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Tom Raworth


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Close Listening recording session 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.

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

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

Presentation at New College; recorded November 12, 1981.

Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss

  • complete recording (1:22:34): MP3

SUNY-Buffalo, April 15, 1982

(1:11:49): MP3

  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

Reading at the New College, March 1, 1985

  • Complete Reading (33:31): MP3
  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

March 4, 1988 at the Allentown Community Center, Buffalo

(53:14): MP3

  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

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

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

Complete Reading (40:12): MP3

  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

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

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

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

  • complete recording (24:14): 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

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

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

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

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Reading at UCSD, 2000

Complete reading (21:38): RealAudio

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

  • complete recording (19:00): MP3
  1. Introduction (1:28): MP3
  2. Firewall (5:52): MP3
  3. Unable to Create (0:48): MP3
  4. Crowded with OTO's 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

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 at Steel Bar, October 13, 2001

  • Complete Reading (23:53): MP3
  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 OTO's 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

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

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 Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London, April 18, 2012

with Andrei Codrescu, Gunnar Harding, and Anslem Hollo

Video by Stephen Fowler

Reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, October 14, 2012

  • Complete Recording (45:56): 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 others

"Three Minutes for Ed"

Video by Stephen Fowler

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

  • complete reading (27:47): MP3

Also of Interest:

Read more about and listen to Raworth's works at Meshworks

Tom Raworth on PennSound Daily:

Tom Raworth PennSound page first edited by Kun Jia.

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