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Recorded at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, UPenn, April 3, 2013

  1. Business (0:41): MP3
  2. Rendition (0:38): MP3
  3. Without Penalty (0:51): MP3
  4. A Lady at Her Writing Table (0:54): MP3
  5. Heine Song (0:44): MP3
  6. Landscape with Calm (1:33): MP3
  7. As if You Didn't Know (2:10): MP3
  8. For the Heart of the Second Floor (1:54): MP3
  9. Costanza (5:25): MP3
  10. Poetry and Sleep (0:26): MP3
  11. Exogeny (0:31): MP3
  12. Lady Air (0:37): MP3
  13. Omar Little (0:37): MP3
  14. Dress Trope (0:29): MP3
  15. Last Lines with George (1:03): MP3
  16. Slow Swirl at the Edge of the Sea (1:16): MP3
  17. The Prophet (2:37): MP3
  18. With Impunity (0:50): MP3
  19. Anhedonia (2:01): MP3
  20. Reprise (0:48): MP3

Complete Reading (26:03): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #61, discussing Bill Berkson's "Signature Song," January 10, 2013

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

On the Joe Milford Radio Show, Georgia, May 7, 2011

  • complete recording (1:29:22): MP3

Reading with Gwenaëlle Stubbe, Double Change, Fumoir De China, Paris, April 4, 2011

Collaboration & the Artist’s Book: Vincent Katz, Bill Berkson, Shirley Jaffé, Raphael Rubinstein, Susan Bee & Charles Bernstein, Poetry reading and visual art projection, Maison de la poésie, Paris, April 2, 2011



Reading at the Kelly Writers House, March 15, 2007

  1. Introduction (4:36): MP3
  2. Tiffany's Song (0:45): MP3
  3. Salad Spinner (0:37): MP3
  4. Philip Whalen (0:19): MP3
  5. Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (1:22): MP3
  6. "Intentionality . . ." (0:20): MP3
  7. AKA The Pantheon is Flooded (1:09): MP3
  8. Poem Beginning With A Remark From Richard Tuttle (3:05): MP3
  9. What's Your Idea Of A Good Time? (commentary and readings) (10:54): MP3
  10. Melting Milk (1:07): MP3
  11. By Halves (0:51): MP3
  12. The Reader's Lover (5 Poems) (1:03): MP3
  13. Baby's Awake Now (0:48): MP3
  14. Duchamp Dream (1:26): MP3
  15. October (1:53): MP3
  16. Out There (for Jasper Johns) (0:52): MP3
  17. Gloria (0:21): MP3
  18. Extreme Patience (0:26): MP3
  19. Merit (0:35): MP3
  20. Plot (0:08): MP3
  21. After the Medusa (0:42): MP3
  22. Tango (1:19): MP3
  23. Song for Connie (0:55): MP3

Complete Reading (1:04:02): MP3

Interviewed by Carlos Villa, KUSF, San Francisco, September 4, 2004

  1. introduction (1:08): MP3
  2. Domino (0:46): MP3
  3. Poem (0:40): MP3
  4. Fourth Street, San Rafael (1:11): MP3
  5. A Finial (0:42): MP3
  6. Clerical Workers (1:00): MP3
  7. Signature Song (1:47): MP3 [text]
  8. on the interchange between writing and the present (3:18): MP3
  9. on "Signature Song" (0:58): MP3
  10. on De Kooning, the "slipping glimpser" and attitude (3:57): MP3
  11. on New York and Evergreen Review (3:07): MP3
  12. on Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz (9:44): MP3
  13. on The Sweet Singer of Modernism (0:57): MP3
  14. A New York Beginner (3:34): MP3
  15. on deteriorating Pollock and Kline paintings (1:43): MP3
  16. on Bay Area arts (10:02): MP3
  17. on poetry's place in contemporary culture (3:38): MP3
  18. on being diagnosed with emphysema (10:04): MP3
  • part one (28:55): MP3
  • part two (29:06): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, October 19, 2002

  1. Introduction (2:36): MP3
  2. Red Devil (2:13): MP3
  3. After 99 Comes 100 (1:16): MP3
  4. No Claim to the Puzzle (0:57): MP3
  5. Song Heard Around St. Bridget's (1:25): MP3
  6. St. Bridget's Adieu (0:22): MP3
  7. A Head at the Covers (1:22): MP3
  8. The Obvious Tradition (1:35): MP3
  9. Signature Song (1:54): MP3 [TEXT]
  10. Purgatory (0:26): MP3
  11. Stains of Stalin (1:07): MP3
  12. The Recital (0:55): MP3
  13. La Poesie Blanche (0:39): MP3
  14. from "25 Grand View" (4:16): MP3
  15. A Lady at Her Writing Table (0:21): MP3
  16. After the Medusa (0:29): MP3
  17. Within the Silly Sheets (0:17): MP3
  18. Reimagined Episode (0:14): MP3
  19. Friends (0:19): MP3
  20. Extreme Patience (0:28): MP3
  21. The Shadow on the Page (0:23): MP3
  22. An Unmentionable Painting (0:27): MP3
  23. Tango (1:32): MP3
  24. Gloria (0:53): MP3

Complete Reading (35:50): MP3

Reading with Stephen Ratcliffe and Lyn Hejinian, Bolinas, 1987

  • complete recording (47:27): MP3

Berkson Reading:

  1. Opening Comments (0:58): MP3
  2. "In an instant the world seems fairly made of wood" (1:56): MP3
  3. The Head of the Covers (1:35): MP3
  4. A Hand Not My Own (1:07): MP3
  5. Chasing the Slip (1:33): MP3
  6. Andate (2:40): MP3
  7. (unclear title) (1:25): MP3

Complete reading (11:51): MP3

Reading, February 17, 1983 (Location Unknown)

  1. introduction (1:56): MP3
  2. You Sure Do Some Nice Things (0:34): MP3
  3. Fourth Street, San Rafael (1:17): MP3
  4. Baby's Awake Now (1:06): MP3
  5. Slow Curve, Hampton Road (0:28): MP3
  6. Burkhart's Ninth (1:00): MP3
  7. Source, To Philip Guston (1:14): MP3
  8. Ocean and Grove (0:46): MP3
  9. Stopping is Nothing (0:42): MP3
  10. From Whence it Came (0:25): MP3
  11. Red Devil (2:10): MP3
  12. A Fixture (0:52): MP3
  13. If I Pray to Anyone it is You (0:58): MP3
  14. from Young Manhattan (0:48): MP3
  15. Hoo Book (2:15): MP3
  16. Incent (1:16): MP3
  17. Chaloff (2:32): MP3
  18. Missing (2:57): MP3
  19. Missing II (1:55): MP3
  20. On the High Window (0:40): MP3
  21. Ode, I (2:14): MP3
  22. Ode, II (2:07): MP3
  23. The Position (2:07): MP3
  24. First Turns (1:13): MP3
  25. End of Century Thrush (1:32): MP3
  26. Thumos (0:38): MP3
  27. Poem (How Can Equivocation Happen...) (0:34): MP3
  28. Annus Mirabilis (0:31): MP3
  29. After 99 Comes 100 (1:32): MP3
  • complete reading (39:55): MP3

(recording courtesy of Ron Silliman)

Appearing on In the American Tree, hosted by Alan Bernheimer, 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

Talk on "Talking," Given at 80 Langton, April 27, 1978

  • Part One (47:10): MP3
  • Part Two (47:28): MP3
  • Recording Courtesy of Bob Perelman

Reading with Joe Brainard at Intersection, San Francisco, June 15, 1971

The Berkson/Brainard reading here.

Recorded Poem on Harry's House Vol 2 CD

  • Poetry and Sleep - Bill Berkson (0:19): MP3

From The World Record: Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1969-1980

Blue is the Hero (1:46): MP3

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