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Ear Inn, NYC

Ted Greenwald and Charles Bernstein founded the Ear Inn series in Fall 1978 with the Lally/Ashbery reading.

The Ear Inn series, co-sponsored by James Sherry's Segue Foundation, migrated to

  • HERE Cafe (1998)
  • Double Happiness, (1998-2001)
  • Bowery Poetry Club (2002-2012)
  • Zinc Bar, NYC (2012-present)


  • Double Happiness, and then to the Bowery Poetry Club, all the while keeping its curatorial character and staying on Saturday afternoons.
    Many of these recordings from the Ear Inn were made or collected by Charles Bernstein.


    The CD Live at the Ear, digitally remastered from Bernstein's Archival Collections from original taped readings (1978-1993), is the best introduction.


    fliers of first Ear season (pdf)

    September 16, 1978

    John Ashbery and Michael Lally
    Note: Ashbery and Lally alternated reading during the recording
    Ashbery, first set (16:46): MP3
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    Lally, "The softness of an ass" (3:33): MP3
    Lally, from South Orange Sonnets (16:42): MP3; & segmented: 4 (0:43): MP3, 6 (0:32): MP3, 7 (0:33): MP3 , 9 (0:32): MP3, 14 (0:34): MP3, 15 (0:30): MP3 , 16 (0:31): MP3, 19 (0:30): MP3, 20 (0:40): MP3
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    Ashbery from Litany (20:01): MP3
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    Lally, second set full (24:36): MP3
    & segmented: My Life (11:20): MP3, 1978 Almost Spring (1:14): MP3, Knowing (0:57): MP3, from Oomaloom (22:04): MP3 *
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    Complete reading (1:23:44): MP3

    October 21, 1978

    October 7, 1978 (exact date unknown)

    October 14, 1978

    October 28, 1978

    November 18, 1978

    November 25, 1978

    November 13, 1978

    December 2, 1978

    • David Bromige and Carol Korzeniowsky
    • Complete Recording, Part One (41:20): MP3
    • Complete Recording, Part Two (40:54): MP3