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Robert Creeley



LINEbreak interview and reading with Charles Bernstein (1995)

PoemTalk Podcast #16, discussing Creeley's "I Know A Man," April 8, 2009

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket 2


Hit Singles

  1. Heroes for Love (3:06), from recording Creeley sent to Paul Blackburn, 1963: MP3
  2. I is the Grandson (1:37), 22 October, 1975: MP3
  3. Anger (4:45), 22 October, 1975: MP3
  4. "Buffalo Evening" (7:35), a setting of Creeley's poem by composer David Felder, 2006: MP3
  5. The Long Road (0:48), from the Clemente Series, "Life & Death," mid-1990s: (RealAudio format)
  6. "The Language": University of Arizona, 1963: MP3; Berkeley Poetry Conference, 1965: MP3; S-Press, 1975: MP3; MLA, DC 1984: MP3; Germany, 1986: MP3 (Germany)
  7. Selected Poems, 1945-1975 (ed. Benjamin Friedlander) linked to PennSound recordings
  8. Naropa's Creeley archive

Various readings of "I Know A Man" (text) (text-audio alignment):

  1. Read at San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956 (0:28): MP3
  2. Read At the Vancouver Poetry Conference, August 12, 1963 (1:27): MP3
  3. Read at Harvard University, October 27, 1966 (0:35): MP3
  4. Read in Bolinas, CA, July 1971 (0:26): MP3
  5. Read in Bolinas, CA, c. 1965-1970 (0:25): MP3
  6. Read at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, July 26, 1995 (0:25): MP3

Studio Recording at Black Mountain College, c. 1954

Full Reading (9:54): MP3

  1. The Rites (1:03): MP3
  2. The Crisis (0:26): MP3
  3. The Immoral Proposition (0:30): MP3
  4. For W.C.W. (0:18): MP3
  5. The Carnival (0:24): MP3
  6. The Charm (0:33): MP3
  7. The Pedigree (0:22): MP3
  8. The Dishonest Mailman (0:26): MP3
  9. Apple Uppfle (0:32): MP3
  10. The Revelation (0:22): MP3
  11. The Operation (0:29): MP3
  12. For Irving (0:24): MP3
  13. The Dissapointment (0:19): MP3
  14. El Noche (0:14): MP3
  15. The Whip (0:31): MP3
  16. Like They Say (0:18): MP3
  17. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:44): MP3
  18. The Riddle (0:23): MP3
  19. The Ball Game (0:45): MP3
  20. The Innocence (0:28): MP3
  21. Something for Easter (0:20): MP3

At San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956

Full Reading (54:17): MP3

  1. Hart Crane (1:58): MP3
  2. Le Fou (1:30): MP3
  3. A Song ("Ihad wanted a quiet testament") (0:57): MP3
  4. The Crisis (0:26): MP3
  5. For Ranier Gerhadt (1:41): MP3
  6. The Riddle (0:39): MP3
  7. The Rites (1:03): MP3
  8. The Ball Game (1:03): MP3
  9. The Innocence (0:32): MP3
  10. Something for Easter (0:37): MP3
  11. The Grace (10:18): MP3
  12. The Carnival (1:35): MP3
  13. The Charm (0:31): MP3
  14. The Pedigree (0:17): MP3
  15. After Lorca (2:09): MP3
  16. For an Anniversary (0:31): MP3
  17. The Kind of Act of (1:03): MP3
  18. The Dishonest Mailman (0:38): MP3
  19. The Crow (0:48): MP3
  20. For Martin (0:28): MP3
  21. The Immoral Proposition (1:46): MP3
  22. The Changes (0:31): MP3
  23. For Irving (0:37): MP3
  24. I Know a Man (0:25): MP3
  25. The End (0:27): MP3
  26. Death of Venus (0:38): MP3
  27. The Lover (0:28): MP3
  28. Wait for Me (0:38): MP3
  29. For Somebody's Marriage (0:26): MP3
  30. The Business (0:23): MP3
  31. The Dissapointment (0:20): MP3
  32. The Warning (0:16): MP3
  33. A Form of Adaptation (0:41): MP3
  34. Song ("Were I myself more blithe") (0:38): MP3
  35. Stomping with Catallus (1:20): MP3
  36. The Apology (0:11): MP3
  37. Like They Say (0:19): MP3
  38. The Whip (0:35): MP3
  39. All That is Lovely in Men (0:24): MP3
  40. A Dedication (1:18): MP3
  41. A Day at the Beach (0:41): MP3
  42. The Prejudice (0:23): MP3
  43. Naughty Waters (published as Naughty Boy") (0:33): MP3
  44. "To work is to contradict contradictions, to do violence to natural violence..." (0:59): MP3
  45. The Commentary (0:37): MP3
  46. Old Song (0:23): MP3
  47. A Wicker Basket (1:13): MP3
  48. For David (0:27): MP3
  49. Lover's Leap (0:27): MP3
  50. Hold It (0:34): MP3
  51. Goodbye (0:28): MP3
  52. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:29): MP3
  53. Air ("Cat Bird Singing") (0:41): MP3
  54. If You (0:46): MP3
  55. For Anne (0:24): MP3
  56. A Marriage (0:21): MP3
  57. Song ("God give you pardon from gratitude") (0:14): MP3
  58. For the New Year (0:40): MP3
  59. And (0:48): MP3

At the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, July 16, 1959

Full Reading (1:00:29): MP3

  1. Hart Crane (1:30): MP3
  2. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:44): MP3
  3. Le Fou (0:28): MP3
  4. The Crisis (0:29): MP3
  5. The Riddle (0:24): MP3
  6. The Innocence (0:29): MP3
  7. The Immoral Proposition (0:29): MP3
  8. The Operation (0:26): MP3
  9. I Know a Man (0:22): MP3
  10. The Lover (0:41): MP3
  11. A Warning (1:00): MP3
  12. Song ("Were I myself more blithe") (0:36): MP3
  13. The Whip (0:34): MP3
  14. All that is Lovely in Men (0:18): MP3
  15. Please (0:51): MP3
  16. If You (0:44): MP3
  17. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:14): MP3
  18. The Tunnel (0:26): MP3
  19. Just Friends (0:31): MP3
  20. The Friend (0:36): MP3
  21. The Invoice (0:24): MP3
  22. They Say (0:19): MP3
  23. Juggler's Thought (0:23): MP3
  24. The Wind (1:11): MP3
  25. Saturday Afternoon (0:27): MP3
  26. The Interview (0:29): MP3
  27. Je vois dans hasard tous les biens que j'espère (0:26): MP3
  28. Entre Nous (0:16): MP3
  29. The Three Ladies (0:59): MP3
  30. New Years 1958 (1:02): MP3
  31. The Hill (0:39): MP3
  32. A Gift of Great Value (0:39): MP3
  33. My Love (0:29): MP3
  34. The Names (0:22): MP3
  35. Going to Bed (0:52): MP3
  36. The Door (3:19): MP3
  37. The Snow (0:43): MP3
  38. The Awakening (1:24): MP3
  39. The End (0:22): MP3
  40. For Irving (0:23): MP3
  41. For a Friend (0:23): MP3
  42. Like They Say (0:18): MP3
  43. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche." (0:21): MP3
  44. The Total Parts of a World (0:23): MP3
  45. The Death of Venus (0:32): MP3
  46. The Ball Game (0:46): MP3
  47. The Carnival (0:26): MP3
  48. The Rites (1:07): MP3
  49. The Rhyme (0:21): MP3
  50. The Charm (0:33): MP3
  51. After Lorca (0:25): MP3
  52. The Kind of Act of (0:48): MP3
  53. Chanson (0:24): MP3
  54. For W.C.W. (0:19): MP3

Big Table Magazine Reading at The Second City, Chicago, May 15, 1961

  1. Introduction by Paul Carroll (1:56): MP3
  2. Hart Crane (2:51): MP3
  3. Le Fou (1:05): MP3
  4. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:47): MP3
  5. The Crisis (0:39): MP3
  6. The Riddle (1:18): MP3
  7. The Rhyme (0:24): MP3
  8. The Innocence (0:40): MP3
  9. The Ball Game (0:52): MP3
  10. The Carnival (0:29): MP3
  11. The Charm (0:39): MP3
  12. After Lorca (1:51): MP3
  13. The Dishonest Mailman (0:53): MP3
  14. The Immoral Proposition (0:31): MP3
  15. For W.C.W. (1:10): MP3
  16. Apple Uppfle (0:36): MP3
  17. The Operation (0:28): MP3
  18. Chanson (0:35): MP3
  19. Don't Sign Anything (0:25): MP3
  20. The Conspiracy (0:32): MP3
  21. The End (0:25): MP3
  22. The Business (0:30): MP3
  23. The Warning (0:23): MP3
  24. A Form of Adaptation (0:50): MP3
  25. Like They Say (0:25): MP3
  26. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:54): MP3
  27. The Whip (0:40): MP3
  28. Juggler's Thought (0:30): MP3
  29. A Form of Women (1:32): MP3
  30. They Say (0:24): MP3
  31. The Friend (0:47): MP3
  32. Please (0:51): MP3
  33. The Three Ladies (1:07): MP3
  34. Oh No (0:36): MP3
  35. Crowd (1:29): MP3
  36. Goodbye (0:47): MP3
  37. A Wicker Basket (1:35): MP3
  38. The Bed (0:34): MP3
  39. Just Friends (0:46): MP3
  40. The Way (0:38): MP3
  41. A Marriage (0:33): MP3
  42. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:42): MP3
  43. She Went to Stay (0:24): MP3
  44. If You (0:54): MP3
  45. The Tunnel (0:35): MP3
  46. The Names (0:29): MP3
  47. A Gift of Great Value (0:49): MP3
  48. The Invoice (0:32): MP3
  49. Naughty Waters (published as Naughty Boy") (0:40): MP3
  50. Song ("God give you pardon from gratitude") (0:20): MP3
  51. Entre Nous (0:17): MP3
  52. Sing Song (0:35): MP3
  53. The Place (1:03): MP3
  54. The Souvenir (0:16): MP3
  55. The Menu (0:21): MP3
  56. For the New Year (0:48): MP3

Reading in the Recording Laboratory at the Library of Congress, June 1, 1961

"Mr. Creeley reads sixteen poems from his collection, "The Whip"; five poems from his collection, "A Form of Women"; and nine poems from his collection,"For Love"." - Library of Congress Catalog

Full Reading (54:32): MP3

  1. Introduction (14:33): MP3
  2. A Song (0:50): MP3
  3. The Crisis (0:33): MP3
  4. The Riddle (0:29): MP3
  5. The Rhyme (0:23): MP3
  6. The Innocence (0:34): MP3
  7. The Ball Game (0:52): MP3
  8. The Carnival (0:31): MP3
  9. The Charm (0:39): MP3
  10. The Dishonest Mailman (0:32): MP3
  11. The Immoral Proposition (0:32): MP3
  12. The Operation (0:31): MP3
  13. Chanson (0:34): MP3
  14. The Conspiracy (0:27): MP3
  15. I Know a Man (0:27): MP3
  16. The Warning (0:23): MP3
  17. The Whip (0:42): MP3
  18. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:41): MP3
  19. If You (0:52): MP3
  20. The Tunnel (0:30): MP3
  21. The Door (3:38): MP3
  22. The Hill (1:06): MP3
  23. For Love (2:29): MP3
  24. Fire (0:36): MP3
  25. The Name (1:18): MP3
  26. The Sign Board (1:18): MP3
  27. The Awakening (1:34): MP3
  28. Kore (0:47): MP3
  29. The Rain (0:56): MP3
  30. The Woman (0:39): MP3
  31. The Rescue (0:48): MP3

Recording courtesy of Library of Congress

from Exact Change Yearbook c.1963, broadcast by Paul Blackburn on "Contemporary Poetry"

Heroes; For Love (3:05): MP3

At the Vancouver Poetry Conference, August 12, 1963

Due to a power outage, only the first 14 minutes of the reading were recorded.

Full Reading (13:57): MP3

  1. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (1:40): MP3
  2. The Innocence (0:33): MP3
  3. The Ball Game (1:04): MP3
  4. The Carnival (0:28): MP3
  5. After Lorca (0:41): MP3
  6. The Crow (0:29): MP3
  7. The Immoral Proposition (0:35): MP3
  8. The Operation (0:43): MP3
  9. I Know a Man (1:27): MP3
  10. The Lover (0:35): MP3
  11. Wait for Me (1:17): MP3
  12. The Warning (0:20): MP3
  13. A Form of Adaptation (0:51): MP3
  14. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:31): MP3
  15. The Whip (0:15): MP3
  16. All That is Lovely in Men (0:25): MP3
  17. Juggler's Thought (0:32): MP3
  18. A Form of Women (1:07): MP3

These recordings were originally made available to the Slought Foundation by Fred Wah. PennSound publication made with thanks to Slought and with the permission of Fred Wah and the Creeley Estate.

At the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, December 4, 1963

Full Reading (44:06): MP3

  1. Archive Introduction (0:14): MP3
  2. Hart Crane (3:47): MP3
  3. Le Fou (0:55): MP3
  4. The Crisis (1:57): MP3
  5. The Immoral Proposition (1:33): MP3
  6. I Know a Man (2:49): MP3
  7. Wait for Me (2:03): MP3
  8. The Whip (1:11): MP3
  9. New Years (2:53): MP3
  10. The Door (4:11): MP3
  11. Kore (2:09): MP3
  12. The Name (1:13): MP3
  13. Fire (2:40): MP3
  14. For Love (3:34): MP3
  15. The Language (1:49): MP3
  16. There Is (0:52): MP3
  17. The Book (9:56): MP3

Recording courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Recordings from Slought Foundation

From the 1963 Vancoucer Poetry Conference:

  • 7/24/63: Morning discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg:
    1. Part 1 (1:06:53): MP3
    2. Part 2 (14:19): MP3
  • 7/24/63: Evening discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (1:05:16): MP3
    2. Part 2 (34:26): MP3
  • 7/26/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (32:08): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:06:11): MP3
    3. Part 3 (15:15): MP3
  • 7/29/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Philip Whalen
    1. Part 1 (1:05:42): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:05:51): MP3
  • 7/31/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (1:06:07): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:03:57): MP3
  • 8/2/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (52:01): MP3
    2. Part 2 (45:32): MP3
  • 8/5/63: Lecture by Robert Duncan
    1. Part 1 (1:38:00): MP3
    2. Part 2 (24:37): MP3
  • 8/7/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov
    1. Part 1 (23:49): MP3
    2. Part 2 (53:46): MP3
  • 8/12/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov
    1. Part 1 (39:25): MP3
    2. Part 2 (50:52): MP3
  • 8/14/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (17:33): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:07:39): MP3
  • 8/16/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (21:15): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:00:51): MP3

At the Berkeley Poetry Conference "A Sense of Measure", 1965

July 22

Part One Full Reading (46:16): MP3

  1. Introduction (3:23): MP3
  2. The Rhythm (1:58): MP3
  3. The Rocks (1:40): MP3
  4. Water (1:07): MP3
  5. The Mountians in the Desert (0:33): MP3
  6. Water (1:07): MP3
  7. Waiting (0:46): MP3
  8. The Invitation (0:47): MP3
  9. For William Carlos Williams (0:37): MP3
  10. Song (0:37):MP3
  11. The Fire (0:38): MP3
  12. For No Clear Reason (0:29): MP3
  13. The Messengers (For Allen Ginsberg) (0:50): MP3
  14. I (1:19): MP3
  15. Something (1:08): MP3
  16. Walking (0:40): MP3
  17. The Language (1:07): MP3
  18. The Window (0:47): MP3
  19. The Chance (2:39): MP3
  20. Hellow (0:18): MP3

Part Two Full Reading (33:41): MP3

July 23

Part One Full Reading (1:01:29): MP3

Part Two Full Reading (23:17): MP3

"A Sense of Measure," Berkeley Poetry Conference, July 23, 1965

Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss

  • complete recording (1:25:39): MP3

Richard Moore USA: Poetry Documentary, 1966

      Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, October 3, 1966

      Full Reading (53:10): MP3

      1. Introduction (2:11): MP3
      2. The Rain (1:12): MP3
      3. Kore (0:57): MP3
      4. The Plan (1:03): MP3
      5. The Man (0:46): MP3
      6. A Wish (0:39): MP3
      7. The Name (1:29): MP3
      8. The First Time (1:45): MP3
      9. The Rose (1:35): MP3
      10. Love Comes Quietly (0:35): MP3
      11. The People (0:44): MP3
      12. Fire (0:37): MP3
      13. For Friendship (0:22): MP3
      14. The Gesture (1:36): MP3
      15. For Love (8:21): MP3
      16. Dimensions (1:04): MP3
      17. Distance (3:17): MP3
      18. Some Place (0:57): MP3
      19. Song ("What do you") (0:27): MP3
      20. The Box (0:39): MP3
      21. A Piece (1:14): MP3
      22. A Prayer (0:24): MP3
      23. Here ("What/has happened") (0:36): MP3
      24. One Way (1:57): MP3
      25. Anger (4:29): MP3
      26. A Sight (4:29): MP3
      27. The Woman (2:11): MP3
      28. From the Dream (0:53): MP3
      29. Fragments (0:43): MP3
      30. Oh My Love (0:34): MP3
      31. A Tally (1:31): MP3
      32. A Birthday (1:14): MP3
      33. Intervals (0:57): MP3
      34. The Hole (1:44): MP3

      These recordings were originally made available to the Slought Foundation by Fred Wah. PennSound publication made with thanks to Slought and with the permission of Fred Wah andthe Creeley Estate.

      Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, October 24, 1966

      with John Wieners

      Complete Reading (28:26): MP3

      1. Introduction by Ed Sanders (3:00): MP3
      2. Some Place (1:34): MP3
      3. Song ("I wouldn't") (0:55): MP3
      4. Song ("What do you") (0:28): MP3
      5. For Helen (0:45): MP3
      6. A Night Sky (0:32): MP3
      7. The Answer (1:08:40): MP3
      8. Dimensions (1:08): MP3
      9. A Place (0:39): MP3
      10. Some Echoes (0:20): MP3
      11. Fancy (0:33): MP3
      12. The World (1:29): MP3
      13. Going (0:23): MP3
      14. The City (0:42): MP3
      15. Words (0:43): MP3
      16. A Reason (0:55): MP3
      17. The Shame (0:28): MP3
      18. The Statue (0:51): MP3
      19. The Window ("There will be no simple") (0:54): MP3
      20. To Bobbie (1:10): MP3
      21. They (0:41): MP3
      22. A Method (0:50): MP3
      23. A Sight (2:11): MP3
      24. Pieces (0:19): MP3
      25. The Circle ("Houses in") (0:36): MP3
      26. The Hole (1:34): MP3
      27. The Flower ("Remember the way you") (0:26): MP3
      28. Water ("Water drips") (1:02): MP3
      29. Intervals (1:03): MP3
      30. For Joel (1:45): MP3

      Enhanced audio recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley

      At the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, October 24, 1966

      Full Reading (23:20): MP3; RM file

      1. Introduction by Ed Sanders (2:37): MP3
      2. Some Place (0:47): MP3
      3. Song ("I wouldn't") (0:28): MP3
      4. Song ("What do you") (0:23): MP3
      5. For Helen (0:32): MP3
      6. A Night Sky (0:26): MP3
      7. The Answer (0:25): MP3
      8. Dimensions (0:57): MP3
      9. A Place (0:29): MP3
      10. Some Echoes (0:18): MP3
      11. Fancy (0:30): MP3
      12. The World (1:22): MP3
      13. Going (0:18): MP3
      14. The City (0:36): MP3
      15. Words (0:38): MP3
      16. A Reason (0:50): MP3
      17. The Shame (0:22): MP3
      18. The Statue (0:43): MP3
      19. The Window (0:47): MP3
      20. To Bobbie (1:03): MP3
      21. They (0:34): MP3
      22. A Method (0:42): MP3
      23. A Sight (2:01): MP3
      24. Pieces (0:14): MP3
      25. The Circle (0:29): MP3
      26. The Hole (2:02): MP3
      27. Intervals (0:38): MP3
      28. For Joel (1:20): MP3

      On Olson, in Albuquerque, recorded 1966.

      Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss

      • Full Reading (1:08:40): MP3

      At Harvard University, October 27, 1966

      courtesy Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard.

      1. Introduction (2:20): MP3
      2. Le Fou (0:34): MP3
      3. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (2:36): MP3
      4. The Crisis (0:35): MP3
      5. The Riddle (0:33): MP3
      6. The Rhyme (0:27): MP3
      7. The Innocence (0:39): MP3
      8. The Ball Game (1:00): MP3
      9. The Carnival (0:34): MP3
      10. After Lorca (0:46): MP3
      11. The Dishonest Mailmen (1:15): MP3
      12. The Immoral Proposition (0:36): MP3
      13. For W.C.W. (0:29): MP3
      14. Chanson (0:34): MP3
      15. Don't Sign Anything (0:34): MP3
      16. The Conspiracy (2:39): MP3
      17. The End (0:29): MP3
      18. I Know a Man (0:35): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
      19. A Counterpoint (1:33): MP3
      20. The Warning (0:31): MP3
      21. The Whip (0:49): MP3
      22. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:20): MP3
      23. Juggler's Thought (0:32): MP3
      24. A Form of Women (1:34): MP3
      25. They Say (0:25): MP3
      26. The Friend (0:50): MP3
      27. The Three Ladies (1:11): MP3
      28. Oh No (0:30): MP3
      29. Goodbye (0:42): MP3
      30. If You (0:58): MP3
      31. The Tunnel (0:38): MP3
      32. The Names (0:29): MP3
      33. A Gift of Great Value (0:52): MP3
      34. Somewhere (0:38): MP3
      35. New Years (1:24): MP3
      36. Entre Nous (0:27): MP3
      37. Sing Song (0:41): MP3
      38. The Place (2:08): MP3
      39. The Souvenir (0:24): MP3
      40. The Door (3:48): MP3
      41. Kore (0:59): MP3
      42. The Name (1:27): MP3
      43. For Love (2:42): MP3
      44. The Woman (2:34): MP3
      45. The Window (0:57): MP3
      46. To Bobbie (1:40): MP3

      From Today's Poets: Their Poems, Their Voices. Volume 3, 1967/1968

      Full Reading (5:18): MP3

      1. Oh No (0:31): MP3
      2. A Tally (1:33): MP3
      3. Words (0:47): MP3
      4. The Invoice (0:34): MP3
      5. The Cracks (0:55): MP3
      6. A Reason (0:55): MP3

      Robert & Bobbie Creeley: Placitas phone log, 1968

      Full Recording (109:38): MP3

      00:00 Kate & Lorraine for Sarah; slumber party
      02:15 Bobbie Louise Hawkins [Bobbi Creeley]: Cleaning a jacket
      03:02 Bobbie to Peter Spackman, Cultural Affairs (NY) publisher
      09:54 A phone bill on hold
      11:10 Bobbie to John, includes reading Robert's letter to the editor of Albuquerque Tribune on being "beard" profiled
      22:49 What's your address?
      24:29 Girl Scout pledge
      25:55 Bill Katz to Bobbie and Robert ... on publication of Numbers, with Robert Indiana (Stuttgart, Germany: Edition Domberger)
      47:51 A trip to Minneapolis
      50:04-end: Elsa (Ellie) Dorfman

      Thanks to Bobbie Hawkins, Bill Katz, Elsa Dorfman, and Penelope Creeley for permission to make this available on PennSound. Ed. Ch. Bernstein.

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

      1. I is the Grandson (1:37): MP3
      2. Anger (4:45): MP3

      Response to Martin Duberman's interview questions on Black Mountain, from the late 1960's

      Full Reading (1:02:07): MP3

      Courtesty Jeff Davis. Recording from North Carolina Division of Archives and History.

      Talk and Reading on "Contemporary American Poets," recorded in Bolinas in 1970

      Full Reading (28:02): MP3

      This recording is from the collection of Robert Creeley

      Reading in Bolinas, CA, July, 1971

      1. The Messengers (0:53): MP3
      2. I Know a Man (0:26): MP3

      From The Dial-a-Poem Poets (1972)

      The Dial-a-Poem Poets at UbuWeb

      Listen, 1972

      Radio play by Robert Creeley, performed by Robert and Bobbie Creeley.

      Listen (23:09): MP3

      Listen was first published in 1972 by Black Sparrow Press, in an edition containing monoprints by Bobbie Creeley. The recording above was released on cassette by Black Sparrow in the same year. The play was first broadcast by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, West Germany, on December 1, 1971 in a translation by Klaus Reichert.

      The quotation beginning at 15:56 and ending 16:48 ("Now if you are sitting opposite me . . .") is from The Divided Self by R.D. Laing, Penguin, London 1965, p. 21.
      The quotation beginning at 17:09 and ending at 17:19 ("The I . . .") is from Notebooks 1914-1916 by Ludwig Wittgenstein, translated by Anscombe, Harper Torchbook, New York, 1969, p. 80.

      Kyle Schlesinger on Listen: Meaning: I Hear You

      Creeley reading from his home in Bolinas, CA (c. 1965-70; more likely 1972)

      [We are still working on identifying the date of cuts 1-6. Send corrections/additions to us at PennSound@writing.upenn.edu]

      1. On traveling and coming to terms with his poetic career (2:24): MP3
      2. Return (0:28): MP3
      3. The Charm (2:13): MP3
      4. Speaking briefly on For Love (0:38): MP3
      5. Creeley reads "A Form of Women," from For Love, and discusses his inspirations (2:55): MP3
      6. Song ("Those rivers run from that land") (1:32): MP3
      7. Correction from Lisa Hollenbach: The recordings of "Heroes" through "The Name" were originally made for a birthday compilation tape Paul Blackburn made for Ezra Pound in honor of his 78th birthday in 1963. The tape was recorded not in New Mexico. Creeley begins the original tape (at UCSD) with a dedication to Pound--"For Ezra Pound, who's very very good to me, from Robert Creeley"--and reads these 10 poems.

      8. Heroes (0:48): MP3
      9. The House (0:25): MP3
      10. The People (0:27): MP3
      11. For Love (2:05): MP3
      12. The Whip (0:35): MP3
      13. I Know a Man (0:25): MP3
      14. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:12): MP3
      15. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:31): MP3
      16. The Hill (0:39): MP3
      17. The Name (1:13): MP3

      In Discussion with Joanne Kyger and Greg Hewlett, June 19, 1972 (Location Unknown)

      Full Discussion (1:23:59): MP3

      1. Performing Poetry (14:03): MP3
      2. The Mediums of Print and Tape (3:38): MP3
      3. Space, Linearity, and Puns in Poetry (7:32): MP3
      4. Gertrude Stein's Influence (4:38): MP3
      5. Stories (6:16): MP3
      6. The Format of Poetry Readings (7:50): MP3
      7. Voice (10:48): MP3
      8. Bookmaking (3:33): MP3
      9. Accessibility (1:48): MP3
      10. Listening to Recordings of Music versus Poetry (2:01): MP3
      11. Intention in Poetry (7:32): MP3
      12. Being Attentive to the Page and the Act of Writing (9:04): MP3
      13. Keats and Neurological Change, Olson and Stabilized Schizophrenia (5:11): MP3

      At Goddard College, May 18, 1973

      Edited by Seth Forrest

      Full Reading (1:27:24): MP3, RealAudio

      1. Introductions (2:05): MP3
      2. The Plan is the Body (from Away) (4:30): MP3
      3. Spring (from Backwards) (1:21): MP3
      4. But You (from Backwards) (0:30): MP3
      5. Oh Mabel (from Backwards) (0:16): MP3
      6. Dear Dorothy (from Away) (6:05): MP3
      7. Flesh (from Backwards) (1:13): MP3
      8. Home Again (Unpublished?) (0:16): MP3
      9. Joking with audience (0:57): MP3
      10. Away (from Away) (4:44): MP3
      11. Faces (for Joe Brainard) (0:58): MP3
      12. Berlin: First Night & Early Morning (from Away) (2:32): MP3
      13. Places (Uncollected, from The Collected Poems) (3:37): MP3
      14. As We Sit (from Thirty Things) (3:39): MP3
      15. Every Day (from Away) (1:10): MP3
      16. Unknown Short Story (8:16): MP3
      17. Unknown Short Story (5:25): MP3
      18. Presences: a Text for Marisol (8:02): MP3
      19. As Real as Thinking (from Pieces) (3:31): MP3
      20. Flowers (from Pieces) (2:51): MP3
      21. The Family (from Pieces) (0:32): MP3
      22. Kate’s (from Pieces) (0:09): MP3
      23. For You (from Pieces) (0:17): MP3
      24. Remarks on Gregory Corso (5:27): MP3
      25. A Step (from Pieces) (0:58): MP3
      26. Having To (from Pieces) (0:51): MP3
      27. The Car (from Pieces) (1:32): MP3
      28. Pieces of Cake (from Pieces) (0:31): MP3
      29. The Finger (from Pieces) (9:04): MP3
      30. One Thing (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:10): MP3
      31. I Cannot See You (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:12): MP3
      32. Gemini (from Pieces) (1:06): MP3
      33. In Secret (from Pieces) (0:26): MP3
      34. Time is some sort of hindsight (from Pieces) (0:33): MP3
      35. Follow the Drinking Gourd . . . (from Pieces) (2:58): MP3

      The Door: Selected Poems, 1975

      Full Reading (42:14): MP3

      1. The Return (partial) (0:22): MP3
      2. Sanine to Leda (0:45): MP3
      3. An Obscene Poem (0:37): MP3
      4. Broken Back Blues (1:07): MP3
      5. For Somebody's Marriage (0:32): MP3
      6. Le Fou (0:44): MP3
      7. The Crisis (0:36): MP3
      8. For Rainer Gerhardt (1:06): MP3
      9. The Immoral Proposition (0:38): MP3
      10. I Know a Man (0:33): MP3
      11. The Business (0:36): MP3
      12. The Warning (0:23): MP3
      13. The Whip (0:49): MP3
      14. A Wicker Basket (1:31): MP3
      15. The Door (4:11): MP3
      16. A Token (0:19): MP3
      17. The Gift (0:39): MP3
      18. The Name (1:24): MP3
      19. Love Comes Quietly (0:23): MP3
      20. The Rocks (0:48): MP3
      21. I is the Grandson (1:37): MP3
      22. The Language (0:40): MP3
      23. The Measure (0:26): MP3
      24. The Woman (2:12): MP3
      25. Distance (3:01): MP3
      26. Some Place (0:57): MP3
      27. Going (0:22): MP3
      28. The Hole (1:36): MP3
      29. Intervals (0:42): MP3
      30. Numbers (4:52): MP3
      31. Looking for a Way (0:19): MP3
      32. Persons (0:50): MP3
      33. The Act of Love (1:51): MP3
      34. Time (1:02): MP3
      35. Massachusetts (1:17): MP3
      36. For Benny and Sabina (0:51): MP3
      37. Smoke (0:53): MP3
      38. For the Graduation: Bolinas School, June 11, 1971 (0:44): MP3

      Original released on cassette by S Press, Dusseldorf/München, Germany.

      Rockdrill 1: I Know a Man, Poems 1945 - 1975

      CD available for purchase from Rockdrill, a series commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London.

      1. Return (0:28): MP3
      2. For an Anniversary (0:27): MP3
      3. The Europeans (0:16): MP3
      4. The Revelation (0:27): MP3
      5. Chasing the Bird (0:41): MP3
      6. The Changes (0:34): MP3
      7. Stomping with Catullus (1:10): MP3
      8. The Picnic (0:38): MP3
      9. The Sentence (0:27): MP3
      10. Preface to "For Love" (1:28): MP3
      11. A Song (0:58): MP3
      12. The Crisis (0:35): MP3
      13. The Innocence (0:36): MP3
      14. After Lorca (0:37): MP3
      15. The Dishonest Mailman (0:32): MP3
      16. The Immoral Proposition (0:33): MP3
      17. The Conspiracy (0:29): MP3
      18. I Know a Man (0:29): MP3
      19. The Disappointment (0:23): MP3
      20. Naughty Boy (0:40): MP3
      21. The Whip (1:13): MP3
      22. All That is Lovely in Mean (0:23): MP3
      23. A Form of Women (1:27): MP3
      24. Please (1:01): MP3
      25. Oh No (0:30): MP3
      26. Goodbye (0:41): MP3
      27. A Marriage (0:30): MP3
      28. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:56): MP3
      29. If You (1:00): MP3
      30. Heroes (0:59): MP3
      31. The Door (4:12): MP3
      32. Kore (0:55): MP3
      33. The Rain (0:59): MP3
      34. Midnight (0:28): MP3
      35. Mind's Heart (0:18): MP3
      36. Love Comes Quietly (0:23): MP3
      37. The People (0:32): MP3
      38. The Wife (0:34): MP3
      39. For Love (2:31): MP3
      40. Preface to "Words" (1:03): MP3
      41. The Rhythm (1:11): MP3
      42. The Mountains in the Desert (0:34): MP3
      43. For W.C.W. (0:35): MP3
      44. I (1:31): MP3
      45. Something (1:03): MP3
      46. Anger (4:55): MP3
      47. The Answer (0:28): MP3
      48. Some Echoes (0:23): MP3
      49. A Prayer (0:17): MP3
      50. Joy (0:17): MP3
      51. A Picture (0:27): MP3
      52. Here (0:13): MP3
      53. Intervals (0:35): MP3
      54. From "Song" (Allen Ginsberg) (0:12): MP3
      55. As Real as Thinking (0:37): MP3
      56. The Moon (1:08): MP3
      57. Names (0:26): MP3
      58. America (0:38): MP3
      59. Mazatlan: Sea (1:25): MP3
      60. B- (1:36): MP3
      61. Four (0:37): MP3
      62. Here (8:54): MP3
      63. "Do you think..." (2:01): MP3
      64. Massachusetts (1:31): MP3
      65. For Benny and Sabina (0:51): MP3
      66. Rain (0:58): MP3
      67. Rain (2) (0:34): MP3
      68. As Now It Would Be Snow (1:41): MP3
      69. For My Mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, April 8, 1887 - October 7, 1972 (3:13): MP3

      Reading of Just Buffalo, December 1, 1978

      Full Reading (35:43): MP3

      1. From "Presences" (15:09): MP3
      2. Think of the Good Times (incomplete) (4:01): MP3
      3. Paterson (incomplete) (3:02): MP3
      4. Arroyo (0:52): MP3
      5. This Day (1:36): MP3
      6. The Last Mile (1:47): MP3
      7. If I Had My Way (2:32): MP3

      PennSound only link to Full Reading with Denise Levertov: MP3

      Concerned Citizens for Cerritos Benefit Reading, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 6, 1979


      Reading with
      Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Nanao Sakaki

      Full Reading (2:12:13): MP3

      1. The Rhythm (1:16): MP3
      2. For No Clear Reason (0:55): MP3
      3. The Messengers (1:24): MP3
      4. Desultory Days (4:23): MP3
      5. The Fact (4:49): MP3

      Recordings from Naropa Poetics Audio Archives (1979-1999)

      • Class by Robert Creeley on the Academy of Practicing Poets (June 19, 1979): Link
      • Jack Collom, Carl Rakosi, Robert Creeley reading (June 20, 1979): Link
      • Lecture on language poetry - Part 1 (July 9, 1984): Link
      • Lecture on language poetry - Part 2 (July 9, 1984): Link
      • Lecture on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan - Part 1 (June 23, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan - Part 2 (June 23, 1986): Link
      • Lecture - Part 2 (June 27, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on John Wieners and his poems - Part 1 (June 30, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on John Wieners and his poems - Part 2 (June 30, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on poetry in motion (July 2, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on the imagination of procedure - Part 1 (July 4, 1986): Link
      • Lecture on the imagination of procedure - Part 2 (July 4, 1986): Link
      • Boulder Theater Naropa Institute reading (July 12, 1991): Link
      • Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley and Steve Lacy panel, Poetry and jazz - Part 1 (July 12, 1991): Link
      • Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley and Steve Lacy panel, Poetry and jazz - Part 2 (July 12, 1991): Link
      • Lecture at Boulder High School (July 8, 1994): Link
      • Lecture on eco-poetics - Part 1 (June 18, 1997): Link
      • Lecture on eco-poetics - Part 2 (June 18, 1997): Link
      • Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley, Michael Ondaatje panel (June 17, 1999): Link

      Larry Bell, Talk at TAOS/NM, May 28, 1980

      Full Reading (45:57): MP3

      1. On friends (7:46): MP3
      2. On difficult times (6:53): MP3
      3. On writing company (4:26): MP3
      4. On stability (7:58): MP3
      5. On relationships, Wells and Shelley (18:52): MP3

      This recording is part of the collection Robert Creeley

      Reading at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1981

      Full Reading (1:01:31): MP3

      1. Pre-Reading Conversation (11:25): MP3
      2. Introduction (3:34): MP3
      3. Creeley describes his first reading in Buffalo (2:32): MP3
      4. The Immoral Proposition (0:39): MP3
      5. The Operation (1:13): MP3
      6. Chanson (0:44): MP3
      7. The Conspiracy (0:30): MP3
      8. I Know a Man (0:34): MP3
      9. The Lover (0:43): MP3
      10. A Form of Women (2:04): MP3
      11. The Name (3:06): MP3
      12. The People (1:13): MP3
      13. I is the Grandson (3:39): MP3
      14. The Teachings (5:06): MP3
      15. The Moon (1:27): MP3
      16. from Numbers (9:01): MP3
      17. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:58): MP3

      Mark Saga Songs of Robert Creeley, Springfield, MA, March 7, 1982

      Full Reading (12:56): MP3

      This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection

      Talk/Discussion Before and After Seeing Stan Brakhage's film "The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes," April 9, 1982

      Full Reading (1:26:54): MP3

      This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.

      Willy's Reading by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, 1982

      ©Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian

      Reading in Berlin, November 6, 1983

      Full Reading (49:10): MP3
      Note: German translation by Klaus Reichert, read until 20:39, then Creeley reads

      This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.

      Appearing with John Ashbery in "Attitudes Towards the Flame," part of "The Territory of Art" radio series, produced and © by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1983


      written by Julia Brown, produced by Ara Guzelimian

      Full Reading (28:40): MP3
      Robert Creeley's portion of the recording (9:47): MP3

      1. Program Introduction (1:19): MP3
      2. Introduction of Robert Creeley (1:16): MP3
      3. Experiences of Despair and the Transformation that Occurs in Writing (1:13): MP3
      4. Mother's Voice (0:51): MP3
      5. Didactic Meter and Finding a Rhythm more Particular to Modes of Feeling (1:04): MP3
      6. The Measure of Time in Jazz (0:55): MP3
      7. Retrospect (0:23): MP3
      8. Knowing When a Poem is Done (1:18): MP3
      9. The Edge (1:27): MP3
      10. The Different Listening Experiences of Musicians and Formally Trained Critics (0:40): MP3
      11. Still Dancers (0:35): MP3

      Reading at the San Francisco Zen Center, 1983

      Full Reading (30:59): MP3

      1. Myself (1:36): MP3
      2. This World (1:10): MP3
      3. The House (2:35): MP3
      4. News of the World (2:54): MP3
      5. The Table (1:37): MP3
      6. Four Years Later (1:04): MP3
      7. Heaven (0:35): MP3
      8. Desultory Days (5:58): MP3
      9. Arroyo (1:15): MP3
      10. If I Had My Way (2:25): MP3
      11. Prayer to Hermes (3:08): MP3
      12. The Edge (1:57): MP3
      13. Time (2:06): MP3
      14. Rachel Had Said (2:34): MP3

      At Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, July 1984

      Full Reading (1:11:25): MP3

      1. Introduction by Reed Bye (1:59): MP3
      2. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:16): MP3
      3. Myself (1:07): MP3
      4. This World (1:22): MP3
      5. Barcelona: February 13, 1977 (0:46): MP3
      6. Echoes (incomplete) (2:20): MP3
      7. Blues (2:20): MP3
      8. The Edge (1:18): MP3
      9. Time (2:05): MP3
      10. Hotel Schrieder Heidelberg (1:56): MP3
      11. Ich Bin... (0:28): MP3
      12. Aprés Anders (6:01): MP3
      13. The Missing Link (0:57): MP3
      14. Shot (0:48): MP3
      15. The Old Days (0:17): MP3
      16. Lazy (0:11): MP3
      17. Paper (0:09): MP3
      18. Picture (0:33): MP3
      19. The View (0:42): MP3
      20. Mush (0:16): MP3
      21. Number (1:57): MP3
      22. La Cabeza (6:05): MP3
      23. Thanks (2:49): MP3
      24. Erotica (2:11): MP3
      25. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:27): MP3
      26. Anger (6:10): MP3

      MLA Reading, Washington, D.C., 1984

      Full Reading (62:30): MP3

      1. Introduction by Diane Wakoski (3:15): MP3
      2. Creeley's Thanks and Preface (1:41): MP3
      3. The Language (0:33): MP3
      4. Don't Sign Anything (1:01): MP3
      5. I Know a Man (1:24): MP3
      6. A Form of Women (1:34): MP3
      7. For Love (4:11): MP3
      8. Sitting Here (3:09): MP3
      9. Thee (0:58): MP3
      10. Situation Of (0:21): MP3
      11. Again (0:26): MP3
      12. The Which (0:48): MP3
      13. Ice Cream (0:46): MP3
      14. What (1:12): MP3
      15. The News (0:28): MP3
      16. Smell of Gum Wrappers (1:14): MP3
      17. Where We Are (2:41): MP3
      18. Voices from the Silence (4:03): MP3
      19. The Creative (7:22): MP3
      20. For My Mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, April 8, 1887 - October 7, 1972 (3:08): MP3
      21. Cebu (5:37): MP3
      22. So There (4:03): MP3
      23. This World (1:24): MP3
      24. Later pt. 6 ("Hey, Spot!"): (1:16): MP3
      25. Later pt. 8 (1:02): MP3
      26. Desultory Days (3:35): MP3
      27. Mother's Voice (1:20): MP3
      28. Bresson's Movies (2:33): MP3
      29. Post-reading remarks with Charlies Bernstein and others (1:08): MP3

      Creeley Interview, 1984 (34:47): .RAM

      Courtesy of Wired for Books

      Visiting the New College, September 20-25, 1985

      Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss
      Three lectures introduced by Aaron Shurin. Reading introduction by Duncan McNaughton

      September 20, 1985

      Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part I (1:35:46): MP3

      1. Challening the Image of Emily Dickinson as Eccentric, Reactive, and Fragile (11:06): MP3
      2. On the Comings and Goings of the Amherst Town and Church, Her Secondary School Education, and Her Daily Interactions (10:39): MP3
      3. On Her Family Life (3:34): MP3
      4. Reading from Emily Dickinson's Letters (8:28): MP3
      5. On the Patterns of her Friends and Family (13:47): MP3
      6. Reading from Emily Dickinson's Letters (3:19): MP3
      7. On Her Productivity During 1862 (2:39): MP3
      8. On Williams and Dickinson, and Not Providing Explanations (4:55): MP3
      9. Death and the Civil War in Relation to her Poetry (10:57): MP3
      10. Reading "Success is counted sweetest" (0:32): MP3
      11. Reading "Ambition cannot find him" (0:17): MP3
      12. Her Influences and Reading Interests (8:05): MP3
      13. Dilemmas of the Anthology Presentation, Rhythmic Shifts, Metric Variations, and Her Use of the Dash (3:23): MP3
      14. On the Notions of Place and Home (14:47): MP3
      September 23, 1985

      Full Poetry Reading (53:56): MP3
      Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part II (1:35:58): MP3

      September 25, 1985

      Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part III (1:56:13): MP3

      Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 1986


      with Gwendolyn Brooks

      Introduction by poet D.H. Melhem

      Full Reading (32:41): MP3

      Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley

      Reading at the Naropa Institute, July 5, 1986


      with
      Ed Dorn

      Full Reading (25:07): MP3

      Bilingual Reading in Germany with Klaus Reichert, September 1986

      Full Reading (39:50): MP3

      1. Chanson (1:22): MP3
      2. The Conspiracy (0:53): MP3
      3. The Dissapointment (0:45): MP3
      4. A Form of Women (2:47): MP3
      5. A Gift of Great Value (1:24): MP3
      6. Kore (1:26): MP3
      7. The Lady in Black (0:50): MP3
      8. The Gift (1:11): MP3
      9. For Love (4:26): MP3
      10. The Language (1:15): MP3
      11. Song (1:00): MP3
      12. The Hole (3:05): MP3
      13. Enough (7:12): MP3
      14. After (1:12): MP3
      15. Love (0:56): MP3
      16. Erotica (2:25): MP3
      17. The Edge (2:40): MP3
      18. Oh LOve (0:52): MP3
      19. If Happiness (0:54): MP3
      20. Waiting (0:27): MP3
      21. Song (1:11): MP3
      22. Self Portrait (1:37): MP3

      "New Letters on the Air" Reading and Interview, April 1988

      Full Reading (29:41): MP3

      Reading for the Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series, April 13, 1988

      Creeley by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, 1988

      ©Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian

      At the University of Helsinki, February 14, 1989

      Part 1, Full Reading (43:49): MP3
      Part 2, Full Reading (27:00): MP3

      Poets and Painters, Part 2, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, 1990


      with Robert Creeley, Eric Fischl, Jorie Graham, Brice Marden, and Arthur Danto

      Full Reading (1:06:54): MP3

      Charles Bernstein's graduate Seminar at SUNY-Buffalo, September 13, 1990

      Part 1, Full Reading (1:23:52): MP3
      Part 2, Full Reading (57:28): MP3

      1. Olson's Open Field, the Act of Creation, and the Body (4:50): MP3
      2. Olson and Williams' Experience of Woman (6:12): MP3
      3. The Lack of Company in Williams (2:57): MP3
      4. Beginning with One Thing in Mind and Ending with Another (6:06): MP3
      5. Creeley's Own Interest in Poetry and Fighting for New Ways of Reading and Writing (4:07): MP3
      6. The Beat Generation (4:25): MP3
      7. Allen Ginsberg and Rhythm (8:19): MP3
      8. Discussing Larry Eigner's "Country/Harbor/Quiet/Act/Around" (6:13): MP3
      9. The Spatial and Typographical in Eigner's Writing (4:55): MP3
      10. The Relation of Writing to the Body (6:50): MP3
      11. The Physicality of Articulation (2:08): MP3
      12. Turning Physical Disability into a Resource (8:53): MP3
      13. The Relationship of Speech to the Conditions of Poetry (2:46): MP3
      14. The Peripheral and the Central (3:00): MP3
      15. Writing on Paper, the Typewriter, and the Computer (11:48): MP3
      16. On Place (19:34): MP3
      17. Discussing the Poem "I" (17:58): MP3
      18. Reading "Something" (1:24): MP3
      19. Connection to the "I" in the Poems "I" and "Something" (1:21): MP3
      20. Reading "Walking" (0:23): MP3
      21. Making Use of Emotion in Poetry (4:58): MP3
      22. Thinking and Impedance (6:58): MP3
      23. Portraiture and Sincerity (4:42): MP3

      "Walking the Dog" Lecture Series on Poeticsat SUNY-Buffalo

      September 17, 1990

      Part 1 (1:11:04): MP3
      Part 2 (1:33:04): MP3, RealAudio

      October 15, 1990

      Part 1 (51:45): MP3
      Part 2 (51:40): MP3

      1. On jazz music and prosody in relation to a cluster of Beat and Black Mountain poets (3:23): MP3
      2. On Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, periodicity, and classic metrics (3:41): MP3
      3. On correspondence with Irving Layton on Robert Graves (14:02): MP3
      4. On Thomas Campion, weight and duration of syllables, and Michael Palmer's commentary in Code of Signals (5:31): MP3
      5. On Robert Lowell, open verse, and Campion's "Follow Thy Fair Sun" (5:48): MP3
      6. On rhythm in William Carlos Williams's "The World Narrowed to a Point" (3:37): MP3
      7. On Gertrude Stein and Ron Silliman's The New Sentence (8:23): MP3
      8. On Michael Palmer's commentary on Clark Coolidge's "A Note on Bop" (7:35): MP3
      9. On Robert Graves' thoughts on his contemporaries (5:02): MP3
      10. On aural vs. visual experiences of poetry and Louis Zukofsky (2:36): MP3
      11. Reads William Carlos Williams's "The Dance" (1:07): MP3
      12. Reads WCW's "Burning the Christmas Greens" (5:38): MP3
      13. Reads WCW's "History of Love" (0:30): MP3
      14. Reads WCW's "When Structure Fails Rhyme Attempts to Come to the Rescue" (2:05): MP3
      15. Reads WCW's "The Birth of Venus" (3:04): MP3
      16. Reads WCW's "The Seafarer" (1:32): MP3
      17. Reads WCW's "The Dish of Fruit" (0:19): MP3
      18. Reads WCW's "The Act" (1:26): MP3
      19. Reads WCW's "Lear" (1:33): MP3
      20. On Donald Wessling's The Scissors of Meter: Grammetrics and Reading (1:55): MP3
      21. On Ron Silliman, the sentence, and ordered authority in syntax (16:52): MP3
      22. Reads and Discusses Emily Dickinson's "My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun" (0:57): MP3

      Creeley talks to Charles Bernstein's Poetics Seminar; the focus is on gender issues. SUNY-Buffalo, Feb. 28, 1991

      Part 1 (46:58): MP3
      Part 2 (46:50): MP3
      Part 3 (47:00): MP3
      Part 4 (33:59): MP3

      Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, March 20, 1991

      Full Reading (48:03): MP3

      Creeley on Collaboration at Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, April 8, 1991

      Full Talk (1:02:43): MP3

      Poetry 1991 : The State of the Art, St. Marks Symposium, New York, May 3, 1991

      Complete Program (1:18:31): MP3

      Full Talk by Robert Creeley (27:54): MP3

      "The Radio Reading Project" with Ernesto Livon-Grossman, 1992

      Full Reading and Interview (59:18): MP3

      1. Introduction (2:12): MP3
      2. Preface to Selected Poems (4:25): MP3
      3. The Revelation (1:12): MP3
      4. "Guido, i'vorrei che tu e Lapo ed io," from The Charm (1:13): MP3
      5. Something for Easter (0:25): MP3
      6. The Charm (0:56): MP3
      7. Chasing the Bird (1:14): MP3
      8. For Somebody's Marriage (0:50): MP3
      9. "To work is to contradict contradictions, to do violence to natural violence..." (1:03): MP3
      10. The Picnic (0:48): MP3
      11. The Skeleton (0:29): MP3
      12. Le Fou (1:18): MP3
      13. The Innocence (1:55): MP3
      14. The Dishonest Mailman (0:31): MP3
      15. The Conspiracy (1:34): MP3
      16. A Form of Women (2:57): MP3
      17. Oh No (1:24): MP3
      18. The Sign Board (1:51): MP3
      19. The Rescue (0:48): MP3
      20. The House (1:23): MP3
      21. A Picture (3:43): MP3
      22. A Piece (0:16): MP3
      23. Interview with Ernesto Livon-Grossman (26:50): MP3

      Andrew Kohn Interview with Robert Creeley, December 16, 1992

      Full Reading (38:59): MP3

      This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection

      Reading at Ganz Auditorium, Roosevelt Auditorium, Chicago, April 1, 1993

      Complete Recording (32:53): MP3
      Courtesy of George Drury

      Ballade pour Robert Creeley, c. 1993

      Recorded by Jacques Darras in Paris for the France Culture documentary series Albatros. Creeley discusses his life and work and reads poems, with Pierre Joris, to the improvised jazz of Steve Lacy. Produced by Jacques Taroni for Radio France.

      Part 1 (40:54): MP3
      Part 2 (41:13): MP3

      Books Books Books

      This radio series pilot, from the mid-1990s, features Robert Creeley and Charles Bernstein. It was never broadcast and no other programs were produced.

      Full Reading: MP3, RealAudio

      Reading with Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe at SUNY Buffalo, March 31, 1995

      Introduction (2:50): MP3
      Histoire de Florida (18:24): MP3

      Robert Creeley in conversation with Alan Riach at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, July 26, 1995

      • Complete Recording (51:15): MP3
      • I Know a Man (0:25): MP3
      • The World (1:27): MP3

      SUNY Buffalo, Creeley @ 70 Celebration, October 11, 1996

      Opening event, 3-5pm at UB's Katharine Cornell Theatre. (1:30:20): MP3
      Introduction to event by organizer Charles Bernstein; introduction to Creeley by UB President William Greiner; (9:04) Joseph Conte introduction to Gilbert Sorrentino followed by Sorrentino reading; (58:52) Creeley talking; (1:13:28) Creeley reads "Dogs of Auckland"

      8:30pm at Cornell theater: Full Creeley reading followed by conversation with Jim Dine and Bernstein (2:13:11): MP3

      1. Introduction by Susan Howe (14:25): MP3
      2. Creeley's Preface (5:16): MP3
      3. Introduction to Mabel: A Story (8:15): MP3
      4. "For More" from Mabel: A Story (21:36): MP3
      5. Histoire de FLorida (21:01): MP3
      6. Introduction to Jim Dine by Charles Bernstein (5:04): MP3
      7. Conversation between Jim Dine, Charles Bernstein, and Robert Creeley (57:25): MP3

      Video Recording of Creeley evening reading (Part 1)

      Video of Jim Dine conversation (Part) 2

      Reading at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, May 18, 1998


      Kyle Schlesinger and Robert Creeley, Plainfield, Vermont, 1998
      1. On his poetic influences and the Norton Anthology (6:00): MP3
      2. "Sherwood" by Alfred Noyles; "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley (5:22): MP3
      3. "When I am Dead, my Dearest" by Christina Rosetti; "Hart Crane" (6:09): MP3
      4. On Slater Brown; "For Love" (5:04): MP3
      5. On the aging of his mother (7:43): MP3
      6. "For my mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, April 8, 1887-October 7, 1972" (5:08): MP3
      7. On the condition of poetry and meeting Penelope (5:44): MP3
      8. "So There" (3:22): MP3
      9. "Four Days in Vermont" (5:35): MP3
      10. "Help" (2:27): MP3

      For more information, click here

      Rockdrill 2: Just in Time, Poems 1976 - 1998

      CD available for purchase from Rockdrill, a series commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London.

      1. So There (3:36): MP3
      2. Myself (1:09): MP3
      3. This World (1:09): MP3
      4. The House (1:28): MP3
      5. I Love You (0:48): MP3
      6. For Years Later (1:07): MP3
      7. Thanks (0:56): MP3
      8. First Rain (0:41): MP3
      9. The Edge (1:20): MP3
      10. Song ("Love has no other friends") (1:13): MP3
      11. Time - for Willy (2:03): MP3
      12. Mother's Voice (0:56): MP3
      13. Buffalo Evening (0:34): MP3
      14. Oh Max (5:25): MP3
      15. Room (0:29): MP3
      16. Massachusetts May (0:35): MP3
      17. Fathers (1:08): MP3
      18. Memory Gardens (0:44): MP3
      19. Supper (0:13): MP3
      20. Mother's Photograph (0:36): MP3
      21. Valentine (0:29): MP3
      22. Back (1:01): MP3
      23. The Doctor (1:11): MP3
      24. Stairway to Heaven (0:44): MP3
      25. Oh (0:40): MP3
      26. "Ever since Hitler..." (0:39): MP3
      27. Thinking (1:13): MP3
      28. Whatever (0:32): MP3
      29. Helsinki Window (5:37): MP3
      30. Spring Light (0:39): MP3
      31. New Mexico (1:13): MP3
      32. East Street Again (0:48): MP3
      33. A Note (1:02): MP3
      34. This House (1:19): MP3
      35. Edges (1:43): MP3
      36. Histoire de Florida (19:17): MP3
      37. Credo (2:07): MP3
      38. Goodbye (1:14): MP3
      39. Four Days in Vermont (4:47): MP3
      40. Edges (2:40): MP3
      et2.

      SUNY-Buffalo, November 5, 1999

      Full Video (1:05:40): RealVideo

      This event took place Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 at 8 p.m., Allen Hall, South Campus, State University at Buffalo, New York and was also
      broadcast live on WBFO, 88.7 FM. Thanks to Just Buffalo Literary Center, WBFO, SUNY Buffalo, and Robert Creeley for
      permission to make this event available on the Web. RealVideo by Anya Lewin. EPC feed.

      Reading at Harvard University, 1999


      courtesy
      Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard.
      1. Introduction by Jorie Graham (5:55): MP3
      2. Histoire de Florida (20:54): MP3
      3. Possibilities (10:00): MP3

      Reading at the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Camden, NJ, November 21, 1999

      After an introduction, Creeley talks about Whitman and starts his reading with "Histoire de Florida"

      Reading and brief discussion (1:11:32): MP3

      This recording is courtesy of Jack Krick

      The Connection, WBUR-FM Boston radio program, January 4, 2000

      At Kelly Writers House, April 10 & 11, 2000

      Photographs of the visit

      April 10 Reading: Quicktime Video

      MP3 singles of April 10 reading

      1. Place (0:31): MP3
      2. Won't it be Fine? (2:57): MP3
      3. Bresson's Movies (1:12): MP3
      4. Echoes (0:43): MP3
      5. En Famille (5:13): MP3
      6. Help (1:03): MP3
      7. Love (0:25): MP3
      8. Myself (2:02): MP3
      9. The House (1:32): MP3
      10. There (1:03): MP3
      11. Thinking (0:52): MP3
      12. This World (0:08): MP3
      13. End of Presences: A Text for Marisol (9:07): MP3
      14. "Where late the sweet birds sang..." (4:20): MP3

      April 11 interview and conversation moderated by Al Filreis

      Full Interview (1:20:06): MP3 (audio only); QuickTime Video
      Podcast of the Interview and Conversation: MP3

      1. Introduction (5:45): MP3
      2. On using Monologue (6:29): MP3
      3. Using tools to make objective writing and sound (5:49): MP3
      4. Poems of memory and assumption (4:46): MP3
      5. Making it new (6:11): MP3
      6. On the impact of William Carlos Williams's angry poetry (3:57): MP3
      7. On young poets (2:54): MP3
      8. Form as an expression of content (4:08): MP3
      9. On having few precedents (4:59): MP3
      10. On Denise Levertov (4:31): MP3
      11. Poetry, the internet, and social power (3:35): MP3
      12. Conversation with Marjorie Perloff about love poetry (7:01): MP3
      13. On making objective texts (4:05): MP3
      14. On Bob Dylan (3:08): MP3
      15. On hearing poetry read out loud (3:24): MP3
      16. Influences (3:03): MP3
      17. Reading and discussing A Valentine for Pen (3:55): MP3

      A selection of uncollected poems read at home in Waldoboro, Maine on June 11, 2000

      1. For Hannah's 14th Birthday (0:54): MP3
      2. For Will (1:39): MP3
      3. "Wild Nights, Wild Nights" (0:49): MP3
      4. "Where late the sweet birds sang..." (1:08): MP3
      5. En Famille (4:37): MP3
      6. Conversion to Her (2:52): MP3
      7. Clemente's Images (8:30): MP3
      8. As If (0:53): MP3
      9. Possibilities (4:31): MP3
      10. Anya (1:17): MP3
      11. Thinking (0:54): MP3
      12. "When I heard the learn'd astronomer..." (2:36): MP3
      13. For the Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony (1:40): MP3
      14. Cambridge, Mass 1944 (0:45): MP3
      15. Place to Be (0:46): MP3

      Recorded by Rick Alverson.
      Sequenced by Mike Hearst and Ben Swanson.

      "En Famille" was first published in En Famille by Robert Creeley (text) and Elsa Dorfman (photographs), Granary Books, New York, 1999.

      Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 2000


      with
      Michael Palmer

      Introduction by John Yau

      Full Reading (33:28): MP3
      Q&A with Creeley and Palmer (10:39): MP3

      Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley

      Creeley and the Persistence of Voice, in conversation with Bruce Jackson for Substance TV, 2001

      ©Substance TV

      Reading and discussing On Art and Collaboration, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 2002


      with painter and illustrator
      Alex Katz
      moderated by Raymond Foye

      Full Recording (59:42): MP3
      Q&A with Creeley and Katz (10:18): MP3

      Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center, Alex Katz, and The Estate of Robert Creeley

      Robert Creeley: A Home Movie

      A video interview with Ted Pelton, 2002.

      Bookworm interview, March 28, 2002

      Compete Interview MP3

      At the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, December 4, 2002

      Full Reading (59:55): MP3

      1. Introduction (5:01): MP3
      2. Yesterdays (7:41): MP3
      3. Pictures (6:53): MP3
      4. "If I were writing this..." (7:41): MP3
      5. Memory ("Somewhere Allen Ginsberg is..."): MP3
      6. Memory ("Remember when...") (0:53): MP3
      7. Mediterranean II (3:39): MP3
      8. War (0:58): MP3
      9. Talking ("I was trying to think of when rightly...") (0:49): MP3
      10. Paul (1:55): MP3
      11. For John Wieners (3:58): MP3
      12. Generous Life (1:13): MP3
      13. Q & A (14:38): MP3

      Recording courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

      Reading at the East Vancouver Cultural Center, September 11, 2003

      Full Reading (45:17): MP3

      1. Introduction by Robin Blaser (7:54): MP3
      2. Creeley's Introduction (5:02): MP3
      3. The Door (5:26): MP3
      4. "After School" by Robin Blaser (1:03): MP3
      5. Bresson's Movies (2:05): MP3
      6. Yesterdays (5:32): MP3
      7. Memory (3:19): MP3
      8. Emptiness (4:43): MP3
      9. For John Wieners (3:23): MP3
      10. Paul (1:59): MP3
      11. Ground Zero (2:27): MP3
      12. Generous Life (2:18): MP3

      Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series, Beinecke Library, November 13, 2003

      Full Reading, introduction by Richard Deming (55:14): MP3

      Recording Courtesy of Beinecke; Thanks to Nancy Kuhl

      Cross-Cultural Poetics radio program with host Leonard Schwartz, November 24, 2003

      Full Transcript of Show from Jacket: Link

      Full Reading (28:12): MP3

      1. Introduction (0:56): MP3
      2. Form as extension of content (1:34): MP3
      3. Poem in memory of Allen Ginsberg (3:09): MP3
      4. Discussing Allen Ginsberg (2:07): MP3
      5. Influence of Robert Graves; matriarchy in poetry (4:38): MP3
      6. "Conversion to Her" (2:49): MP3
      7. Presence of rhyme (1:32): MP3
      8. "John's Song" (1:55): MP3
      9. Poetry and language during the Bush administration (2:52): MP3
      10. On repetition (1:35): MP3
      11. "If I Were Writing This" (3:13): MP3
      12. Discussing "If I Were Writing This" (1:50): MP3

      Creeley reads Charles Olson's "Maximus, to Gloucester," Key West Literary Seminar, 2003


      More information at Littoral

      Full Reading (5:15): MP3

      Reading and Lecture - produced by Poem Present, the University of Chicago, April 1 and 2, 2004

      1. Full Reading (49:15): MP3; Video
      2. Full Lecture (1:05:35): MP3; Video

      Louis Zukofsky Centennial talk , Columbia University, September 17, 2004

      Full Recording (19:35): MP3

      1. Early advocates of Zukofsky's work (4:43): MP3
      2. Fragility to the world in Zukofsky's writing (1:50): MP3
      3. Visiting Louis and Celia in Brooklyn (3:03): MP3
      4. Promoting and publishing Zukofsky's work after his death (2:10): MP3
      5. What Zukofsky's work engages and locates (1:41): MP3
      6. With Zukofsky, Borges and Duncan in Austin, Texas (1:14): MP3
      7. Zukofsky as an accomplished prosodist (3:33): MP3
      8. The personal, intimate, and familial presence of Zukofsky (1:17): MP3

      Reading at CUE Art Foundation, January 18, 2005

      Full Reading (25:04): MP3
      Reading available as streaming video in addition to mp3 audio

      1. When I Think (2:22): MP3, YouTube
      2. War (0:59): MP3, YouTube
      3. Talking (1:08): MP3, YouTube
      4. Paul (1:49): MP3
      5. Old Song (0:53): MP3
      6. Oh, do you remember (2:22): MP3
      7. Mediterranean I (1:17): MP3
      8. Mediterranean II (1:39): MP3
      9. Jumping with Jackson (1:23): MP3
      10. Shimmer (4:01): MP3
      11. Sad Walk (1:32): MP3
      12. The Red Flower (2:54): MP3, YouTube
      13. Old Story from The Diary of Francis Kilver (1:13): MP3, YouTube

      Reading, Location and Date Unknown

      Full Reading (21:49): MP3

      Misc. YouTube Video readings converted to audio [date unknown]

      Guo Chen-Jia's Chinese Translations of Creeley's Poems, Location and Date Unknown

      Full Reading (15:33): MP3

      Also of interest

      Courage with Robert Creeley, The Way Out is Via The Door (info on CD)
      Have We Told You All You Thought To Know? (info on CD)

      Robert Creeley on PennSound Daily

      Home Movies and Oral Histories

      Conversation with his mother, Genevieve Jules Creeley, first visit to Gloucester, probably summer 1970. For more info see Jacket 2's feature on this. (Sidney Goldfarb appears near end or recording.)

      Full Recording (32:32): MP3

      Robert Creeley and Company: Home Movies (1962-1965) [use this link]
      by Bobbie Louise Hawkins



      These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2015 The Estate of Robert Creeley. Used with permission of Robert Creeley. Distributed by PennSound.