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Basil King

Basil King is a painter/poet, born in England before WWII and living in Brooklyn since 1968. He attended Black Mountain College as a teenager and completed apprenticeship as an abstract expressionist in San Francisco and New York. For the past three decades he has taken his art "from the abstract to the figure, from the figure to the abstract." His books include Mirage: a poem in 22 sections, Warp spasm, Identity, 77 Beasts/ Basil King's Beastiary, Talisman#36/37, and In the Field Where Daffodils Grow, Short Stories.

Reading in Minneapolis, April 10, 2015

Mother of Pearl (8:01): MP3

Recording courtesy of Nicole Peyrafitte.

Recording for Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry, February 10, 2015

Full recording available here.

Reading for the Prose Pros Series, Sidewalk Café, November 6, 2014

The White Tablecloth (16:19):

Basil's Arc: A Celebration of the Paintings and Poetics of Basil King, Anthology Film Archives, September 22, 2012

Mitch Highfill, Joe Elliot, Hettie Jones, Martha King, and Michael Mann read from his Learning to Draw. Organized by Kim Lyons and the Friends of Basil King.

complete recording (33:33): MP3, Vimeo

Reading at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, NYC, January 25, 2012

Poet & Painter Basil King reads from his latest book Learning to Draw/A History (Skylight Press).

Video from Tawil Productions on Vimeo.

Reading from LEARNING TO DRAW/A HISTORY: TWIN TOWERS, Prose Pros Series at The Sidewalk Cafe, NYC, December 9, 2010

complete reading (34:43):

Reading from Warp Spasm, Prose Pros Series at The Sidewalk Cafe, NYC, November 5, 2009

complete recording (33:37): MP3

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These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2009 Basil King. Used with the permission of Basil King. Distributed by PennSound.