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Conversation with John Ashbery, Oral History Initiative: On Frank O'Hara, Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard, April 5, 2011

  1. introduction (1:41): MP3
  2. Ashbery describing how het met Frank O'Hara (5:21): MP3
  3. discussing his years at Harvard with Frank (7:14): MP3
  4. Frank's time at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the Poets Theater, and his piano playing (5:29): MP3
  5. Frank's return to NYC after Michigan, his job at MoMA, and John Latouche's salons (4:32): MP3
  6. The Living Theater and acting in "Desire Caught by the Tail" with Frank (2:22): MP3
  7. Ashbery on the inspiring, friendly competition between himself, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch (2:16): MP3
  8. on Jane Bowles (2:14): MP3
  9. retelling the story of Frank becoming the victim of a holdup (2:23): MP3
  10. Frank's letter-writing and modesty (4:24): MP3
  11. Frank at the Poets Theater in Cambridge and as a reader of poetry (4:21): MP3
  12. Frank's generosity and willingness to entertain everyone and the difficulty of talking to him alone (1:57): MP3
  13. reading two letters from Frank O'Hara (8:21): MP3
  • complete recording (53:46): MP3

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Reading for Double Change, Paris, Nantes, and Angers, April 15-20, 2010

Reading The Big Something at his NYC home, July 4, 2009

  1. Introduction (0:10): MP3
  2. American Cowslip (0:51): MP3
  3. First Drift (1:31): MP3
  4. Greetings from Dalmatia (2:58): MP3
  5. Greetings from Dalmatia, part 2 (2:41): MP3
  6. The Little Past Midnight Snack (1:12): MP3
  7. Dog (0:41): MP3
  8. The Human Being and the Human Nothingness (3:38): MP3
  9. Extra Star (1:17): MP3
  10. A Brief Correspondence Course (0:42): MP3
  11. Snow (1:44): MP3
  12. How to be a Woodpecker (3:32): MP3
  13. Goethe (0:46): MP3
  14. The Rue de Rennes (1:30): MP3
  15. The Way of All Handwriting (0:42): MP3
  16. Oklahoma Dawn (1:43): MP3
  17. Poem (0:47): MP3
  18. Tom and Jerry Graduate from High School (3:10): MP3
  19. Euphues (1:26): MP3
  20. My Room (3:55): MP3
  21. Famous Flames (3:41): MP3
  22. Popular Mechanics (5:24): MP3
  23. At Apollinaire's Tomb (2:17): MP3
  24. The Salt and Pepper Shakers (1:51): MP3
  25. M'sieur Tarzan (3:37): MP3
  26. To Woody Woodpecker (0:31): MP3
  27. Who and Each (2:05): MP3
  28. Coors (1:58): MP3
  29. Light as Air (8:11): MP3
  30. Indian Territory (1:36): MP3
  31. Smoke (0:48): MP3

Reading for Double Change, Paris, February 20, 2007

Reading as part of The Line Reading Series, April 8, 2003

  1. Lytle Shaw's Introduction (2:05): MP3
  2. Padgett's Opening Remarks (1:36): MP3
  3. from Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003):

  4. Chapter 1 from Oklahoma Tough (6:15): MP3
  5. Opening Remarks on Nice People Among the Pint Pitchers (1:53): MP3
  6. Nice People Among the Pint Pitchers (12:35): MP3

complete reading (24:27): MP3

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, February 26, 2003

  1. Chapter 1 of Oklahoma Tough (7:36): MP3
  2. poems from You Never Know (2002):

  3. "The Drink" (1:09): MP3
  4. "Morning" (0:54): MP3
  5. "To Myself" (0:42): MP3
  6. "The Missing Lips" (0:39): MP3
  7. "Not Particularly" (0:39): MP3
  8. "Fairy Tale" (1:36): MP3
  9. "J and J" (0:57): MP3
  10. "For a Moment" (0:32): MP3
  11. "Fixation" (0:31): MP3
  12. "Obit Backlash" (1:07): MP3
  13. "The Austrian Maiden" (0:57): MP3
  14. "Mountains are a Feeling" (0:46): MP3/li>
  15. "The County Fair" (0:59): MP3
  16. "The Sweeper" (0:52): MP3
  17. "Bluebird" (0:36): MP3
  18. "Medieval Salad Dive" (0:37): MP3
  19. "You Never Know" (0:36): MP3
  20. "Poet as Immortal Bird" (0:29): MP3
  21. "My Trip to Italy" (1:20): MP3
  22. "Haiku" (0:08): MP3
  23. "Bob Creeley Breakthrough" (1:03): MP3
  24. "Feathers" (0:26): MP3
  25. "The Love Cook" (0:27): MP3
  26. "Penser Juste" (1:04): MP3
  27. "Sacred Heart" (1:39): MP3
  28. "Amy" (1:13): MP3

Interviewed on miPOradio by Amy King

  • part one (42:41): MP3
  • part two (33:20): MP3

Reading at unknown location, November 20, 1979

  1. Introduction (0:36): MP3
  2. Joe Brainard's Painting Bingo (1:35): MP3
  3. The Farmer's Head (0:40): MP3
  4. Detach, Invading (2:02): MP3
  5. Poema del City (1:35): MP3
  6. Poema del City 2 (1:15): MP3
  7. Wilson '57 (15:03): MP3
  • complete recording (23:03): MP3

Recording from the Maureen Owen Collection of Greenwich Village Poetry, at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Reading at Droll/Kolbert Gallery, November 16, 1978

  1. After Lorca (1:14): MP3
  2. Déjà Vu (0:38): MP3
  3. Framed Picture (0:34): MP3
  4. Poem for El Lissitzky (1:03): MP3
  5. Blue Bananas (1:25): MP3
  6. Red Bendix (0:42): MP3
  7. High Heels (0:57): MP3
  8. Postcard (0:54): MP3
  9. Love Poem (1:18): MP3
  10. Lessons in Things: The Beings of Nature (2:09): MP3
  11. Lessons in Things: The Uses of Metals (0:45): MP3
  12. Lessons in Things: Precious Materials (0:53): MP3
  13. Lessons in Things: Our Houses (1:03): MP3
  14. Lessons in Things: Lighting (1:12): MP3
  15. Lessons in Things: Vacations (0:52): MP3
  16. Lessons in Things: Milk (1:44): MP3
  17. Lessons in Things: Food (1:21): MP3
  18. Lessons in Things: Flowers (0:32): MP3
  19. Lessons in Things: The Vegetable Garden (2:10): MP3
  20. Lessons in Things: The Banana Tree (1:25): MP3
  21. Lessons in Things: Coffee (1:42): MP3
  22. Lessons in Things: The Races of Men (0:57): MP3
  23. Lessons in Things: The Human Body (1:20): MP3
  24. Lessons in Things: Animals (2:21): MP3
  25. Lessons in Things: Insects (1:12): MP3
  26. Lessons in Things: The Air and Wind (1:26): MP3
  27. Lessons in Things: Water (1:08): MP3
  28. Lessons in Things: Clouds, Thunder and Lightning (1:01): MP3
  29. Lessons in Things: Steam and Electricity (1:12): MP3
  30. Lessons in Things: The Telegraph and Telephone (1:14): MP3
  31. Lessons in Things: Time (0:57): MP3
  • complete recording (37:21): MP3

Appearing on Public Access Poetry, February 16, 1978

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

The Music Lesson (7:33): MP3

Ron Padgett on PennSound Daily

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