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PennSound Podcast #38 - Robert Duncan on Whitman (16:33): MP3


PoemTalk Podcast #27, discussing Duncan's "Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow," January 14, 2010

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

Readings

Reading with Michael McClure at SFSU, February 16, 1983

  1. Robert Duncan: introductory remarks (2:38): MP3
  2. Robert Duncan: Walking on Kearny Street (1:03): MP3
  3. Robert Duncan: Descriptions of Imaginary Poetries (3:30): MP3
  4. Robert Duncan: Stuff ark mower bottle (1:24): MP3
  5. Michael McClure: And cold tired empty to be so spread in air (1:29): MP3
  6. Michael McClure: La Plus Blanche (1:01): MP3
  7. Michael McClure: Mad Sonnet (1:07): MP3
  8. Michael McClure: We're in the middle of a deep cloud (0:44): MP3
  9. Robert Duncan: RE- (2:06): MP3
  10. Michael McClure: Cousin to the mole and mold (2:03): MP3
  11. Michael McClure: Ode to Jackson Pollock (3:38): MP3
  12. Robert Duncan: A Set of Romantic Hymns (13:00): MP3
  13. Michael McClure: A Fantasy and Courtly Poem (1:37): MP3
  14. Michael McClure: Yes Table (1:46): MP3
  15. Michael McClure: Rant Block (4:18): MP3
  16. Robert Duncan: A Poem of Despondencie (3:56): MP3
  17. Michael McClure: The Rains of February (1:49): MP3
  18. Michael McClure: How beautiful gravity is (1:20): MP3
  19. Michael McClure: How beautiful gravity is (second reading) (0:28): MP3
  • Complete Reading (49:38): MP3 (There is a five-second break at around 44:00 where the tape turned.)

    Reading in Buffalo, 1982

    • Preamble (17:54): MP3
    • 1. "The Dignities," the imagination, nationhood, Christendom and Dante's Divine Comedy (6:20): MP3
      2. Ludwig Wittgenstein, being a "poet of the spirit," and being a "Christian non-Christian" (4:52): MP3
      3. language mysticism and prayer (6:40): MP3

    • Reading
    • 1. The Dignities (18:07): MP3
      2. from Passages: Stimmung (7:28): MP3
      3. from Passages: Enthralled (3:27): MP3
      4. from Passages: Quand le Grand Foyer Descend Dans les Eaux (2:50): MP3
      5. from Passages: In Blood's Domain (6:00): MP3
      6. After Passage (5:19): MP3
      7. Seams (2:45): MP3
      8. The Five Songs (16:35): MP3

      complete reading (1:02:08): MP3
      *all poems read, with the exception of The Five Songs, appear in the "The Regulators" sequence of Passages, from Ground Work II: In the Dark.

    • PLUS: Sermon (21:02): MP3

    Lectures on Walt Whitman, New College, June 11-18, 1981

    Recordings provided courtesy of David Levi Strauss

    June 11, 1981

    • Part One (2:52:22): MP3

    June 16, 1981

    • Part Two (2:55:12): MP3

    June 18, 1981

    • Part Three (2:44:11): MP3

    Lectures on Emily Dickinson, New College, June 23-July 2, 1981

    Recordings provided courtesy of David Levi Strauss.

    June 23, 1981

    • Part One (3:08:42): MP3

    June 30, 1981

    • Part Two (2:54:31): MP3

    July 2, 1981

    • Part Three (2:51:53): MP3

    Reading on "Wind and Sea, Fire and Water" at the American Psychoanalytic Society, November 23, 1980

    Complete Reading (1:24:09): MP3

    Charles Olson Memorial Lectures at SUNY-Buffalo, March 1979

    Reading at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard College Library, 1977

    1. Introduction by Jim Randall (1:42): MP3
    2. Toward His Malaise (from "To Master Baudelaire") (7:39): MP3
    3. Among His Words (from "To Master Baudelaire") (1:42): MP3
    4. The Face (from "To Master Baudelaire") (2:13): MP3
    5. A Glimpse (4:04): MP3
    6. And Hell is the Realm of God's Self-Loathing (0:40): MP3
    7. O! (3:52): MP3
    8. Childhood's Retreat (1:27): MP3
    9. Structure of Rime XXVIII: In Memoriam Wallace Stevens (3:22): MP3
    10. A Little Language (from "Dante Etudes") (7:01): MP3
    11. To Speak My Mind (from "Dante Etudes") (1:29): MP3
    12. Everything Speaks to Me (from "Dante Etudes") (2:14): MP3
    13. My Soul Was as if Free (from "Dante Etudes") (3:59): MP3
    14. Nor Dream in Your Hearts (from "Dante Etudes") (1:20): MP3
    15. For the Sea is God's (from "Dante Etudes") (1:52): MP3
    16. Where the Fox of This Stench Sulks (from "Dante Etudes") (3:34): MP3
    17. In Truth Does She Breathe Out Poisonous Fumes (from "Dante Etudes") (1:36): MP3
    18. Then Many a One Sang (from "Dante Etudes") (1:23): MP3
    19. In My Youth Not Unstained (from "Dante Etudes") (1:49): MP3
    20. And a Wisdom as Such (from "Dante Etudes") (1:24): MP3
    21. Of Memory (from "Four Supplementary Etudes") (3:23): MP3
    22. Hers (from "Four Supplementary Etudes") (0:58): MP3
    23. I Too Trembling (from "Four Supplementary Etudes") (1:11): MP3
    24. In the South (from "An Alternate Life") (9:39): MP3
    25. Home Coming (from "An Alternate Life") (4:17): MP3
    26. Supplication (from "An Alternate Life") (4:55): MP3
    27. Quotidian (from "An Alternate Life") (8:10): MP3
    28. Closing Remarks (0:24): MP3

    Special thanks to the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University for providing these recordings.

    Reading at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, December 12, 1972

    1. Poetry, a Natural Thing (2:46): MP3
    2. Spark from this Flint by von Heartstruck (3:46): MP3
    3. Opening: Eliot & the Metaphysical Poets (3:34): MP3
    4. Being Imitations, Derivations, and Varitations upon Certain Conceits and Findings Made Among Hard Lines (0:52): MP3
    5. From Sir Walter Raleigh's "What Is Our life?" (3:43): MP3
    6. From Thomas Suttle's "The Burning Babe" (5:33): MP3
    7. From George Herbet's "Jordan I" (2:47): MP3
    8. From George Herbert's "Jordan II" (1:26): MP3
    9. Passages 36 (False Start and Tape Change) (1:12): MP3
    10. Passages 36 (Complete) (6:39): MP3
    11. Despair in Being Tedious (4:20): MP3
    12. Opening : On "Over There" (3:28): MP3
    13. Over There (4:26): MP3
    14. Structured of Rime 28: In Memoriam Wallace Stevens (3:23): MP3

    Complete Reading (48:46): MP3

    Reading From Passages in Berkeley, March 6, 1970

    1. Introduction by David Bromige & "This Place Rumored to Have Been Sodom" & Passages 1-10 (48:23): MP3
    2. Passages 11-13 (25:18): MP3
    3. Passage 14 (29:03): MP3

    (recording courtesy of Ron Silliman)

    At the Berkeley Poetry Conference, 1965

    1. Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow (from The Opening of the Field) (1:08): MP3
    2. Structure of Rime 9 (from The Opening of the Field) (2:03): MP3
    3. Structure of Rime 10 (from The Opening of the Field) (1:38): MP3
    4. Structure of Rime 11 (from The Opening of the Field) (1:13): MP3
    5. Apprehensions (from Roots and Branches) (17:02): MP3
    6. Osiris and Set (from Roots and Branches) (2:54): MP3
    7. A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar (from The Opening of the Field) (11:14): MP3
    8. The Continent (from Windings) (4:30): MP3
    9. The Multiversity (from Groundwork, Vol. 1) (4:04): MP3

    Reading in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 29, 1964

    1. Introduction and Opening: On the Open Field (5:17): MP3
    2. Roots and Branches (1:18): MP3
    3. What Do I Know of the Old Law? (3:23): MP3
    4. Opening: On Publication and the Floating Bear (2:26): MP3
    5. Afterthought (4:47): MP3
    6. Opening: Play in H.D. Book (1:09): MP3
    7. "What Time of Day Is It?..." (6:53): MP3
    8. Opening: On "Passages" (The Cantos and Spring & All) (3:50): MP3
    9. Passages (7:33): MP3
    10. A Song of the Old Order (2:48): MP3
    11. Witch's Song (from Faust Foutu: A Comic Masque) (3:29): MP3
    12. Complete Reading (44:07): MP3

    Reading in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 26, 1963

    1. The Question (3:01): MP3
    2. Structure of Rime 9 (2:11): MP3
    3. Structure of Rime 10 (1:41): MP3
    4. Structure of Rime 11 (1:31): MP3
    5. Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal (2:15): MP3
    6. Apprehensions (17:35): MP3
    7. Come Let Me Free Myself (1:39): MP3
    8. Risk (4:44): MP3
    9. Structure of Rime: "Back to the figure..." (4:34): MP3
    10. Osiris and Set (4:31):MP3
    11. Two Presentations (5:46): MP3
    12. A Song of the Old Order (4:04): MP3
    13. Witch's Song (from Faust Foutu: A Comic Masque) (3:26): MP3
    14. Opening: On A Set of Romantic Hymns - To Michael McClure and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1:28): MP3
    15. A Set of Romantic Hymns (8:38): MP3
    16. Sonnet 1(2:53): MP3
    17. Sonnet 2 (0:57): MP3
    18. Sonnet 3, from Dante's Sixth Sonnet (0:53): MP3
    19. Sonnet 4 (1:34): MP3
    20. Opening: On the Pindar poem and Apprehensions (1:16): MP3
    21. Witch's Song from Faust Foutu (repeated) (2:16): MP3
    22. A Poem Beginning with a Line from Pindar (12:12): MP3

    Complete Reading (1:34:05): MP3

    Reading at the University of British Columbia, August 5, 1963

    Complete Reading (2:02:38): MP3 (file temporarily unavailable)

    Reading with Paul Carroll, March 29, 1962

    Complete Reading (44:23): MP3

    Reading in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1961

    • July 23 Reading (3:05:22): MP3
    • July 24 Reading (3:32:11): MP3
    • July 25 Reading (3:10:17): MP3

    Reading at Second City, Chicaco, Illinois, April 7, 1960

    Sponsored by Paul Carroll and Big Table

    Complete Reading (59:59): MP3

    Reading and discussion of "Often I am Permitted" at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, May 18, 1959

    Text of poem

    Complete Reading (1:01:41): MP3

    Often I Am Permitted (2:00): MP3

    Original recording by the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. PennSound publication made with thanks to the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University for their archival work.

    Robert Duncan reading his poems, Berkeley, CA, March 22, 1952

    from
    the Lee Anderson Collection at the Beinecke Library, Yale University
    1. Unkingd by Affection (1:25): MP3
    2. Africa Revisited (9:18): MP3
    3. Five Pieces (1:57): MP3
    4. Hero Song (1:08): MP3
    5. An Imaginary Woman (1:23): MP3
    6. The Dreamers (2:04): MP3
    7. The Helmet of Goliath (2:27): MP3
    8. The Kingdom of Jerusalem (1:56): MP3
    9. The Mirror (2:24): MP3
    10. The Reaper (1:33): MP3
    11. Huon of Bordeaux (1:01): MP3
    12. The Albigenses (2:05): MP3
    Complete Recording (29:28): MP3

    Rare recording of Robert Duncan's songs and early poetry, 1951

    Complete Recording (Beginning audio is distorted, but improves into the reading.)
    Part 1 (24:54):
    MP3
    Part 2 (44:14): MP3

    The Opening of the Field (date and location unknown)

    • part one (29:23): MP3
    • part two (29:23): MP3

    Reading and Discussing His Work (date and location unknown)

    Complete Reading (16:34): MP3

  • Reading from "Medea at Kolchis: The Maiden Head" and "A Play with Masks" (date and location unknown)

    Recording courtesy of Bob Perelman

    Complete Reading (51:07): MP3

    Lectures

    Seminar on H.D., 1986

    • Part one (46:42): MP3
      1. the drive to wreck the Christian tradition (5:10): MP3
      2. mystery in Imagist poems and Yeats' turn to philosophy (4:04): MP3
      3. what arouses the poet to write and H.D.'s interest in astrology (1:41): MP3
      4. Jung and Freud (3:18): MP3
      5. H.D.'s interest in the period at the end of the 18C and the war trilogy (3:19): MP3
      6. lore and the lure of meaning (2:04): MP3
      7. divine mystery, Robert Graves' handbook on Greek mythology, and variations on myths (8:55): MP3
      8. comparative religion and contradictory stories (4:38): MP3
      9. fictions and the matter of the poem and rarefied literature (3:18): MP3
      10. contradictions in Bible passages, the cult of Mary Magdalene, and H.D.'s use of Biblical figures (10:12): MP3
    • Part two (46:12): MP3
    • Part five (44:29): MP3
    • Part six (44:11): MP3

    "Another Look at Imagism," recorded March 31, 1983 at University of Maine, Orono

    • Part one (46:35): MP3
      1. Hulme, the beginning of Imagism, and the Neoplatonic idea of what an image is (5:47): MP3
      2. accurate presentation in Hulme v. later Imagist poems (2:58): MP3
      3. the mystery of what Imagism was (6:10): MP3
      4. Flint's description of Imagism from the March 1913 issue of Poetry (5:58): MP3
      5. evocation, the nature of the magic image, the presence of the idea, and the manifestation of divine forces (12:09): MP3
      6. Pound, rhythm and the intellectual and emotional complex (4:12): MP3
      7. simplex/complex split between Impressionist Imagism and Pound's Imagism (4:02):MP3
      8. Eliot's etherized patient as a memorable image, his conversion to the Anglo-Catholic Church, and world poetry (5:10): MP3
    • Part two (46:41): MP3
    • Part three (30:46): MP3
    • (recording courtesy of Rachel Blau DuPlessis)

    "On Olson and Projective Verse," New College, February 17, 1982

    Complete recording (2:21:27):
    MP3

    Reading of Various Poems at Intersection, recorded March 24, 1981

    1. introductory remarks (3:06): MP3
    2. The Dignities (11:07): MP3
    3. The First (6:35): MP3
    4. Stimmung (7:07): MP3
    5. Enthralled (3:03): MP3
    6. Quand le Grand Foyer Descends dans les Eaux (6:21): MP3
    7. Blood's Domain (4:50): MP3
    8. After This Passage (3:35): MP3
    9. With In (0:59): MP3
    10. From the Fall of 1950 December 1980 (4:36): MP3
    Complete reading (51:51): MP3

    "Beginning with Sordello..." recorded March 30, 1980

    Complete recording (1:39:45):
    MP3

    Lectures at the Zen Center, recorded 2/10/1980-3/9/1980

    "The Adventure of Whitman's Line," recorded February 18, 1979

    "Physics and Literature," Miriam College, 1978

    Complete recording (1:00:10): MP3

    Reading at National Poetry Festival, June 14-24, 1973

    Objectivists and After

    • Part One (33:02): MP3
    • Part Two (33:01): MP3

    Lecture on Ezra Pound

    • Part one (45:41): MP3
    • Part two (45:26): MP3

    "Romeo and Juliet as a Mystery Play," UC Berkeley, February 8, 1972

    Complete recording (1:45:01): MP3

    Reading of various poems, date and location unknown

    1. A Poem Beginning With A Line by Pindar (12:03): MP3
    2. An Owl Is An Only Bird of Poetry (4:55): MP3
    3. Apprehensions (17:18): MP3
    4. Two Presentations (5:40): MP3

    Charles Olson Memorial Lectures, date unknown

    Memorial Reading for Robert Duncan, San Jose State University, Incognito Lounge, November 1990

    1. Introduction (2:44): MP3
    2. Jim Powell (12:56): MP3
    3. Aaron Shurin (12:24): MP3
    4. Leslie Scalapino (8:49): MP3
    5. David Bromige (15:01): MP3
    6. Aldon Nielsen (13:05): MP3
    7. Robert Glück (17:31): MP3
    • Complete reading (1:23:42): MP3

    Recording played by Ed Kissam and David Bromige

    In a class, David Bromige played this recording of Duncan, possibly a duplicate of one on this page: date and location unknown

    Complete recording (1:00:57): MP3

    "Sound and Voice," Date Unknown

    From the Talk Series curated by Bob Perelman

    • Tape 1 (1:29:51): MP3
    • Tape 2 (1:28:58): MP3
    • Tape 3 (44:53): MP3
    • Tape 4 (39:41): MP3

    Robert Duncan on PennSound Daily

    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author's estate. (c) 2010 by the Jess Trust. Used with permission of the Jess Trust. Distributed by PennSound.