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Close Listening at Studio 111, UPenn, March 13, 2006

A conversation with host Charles Bernstein (30:42): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #50, discussing Tom Raworth's "Errory," February 28, 2012

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


Reading for the MFA Reading Series, Boise State University, Boise, February 22, 2013

  • Complete reading (27:47): MP3

Reading as part of the tribute to Ed Dorn at the London Review of Books, November 29, 2012

With Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Elaine Feinstein, Tom Pickard, Justin Katko and other.

"Three Minutes for Ed"

Video by Stephen Fowler

Reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, October 14, 2012

  1. Opening Remarks (4:43): MP3
  2. The Beckening Harpoon (1:49): MP3
  3. In Bong of Bell (0:35): MP3
  4. In Memoriam of Wittgenstein (0:13): MP3
  5. Firewall (5:50): MP3
  6. Transports of Delight (0:30): MP3
  7. Flat one (0:16): MP3
  8. Tv (0:10): MP3
  9. Taxonomy (0:10): MP3
  10. North West Ohio(0:12): MP3
  11. Los Angeles (0:06): MP3
  12. Mexico (0:14): MP3
  13. Emptily (5:58): MP3
  14. There are Few People Who Put on any Clothes Staring it (3:16): MP3
  15. Down the Turn Spike (1:48): MP3
  16. Does the Wave Left Tune Me (5:58): MP3
  17. For Mountains and Gardens (0:32): MP3
  18. Creeking Candle (0:15): MP3
  19. Peanut Galleria (0:14): MP3
  20. Title Forgotten (0:26): MP3
  21. Why I’m Not a Mathamatician (1:07): MP3
  22. Leads to Disaster (0:30): MP3
  23. Drone of Your Own (0:21): MP3
  24. Close the Loop on This (0:43): MP3
  25. The Stride the Palindrome (0:39): MP3
  26. Hidden Key Right from Banana Jar by Fanny Fur Coda (1:00): MP3
  27. Where Does Light Speen (0:20): MP3
  28. Spear Shaking (2:10): MP3
  29. Ivers Fall (0:44): MP3
  30. Jitan (1:26): MP3
  31. Got Me (0:32): MP3
  32. You’ve Ruined my Evening You’ve Ruined my Life (1:06): MP3
  33. Olympic Games (0:42): MP3
  34. War or Wick (0:28): MP3
  35. Coffee Tobacco Hemp (0:37): MP3
  • Complete recording (45:56): MP3

Reading at The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London, April 18, 2012

With Andrei Codrescu, Gunnar Harding, and Anselm Hollo.

Video by Stephen Fowler

From Charles Bernstein's Portraits Series: Tom: The Night the Lights Went On, May 14, 2008, London

Tom Raworth
Tom, Maggie O'Sullivan and I had spent the day walking around London & Tom pointed out the place his father worked and also the place where he had one of his first jobs. When Tom was young, during the Blitz, the city was blacked out at night. But Tom remermbered a night, at the end of the war, when crowds gathered in the streets and the lights went on. 1945.
(mp4, 24 sec., 9.2 mb)


Kelly Writers House, March 13, 2006

  1. Introduction by Charles Bernstein (1:10): MP3
  2. Listen Up (1:25): MP3, [ text ]
  3. Reference (0:14): MP3
  4. Logbook, page 106 (1:17): MP3
  5. Logbook, page 291 (1:10): MP3
  6. Logbook, page 298 (1:01): MP3
  7. Logbook, page 301 (1:02): MP3
  8. Logbook, page 345 (0:59): MP3
  9. Logbook, page 356 (1:14): MP3
  10. Logbook, page 372 (1:18): MP3
  11. Logbook, page 399 (1:19): MP3
  12. Logbook, page 444 (1:06): MP3
  13. Logbook, page 453 (0:52): MP3
  14. Writing (35:11): MP3
  15. Caller (7:29): MP3
  16. Poem Poem (instrumental rendering) (1:40): MP3
Complete reading (1:00:11): MP3

Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, March 11, 2006

  1. Introduction by Charles Borkhuis (2:23): MP3
  2. Last Words (Peter Porter Envoi) (1:30): MP3
  3. Systems Disruption (0:26): MP3
  4. Emptily (5:28): MP3
  5. The Mosquito and the Moon (3:21): MP3
  6. Death to a Star (22:22): MP3
  7. Caller (7:21): MP3
  8. War on Terror (instrumental rendering) (1:00): MP3
Complete reading (27:45): MP3

Reading at Steel Bar, October 13, 2001

  1. Intellectual Compost 3 (1:02): MP3
  2. Intellectual Compost 4 (0:42): MP3
  3. Sixty Words I've Never Used Before (1:50): MP3
  4. Meadow (7:48): MP3
  5. Unable to Create Carrier (0:56): MP3
  6. Crowded with Otiose Passengers (0:50): MP3
  7. No Hard Feelings (0:32): MP3
  8. Ingot We Trust (0:31): MP3
  9. Shown (0:28): MP3
  10. Looking for Language (0:26): MP3
  11. Autumn Problem (0:17): MP3
  12. Drinking Electricity (1:22): MP3
  13. Translation (3:46): MP3
  14. Song and Closing Remarks (3:12): MP3
  • Complete reading (23:53): MP3

Reading as part of The Line Reading Series, October 9, 2001

  1. Lytle Shaw's Introduction (1:51): MP3
  2. Just How Intelligent is the Pilot Whale? (1:41): MP3
  3. Sleepy Villa (1:00): MP3
  4. Transfer Track (0:22): MP3
  5. Sleep, Perch (0:21): MP3
  6. Remember When People Were Tortured? (0:22): MP3
  7. Intellectual Compost 3 (0:36): MP3
  8. Firewall (5:43): MP3
  9. Intellectual Compost 4 (1:02): MP3
  10. Tricking Electricity (1:23): MP3
  11. Translation (3:41): MP3
  12. Merchandising Slogans (Visual-auditory Notebook) (with xylophone postlude) (2:48): MP3
Complete reading (22:17): MP3

Reading for the Segue Series at Double Happiness, March 10, 2001

  1. Introduction (1:28): MP3
  2. Firewall (5:52): MP3
  3. Unable to Create (0:48): MP3
  4. Crowded with Otiose Passengers (0:47): MP3
  5. No Hard Feelings (0:34): MP3
  6. Rhodopsin Blues (0:32): MP3
  7. Shown (0:26): MP3
  8. Ingot We Trust (0:29): MP3
  9. List (1:08): MP3
  10. Suffering from a Painful, Trapped Mood (0:43): MP3
  11. Translations (2:38): MP3
  12. Closing Remarks (3:10): MP3
  • Complete recording (19:00): MP3

Beyond the Page Series: Reading at the Faultline Theater, San Diego, California, February 27, 2000

    Video

    1. Introduction (1:33): MP3
    2. Looking for Language (0:23): MP3
    3. The Happening (0:27): MP3
    4. Proust from the Bottom Up (1:27): MP3
    5. Firewall (6:22): MP3
    6. 14-Line Poems (0:52): MP3
    7. 60 Words I've Never Used Before (1:57): MP3
    8. Jungle Book (1:00): MP3
    9. Pessimist (0:11): MP3
    10. The Arsenic-Proof Baby (0:30): MP3
    11. No + On = Noon (1:54): MP3
    12. Situations (0:17): MP3
    13. Just Because My Teeth Are Pearly (0:21): MP3
    14. Stag Skull Mounted (6:15): MP3
    15. Cat Van Cat (1:00): MP3
    16. Differences in Common (0:29): MP3
    17. No Hard Feelings (0:32): MP3
    18. Rhodopsin Blues (0:33): MP3
    19. Shown (0:26): MP3
    20. Pyrophoric (0:28): MP3
    21. Ingot We Trust (0:25): MP3
    22. No Music (0:27): MP3
    23. Music Box (1:53): MP3
    • Complete reading (33:51): MP3
    • Curated by Stephen Cope and Joe Ross, courtesy of Joel Kuszai

    Reading at UCSD, 2000

    Complete reading (21:38): RealAudio

    Reading at the Ed Dorn Memorial Tribute, San Francisco, Cloud House Poetry Archives, February 17, 2000

    Also with readings by Steve Dickison, Gordon Brotherston, Bob Callahan, Tom Clark, Stephen Emerson, Joanne Kyger, and Duncan McNaughton.

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    At The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, November 17, 1998

    Complete reading (20:33): MP3

    Tom Raworth and Steve Nelson-Raney, Alternating Currents Live, March 01, 1998

    1. Part 1 (03:47): MP3
    2. Part 2 (01:49): MP3
    3. Part 3 (07:16): MP3
    4. Part 4 (05:59): MP3
    5. Part 5, With Music Box (01:41): MP3
    6. Part 6 (02:37): MP3
    7. Steve Nelson-Raney Solo (05:41): MP3

    At The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, October 18, 1997

    Complete reading (38:34): MP3

    Reading for the Segue Series at HERE, New York, October 4, 1997

    1. introduction by Elizabeth Fodawski(1:42): MP3
    2. Out of a Sudden and Firewall (5:58): MP3
    3. Meadow (7:25): MP3
    4. Unable to Create Carrier (2:17): MP3
    • Complete recording (19:40), include intro to series by James Sheerry: MP3

    Interview with George Drury, Strong Coffee, Chicago, February 10, 1993

    Complete recording (52:45): MP3

    Segue Series reading at The Ear Inn, February 25, 1995

    • Complete recording (24:14): MP3

    Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, October 9, 1991

    1. Not Under Holly or Green Boughs (for David and Nicole) (1:19): MP3
    2. The Blood Think, and Pauses (0:48): MP3
    3. September Morning (0:26): MP3
    4. The Third Retainer (0:29): MP3
    5. from All Fours (1:56): MP3
    6. from Eternal Sections (6:35): MP3
    7. Out of the Pictures (4:00): MP3
    8. from Survival (5:09): MP3
    9. from The Vein (4:57): MP3
    Complete reading (27:28): MP3

    Big Slippers On: Fourteen Poems by Tom Raworth

    Cassette recording originally published by Ulli Freer at Microbrigade.
    1. Vein (5:24): MP3
    2. Wit Wither (1:54): MP3
    3. Blue Screen (6:39): MP3
    4. All Fours (1:59): MP3
    5. Gaslight (1:00): MP3
    6. Proust (1:19): MP3
    7. Catacoustics (5:44): MP3
    8. Belt (0:06): MP3
    9. Poe (0:05): MP3
    10. Attitude (0:02): MP3
    11. What's This All About (0:05): MP3
    12. Los Angeles (0:14): MP3
    13. Infinite Variety Stales (0:25): MP3
    14. Blue Vacuum Cleaner (0:15): MP3
    Recorded October 20th, 1993 at Tom & Val's Base, Cambridge.
    Recorded by G. Boulting mix & dAT M. Richie, Ulli Freer

    Segue Series Reading at The Ear Inn, New York, March 24, 1989

    1. Reading from His Book "Eternal Sections", Part 1 (9:26): MP3
    2. Reading from His Book "Eternal Sections", Part 2 (10:07): MP3
    3. Reading from His Book "Eternal Sections", Part 3 (10:10): MP3
    4. Reading from His Book "Eternal Sections", Part 4 (10:01): MP3

    Complete reading (40:12): MP3

    Reading from Tottering State and other works for WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL, March 8, 1989

    Produced by Lois Baum and George Drury.

    Complete recording (56:17): MP3

    March 4, 1988 at the Allentown Community Center, Buffalo

    1. Waiting (0:59): MP3
    2. Six Days (6:28): MP3
    3. The Moon Upo-on the Waters (2:40): MP3
    4. Situations (0:39): MP3
    5. Songs of the Depression (1:18): MP3
    6. The West (0:18): MP3
    7. West Wind (1:56): MP3
    8. New Moon (7:38): MP3
    9. Sentenced to Death (27:41): MP3

    Complete recording (53:14): MP3

    Reading at the New College, March 1, 1985

    1. Incomplete Poem (3:02): MP3
    2. Male (0:42): MP3
    3. Living Under the Divine Right of Sherriffs (0:25): MP3
    4. Only a Rubber Stamp in Time (0:25): MP3
    5. No Idea at All (0:25): MP3
    6. English Opium (0:35): MP3
    7. Sinnerfold (0:16): MP3
    8. In Bong of Bell (0:29): MP3
    9. Level (1:13): MP3
    10. August the 1st, 1982 (0:16): MP3
    11. Electronic Atmosphere (0:31): MP3
    12. Just Like Old Times (0:18): MP3
    13. V (0:14): MP3
    14. Working in China (0:10): MP3
    15. Forty Winks Solid on Broadway (0:09): MP3
    16. Adiabatic Albedo (0:25): MP3
    17. Nothing (0:39): MP3
    18. Juice (1:52): MP3
    19. From the Rainbow Tablets (2:33): MP3
    20. Descriptive Verse (1:02): MP3
    21. Tractor Parts (0:55): MP3
    22. Perpertual Motion (2:05): MP3
    23. Stag Skull Mounted (5:50): MP3
    24. Into the Living Sea (0:22): MP3
    25. The Moon U-poon the Waters (0:59): MP3
    26. Reverse Map (0:32): MP3
    27. Who Would True Valor See (1:13): MP3
    28. The Corpse in My Head (1:17): MP3
    29. Purely Personal (0:47): MP3
    30. Slight Verse (0:12): MP3
    31. Entry (0:26): MP3
    32. Fin de Nuit (0:14): MP3
    33. Railway Express (0:16): MP3
    34. Blue Pig (0:10): MP3
    35. Late Night Poems (0:33): MP3
    36. Shooting Sticks (0:18): MP3
    • Complete reading (33:31): MP3

    SUNY-Buffalo, April 15, 1982

    1. Introduction by Robert Creeley (6:56): MP3
    2. Face (13:24): MP3
      1. Face (6:21): MP3
      2. In Mind (4:19): MP3
      3. In Motion (1:58): MP3
    3. Writing (17:43): MP3
    4. A Random Into the End (5:09): MP3
    5. Catacaustic, Part 1 (8:15): MP3
    6. Catacaustic, Part 2 (12:29): MP3

    Complete recording (1:11:49): MP3

    Presentation at New College; recorded November 12, 1981

    • Complete recording (1:22:34): MP3

    Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss.

    Rockdrill 5: Writing, Tom Raworth Poems 1966-1979

    1. Writing (32:26): MP3
    2. Just How Intelligent Is the Pilot Whale? (0:18): MP3
    3. Damn the Neutrinos! (0:12): MP3
    4. Quillets (0:13): MP3
    5. Making Marks (1:45): MP3
    6. 'towards finding out the truth' (0:21): MP3
    7. 'reversals of performance levels' (0:26): MP3
    8. 'one precious fragment' (0:21): MP3
    9. 'forced to act' (0:20): MP3
    10. 'fear that increases' (0:21): MP3
    11. 'attitudes do not necessarily change' (0:20): MP3
    12. 'minarets were built singly' (0:23): MP3
    13. 'imperative is the index' (0:22): MP3
    14. 'apart from supporting' (0:23): MP3
    15. 'a very strange kind of intervention' (0:22): MP3
    16. 'a record of attractions' (0:22): MP3
    17. 'in a haze of nerve gas' (0:24): MP3
    18. 'passing near the black hole' (0:21): MP3
    19. 'he hated to get wet' (0:19): MP3
    20. 'gazing without expression' (0:19): MP3
    21. 'isolated in contrast' (0:19): MP3
    22. Emptily (5:23): MP3
    23. Wit Wither (2:06): MP3
    24. Errory (2:08): MP3
    25. Dark Senses (2:37): MP3
    26. Out of a Sudden (0:40): MP3
    27. Intellectual Compost 3 (0:42): MP3
    28. Unable to Create Carrier (0:53): MP3
    29. Crowded with Otiose Passengers (0:48): MP3
    30. Cat Van Cat (0:59): MP3
    31. Pyrophoric (0:32): MP3
    32. For John Gian (1:41): MP3
    33. Caller (3:09): MP3

    "Errory" is also featured on PoemTalk Episode 50.

    Rockdrill 4: Ace, Tom Raworth Poems, 1966-1979



    Published by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Optic Nerve for Birkbeck College, 2004.
    All tracks are from  Tom Raworth: Collected Poems ( Carcanet Press, 2003).
    Produced by Colin Still. Used with the permission of Colin Still.
    1. Drinking Electricity (1:42): MP3
    2. Anniversary (1:08): MP3
    3. My Face is My Own, I Thought (0:48): MP3
    4. Morning (0:30): MP3
    5. For Paul Dorn (0:37): MP3
    6. Six Days (6:39): MP3
    7. Ah the Poetry of Miss Parrot's Feet Demonstating the Tango (0:56): MP3
    8. Hot Day at the Races (0:54): MP3
    9. Got Me (0:34): MP3
    10. Shoes (0:45): MP3
    11. Gitanes (1:35): MP3
    12. Introduction (0:22): MP3
    13. Oratorio (0:29): MP3
    14. Variations (0:23): MP3
    15. Adagio (0:15): MP3
    16. Saraband (0:20): MP3
    17. Nocturne (0:21): MP3
    18. Traveling (0:45): MP3
    19. South America (1:18): MP3
    20. Come Back, Come Back, O Glittering and White! (0:32): MP3
    21. The Stroboscopic Forest Light Plays (0:17): MP3
    22. Your Number is Up (0:12): MP3
    23. Reference (0:13): MP3
    24. Energy Gap (0:18): MP3
    25. Toxophily (0:21): MP3
    26. Surgical Names: John (0:10): MP3
    27. Taxonomy (0:12): MP3
    28. Western World (0:32): MP3
    29. I Better Put a Pattern around This if They're Going to Call it a Poem (0:18): MP3
    30. The Century Doesn't Want to be 72 (0:11): MP3
    31. University Days (0:11): MP3
    32. Canvas (0:14): MP3
    33. The Only Sound in Dallas was the Mexican Beans Jumping (0:26): MP3
    34. A Blue Vacuum Cleaner (0:20): MP3
    35. The Beckoning Harpoon (0:14): MP3
    36. The Conscience of a Conservative (4:04): MP3
    37. Ulysses: or Trotsky's Death (0:26): MP3
    38. The Drama Review (0:57): MP3
    39. Funeral Cards (1:18): MP3
    40. Beautiful Habit (1:57): MP3
    41. Perpetual Motion (1:43): MP3
    42. Horse Power (2:38): MP3
    43. Coda: Songs of the Mask (0:32): MP3
    44. Ace (13:48): MP3
    45. Piety (0:16): MP3
    46. Skiey (0:28): MP3
    47. Sped on Alone (0:14): MP3
    48. Magnetic Water (1:22): MP3
    49. Pretense (7:53): MP3

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