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Charles Tomlinson

edited by Richard Swigg

The Complete Poems, 1985–1999

recorded at the Keele University music studio and Tomlinson's home in Gloucestershire, 1985–2001 [click here]


In Conversation with Sean Street for Two Counties Radio, December, 1983

    Complete Recording (54:05): MP3

Charles Tomlinson Reads His Poems, 1985

  1. The Fox Gallery (3:21): MP3
  2. Hawks (1:23): MP3
  3. The Picture of J.T. in a Prospect of Stone (1:57): MP3
  4. Event (0:46): MP3
  5. A Given Grace (1:19): MP3
  6. Stone Speech (1:08): MP3
  7. A Rose for Janet (1:06): MP3
  8. The Beech (1:37): MP3
  9. Winter Journey (2:09): MP3
  10. On the Principle of Blowclocks (3:05): MP3
  11. Above Manhattan (2:08): MP3
  12. What Virginia Said (0:58): MP3
  13. Hero Sandwiches (1:29): MP3
  14. All Afternoon (1:42): MP3
  15. Lament for Doormen (1:15): MP3
  16. In Longfellow's Library (1:06): MP3
  17. A Death in the Desert (2:24): MP3
  18. The Cavern (2:15): MP3
  19. Arroyo Hondo (1:09): MP3
  20. Mr. Brodsky (1:59): MP3
  21. The Well (1:53): MP3
  22. A Sense of Distance (1:39): MP3
  23. To Ivor Gurney (1:18): MP3
  24. The Sound of Time (0:55): MP3
  25. The Littleton Whale (5:26): MP3
  26. During Rain (1:10): MP3
  27. The Door (1:09): MP3
  28. The Chances of Rhyme (3:19): MP3

Recorded at Keele University, Clock House Studios, Staffordshire, UK, September 17, 1985


Charles Tomlinson Reading at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, February 25, 1986


Charles Tomlinson Reads His Stoke Poems, 1985

  1. At Stoke (1:09): MP3
  2. The Slag Heap (1:27): MP3
  3. Steel: the night shift (1:37): MP3
  4. Canal (2:54): MP3
  5. Poem for My Father (1:12): MP3
  6. John Maydew, or The Allotment (2:52): MP3
  7. The Hand at Callow Hill Farm (2:26): MP3
  8. The Farmer's Wife (2:50): MP3
  9. Black Brook (1:21): MP3
  10. The Question (1:24): MP3
  11. The Shaft (2:07): MP3
  12. After a Death (3:12): MP3
  13. Night Ride (1:28): MP3
  14. Gladstone Street (2:08): MP3
  15. Etruria Vale (1:22): MP3
  16. The Way In (4:17): MP3
  17. The Tree (1:22): MP3
  18. Midlands (0:40): MP3
  19. Portait of the Artist I (0:50): MP3
  20. Portait of the Artist II (1:43): MP3
  21. The Hoard (1:43): MP3
  22. Consolations for Double Bass (2:38): MP3
  23. The Rich (1:26): MP3
  24. Class (1:15): MP3
  25. The Hawthorn in Trent Vale (2:01): MP3
  26. Written on Water (2:40): MP3
  27. The Marl Pits (1:42): MP3

Recorded at Keele University, Clock House Studios, Staffordshire, UK, September 18, 1985


Charles Tomlinson Reads His Poems on Music, 1987

  1. Poem (1:39): MP3
  2. Their Voices Rang (1:13): MP3
  3. Nine Variations in a Chinese Winter Setting (2:01): MP3
  4. Flute Music (1:45): MP3
  5. Programme Note (excerpt) (2:36): MP3
  6. Words for the Madrigalist (1:46): MP3
  7. Hearing the Ways (1:07): MP3
  8. Walking to Bells (0:59): MP3
  9. At Wells (0:46): MP3
  10. Music's Trinity (1:02): MP3
  11. The Sound of Time (0:57): MP3
  12. A Little Night Music (1:08): MP3
  13. A Night at the Opera (2:23): MP3
  14. Curtain Call (1:14): MP3
  15. In Verdi Square (1:32): MP3
  16. Three Wagnerian Lyrics (1:40): MP3
  17. Beethoven Attends the C Minor Seminar (2:30): MP3
  18. The Spring Symphony (1:49): MP3
  19. To Ivor Gurney (1:09): MP3
  20. Melody (2:52): MP3
  21. Ode to Arnold Schoenberg (2:30): MP3
  22. Orion over Farne (1:30): MP3
  23. Chaconne for Unaccompanied Violin (0:50): MP3
  24. Da Capo (1:02): MP3
  25. Prometheus (4:28): MP3
  26. Consolations for Double Bass (2:03): MP3
  27. Mr. Brodsky (1:48): MP3
  28. At Huexotla (1:39): MP3
  29. The Tax Inspector: at Tlacolula (1:30): MP3
  30. Valle de Oaxaca (1:50): MP3
  31. Portobello Carnival 1973 (2:09): MP3
  32. Movements I (1:34): MP3

Recorded at Keele University, Clock House Studios, Staffordshire, UK, November 11, 1987


Charles Tomlinson Reads Machado and Tyutchev, 1993

Reading his translations of Antonio Machado (from Castilian Ilexes: Versions from Antonio Machado, 1875-1939 [Oxford, 1963], with Henry Gifford)

  1. Childhood Recollection (1:16): MP3
  2. Twelve was Chiming (0:38): MP3
  3. Embers of a violet dusk (0:28): MP3
  4. The Draw-Wheel (0:56): MP3
  5. Gloss (3:38): MP3
  6. O luminous late day! (0:50): MP3
  7. Guitar of the Roadside Inn (0:42): MP3
  8. Winter Sun (0:43): MP3
  9. Portrait (2:48): MP3
  10. The Ilexes (5:33): MP3
  11. Summer Night (0:46): MP3
  12. To a Dry Elm (1:42): MP3
  13. Poem of a Day (8:34): MP3
  14. November 1913 (0:52): MP3
  15. Lament (2:50): MP3
  16. The Ephemeral Past (2:32): MP3
  17. Grey Olives (0:21): MP3
  18. To José Maria Palacio (1:55): MP3
  19. To the Young Thinker José Ortega y Gasset (0:43): MP3
  20. Solitary Olive Tree (0:31): MP3
  21. From Galerias (0:28): MP3
  22. Waters (from Proverbs and Canticles) (0:56): MP3
  23. Further Proverbs and Canticles (1:10): MP3
  24. Guadalquivir (0:30): MP3
  25. Lines to a Master (1:30): MP3

Reading his translations of Fyodor Tyutchev (from Versions from Fyodor Tyutchev, 1803-1873 [Oxford, 1960], with Henry Gifford)

  1. At Tegernsee (0:46): MP3
  2. Sea and Rock (1:18): MP3
  3. Sea Dream (0:20): MP3
  4. Wave and Thought (0:42): MP3
  5. The Past (0:14): MP3
  6. Russia (1:27): MP3
  7. Italian Villa (0:50): MP3
  8. Neither Thought nor Threat (0:36): MP3
  9. First Leaf (2:11): MP3
  10. Spring: a formal Ode (0:44): MP3
  11. Spring Storm (0:44): MP3
  12. Riding (0:30): MP3
  13. The Fountain (0:40): MP3
  14. Silentium! (0:52): MP3
  15. You my Sea Wave (0:51): MP3
  16. A Storm, on the Road (1:52): MP3
  17. The Pacification (0:31): MP3
  18. Riverscape" (0:37): MP3
  19. The Fires (0:57): MP3
  20. Summer Storm (0:42): MP3
  21. On a Still Night (0:28): MP3
  22. Under Mont Blanc (0:49): MP3
  23. Entering Autumn" (0:45): MP3
  24. At the Imperial Village (0:50): MP3
  25. Winter (0:33): MP3
  26. The Prayer (0:17): MP3
  27. The Shadow (0:21): MP3
  28. Let, Lord, Your Pity Fall (1:02): MP3
  29. Night Takes the Distances (0:51): MP3
  30. Night Wind (0:50): MP3
  31. Read Here, Distracted Heart (0:43): MP3
  32. At Vshchizh (0:53): MP3
  33. Livonian Plains (1:14): MP3
  34. Nature a Sphinx (0:22): MP3
  35. On His Brother's Death (1:01): MP3
  36. To His Wife (0:22): MP3

Recorded at Charles Tomlinson's home in Gloucestershire, UK, September 26, 1993


The Modern Age: Hugh Kenner and Charles Tomlinson in Conversation, 1988

  1. Part 1 (45:47): MP3
  2. Part 2 (38:45): MP3

Recorded at Tomlinson's home in Gloucestershire, June 24th 1988


Octavio Paz Talks to Charles Tomlinson, 1989

  1. Octavio Paz in England: An Introduction by Charles Tomlinson (17:47): MP3
  2. Paz in India, England and Cambridge (2:29): MP3
  3. Wordsworth and The Prelude (3:06): MP3
  4. Blake, cosmology and Cowley (3:14): MP3
  5. Myth and the tree-trimmer (3:38): MP3
  6. Irony (0:47): MP3
  7. Savigno's The Childhood of Nirvasio Dolcemare (2:33): MP3
  8. Irony and Marvell (1:20): MP3
  9. Paz's early poetry (6:10): MP3
  10. Paz on modern Mexico (1:39): MP3
  11. Poetry as Time (2:24): MP3
  12. Speech versus écriture and modern criticism (2:41): MP3
  13. Poetry, morality, Wilde (0:57): MP3
  14. Paz as a public figure (2:38): MP3
  15. The Waste Land contrasted with Four Quartets; Eliot contrasted with Pound (1:00): MP3
  16. Huidobro, Neruda, Machado (3:00): MP3
  17. Defining the poet and defending poetry: Pope, Shelley, Sidney (3:17): MP3
  18. Hopkins in Spanish (1:32): MP3
  19. Poetry and the modern novel (0:48): MP3
  20. Paz, music and poetry (2:20): MP3

complete recording (1:01:27): MP3

Recorded at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK, May 1989


also of interest: "Addressing One's Peers: The letters of Charles Tomlinson and George Oppen, 1963–1981," at Jacket2, also edited by Swigg

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