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Kenneth Irby


Kenneth Irby, May 2006 (photo courtesy of Ben Friedlander [see full size])

At Oread Books in Lawrence, Kansas, February 4, 2010

Reading from his new collection, The Intent On: Collected Poems, 1962 - 2006

Remastered Complete Recording (58:55):
MP3
Remastered audio courtesy of Benjamin D. Cartwright
    Original Recording
  1. Introduction by William J Harris (5:09): MP3
  2. Ken Irby thanks grad students, dedicates The Intent On (4:59): MP3
  3. Introduction and The Grasslands of North America (4:26): MP3
  4. Excerpt from a 1950 letter from Neil Cassady to Jack Kerouac (3:03): MP3
  5. Narrative (5:40): MP3
  6. Homage to Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" (4:52): MP3
  7. I have fetched phoenix papers (3:47): MP3
  8. As a Preface, March 1967 (1:40): MP3
  9. Written on Chuck Stein's 60th Birthday, August 23, 2004 (4:08): MP3
  10. Homage to Kasimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer (1:53): MP3
  11. A Valentine for Tom Meyer's birthday (1:38): MP3
  12. Late In The Winter (1:44): MP3
  13. Record (5:01): MP3
  14. Some Notes of House and Woods for Gerrit (9:48): MP3
  15. Homage (1:17): MP3

  16. Complete Recording (59:09): MP3

Raven's Reading with John Moritz, March 1, 2002

Ken Irby on KAW Radio, hosted by Philip Kimball. Lawrence, Kansas, January 1998

  1. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (T.S. Eliot) and introduction by Philip Kimball (2:25): MP3
  2. "Those Winter Sundays" (R. Hayden) (1:28): MP3
  3. "Pleasures" (D. Levertov) (2:02): MP3
  4. "The Goddess" (D. Levertov) (1:52): MP3
  5. "This Place Rumored To Be Sodom" (R. Duncan) (4:01): MP3
  6. "Maximus, to Himself" (C. Olson) (3:21): MP3
  7. "To the Sunset Breeze" (W. Whitman) (4:00): MP3
  8. "A Thought of Columbus" (W. Whitman) (3:59): MP3
  9. "The Muster" (H. Melville) (2:10): MP3
  10. "Commemorative of a Naval Victory" (H. Melville) (1:36): MP3
  11. [read by Philip Kimball] "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" (M.L. King) (9:21): MP3
  12. Excerpt from an interview with Ed Dorn in Mike & Dale's Younger Poets (2:26): MP3
  13. "Sketches from Edgewater" (E. Dorn) (3:42): MP3
  14. "Both Names Meaning Daisy" (P. Doud) (5:00): MP3
  15. "[Instructions]" (K. Irby) (2:20): MP3
  16. "[Borrowers]" (K. Irby) (2:14): MP3
  17. "The King's seal..." (K. Irby) (2:39): MP3
  18. "The quiet intricate..." (K. Irby) (3:35): MP3

  19. Complete Recording (1:03:03): MP3

Reading at Ear Inn, New York, December 12, 1987

  • Complete Recording (32:01): MP3

Reading at Ear Inn, New York, May 12, 1984

  1. introduction by Eric Mottram (1:30): MP3
  2. on Mary Butts (4:53): MP3
  3. Vision (by Mary Butts) (4:43): MP3
  4. The Pythian Ode (by Mary Butts) (6:05): MP3
  5. Juan-les-Pins (by Mary Butts) (4:50): MP3
  6. On an American Wonder-Child (by Mary Butts) (2:41): MP3
  7. Antibes (by Mary Butts) (3:14): MP3
  8. Return/Last draft of Sergey poem (by Mary Butts) (11:14): MP3
  9. on Erratics (3:36): MP3
  10. I met the Angel Sus (3:06): MP3
  11. the Skin Bridge (5:16): MP3
  12. kotodama (5:33): MP3
  13. Gutter Ode (4:03): MP3
  14. slowly the old stone (1:28): MP3
  15. homage to Andrei Bely (2:54): MP3
  16. given: three beavers in a tree (2:49): MP3
  17. A Set (13:17): MP3
Complete Recording (1:21:33): MP3

Reading at Tufts University, April 2, 1981. Introduction by Jeff Tilton.

  1. introduction (3:05): MP3
  2. "Joyful Night" by Jose Lezama Lima, translated by James Irby (6:06): MP3
  3. Tangencies (3:46): MP3
  4. Resistance (3:46): MP3
  5. An Homage to Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" from Catalpa (4:04): MP3
  6. "[Hosea Ballou, first president of Tufts...]" from Catalpa (2:15): MP3
  7. I Met the Angel Sus on the Skin Bridge (6:43): MP3
  8. Late in the Winter (2:26): MP3
  9. "[Restless the rain returns..."] (2:24): MP3
  10. Paraphrase of Pindar for Jonathan Williams (3:46): MP3
  11. Homage to Nicolas Poussin (2:11): MP3
  12. "[Reading in Charles Hackett's volumes...]" (8:25): MP3
  13. The Children's Corner "[Crow talk, woodpecker talk...]" (2:47): MP3
  14. "[Roy Andrew Miller's essay 'The Spirit of Japanese Language'...]" (3:35): MP3
  15. "[To tune the bowl, to play the bowl...]" (2:45): MP3
Complete Recording (59:23): MP3 (5-second break around (41:30))

Special thanks to Kyle Waugh for making this recording available.

Reading on September 23, year and location unknown

  • Complete Recording (45:30): MP3
  • (Sound quality of recording improves as it progresses.)

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