
  3. reading "Carapace" from Celestial Mechanics (0:36): MP3
  4. reading "Visible Means" from Celestial Mechanics (0:33): MP3
  5. reading "Ventriloquy" fom Celestial Mechanics (0:41): MP3
  6. reading "Amarillo" (5:16): MP3
  7. discussion with Lyn Hejinian and Kit Robinson on the idea of language as a machine and Bernheimer as a mechanic (3:33): MP3
  8. reading a description of Bernheimer's "dream of a marvelous mechanical box" (3:24): MP3
  9. reading "Manifest Destiny" (1:59): MP3
  10. discussing the different poetic directions of "Manifest Destiny," Celestial Mechanics and "Amarillo" (2:01): MP3
  11. reading "Are There Birds?" (0:42): MP3
  12. reading and discussing "Cafe Isotope" (2:58): MP3
  13. reading "Or Something" (0:36): MP3
  14. reading a journal entry about trains and mechanical things (3:30): MP3
  15. reading "Lullabye," a collaboration with Kit Robinson (1:26): MP3
Complete Recording (29:51): MP3

Tom Mandel, "Palestine 8," December 15, 1978

  • note: "Palestine 8" is presented with "A Form is a Fragment of Content, "Philosopher's Song," and "No Takers," which were recorded on October 8, 1993

  • recording (16:20): MP3

1979-1980: hosted by Alan Bernheimer

Special thanks to The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University for making these recordings available.

Michael Waltuch, January 5, 1979

  • Complete Recording (28:42): MP3

Alan Lew, January 12, 1979

  • Complete Recording (28:57) MP3

Carol Gallup, January 19, 1979

  • Complete Recording (31:28) MP3

Robert Harris, January 26, 1979

  • Complete Recording (31:29): MP3
  • Bill Berkson, September 7, 1979

    1. Introduction (0:34): MP3
    2. Roots (2:14): MP3
    3. Booster (1:46): MP3
    4. Algebra (from Young Manhattan) (2:53): MP3
    5. Fourth Street (4:23): MP3
    6. Duchamp Dream (2:40): MP3
    7. Camera Ready Like a Dream (3:10): MP3
    8. Poem (3:44): MP3
    9. Source (3:43): MP3
    10. Basis (1:00): MP3
    11. To Marie Cosindas (0:59): MP3
    12. Two Days (1:11): MP3
    • Complete Recording (28:10): MP3

    Steven Paul LaVoie, September 22, 1979

    • Complete Recording (28:42): MP3

    John Mason, November 16, 1979

    • Complete Recording (28:11) MP3

    Lyn Hejinian, December 7, 1979

    1. introduction (0:45): MP3
    2. Slack Key (1:03): MP3
    3. Eye brown study no stars (1:02): MP3
    4. Punctual 1 (1:12): MP3
    5. Natural Room (3:33): MP3
    6. on Natural Room (1:06): MP3
    7. on Punctual 1 (0:38): MP3
    8. Number Present (7:52): MP3
    9. on Number Present (4:05): MP3
    10. Easy Go (0:50): MP3
    11. Lower Row the Colors (0:24): MP3
    12. Windows is screens (0:19): MP3
    13. on Easy Go and Windows is screens (1:07): MP3
    14. Not That Car (3:03): MP3
    15. on Not That Car (0:20): MP3
    16. Severed Page (1:51): MP3
    • Complete Recording (30:35): MP3

    Ted Pearson, December 21, 1979

    1. Introduction (0:48): MP3
    2. Reading Sections 2-5 of Refractions (15:07): MP3

    3. Interview Discussions
    4. Structural form of Refractions (2:48): MP3
    5. Language and meaning (1:53): MP3
    6. Role of the listener's memory (1:14): MP3

    7. "Ellipsis" (6:35): MP3
    • Complete Recording (27:18): MP3

    Alex Smith, January 4, 1980

    • Complete Recording (29:41) MP3

    Rodger Kamenetz, January 18, 1980

    • Complete Recording (28:45): MP3

    Gary Burnett, February 1, 1980

    • Complete Recording (24:36) MP3

    Norman Fischer, June 6, 1980

    • Complete Recording (29:32): MP3

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