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Philip Whalen

reading at the Vancouver Poetry Festival, University of British Columbia, July 31, 1963

  1. To the Muse (2:22): MP3
  2. To the Moon (0:20) MP3
  3. Dream & Excursus, Arlington Massachusetts (2:34): MP3
  4. The Daydream (0:43): MP3
  5. One of My Favorite Songs is Stormy Weather (1:11): MP3
  6. What I Want (0:40): MP3
  7. Statement of Condition (0:58): MP3
  8. Early Autumn in Upper Noe Valley (1:20): MP3
  9. How Beautiful (0:44): MP3
  10. Daily Bread (0:48): MP3
  11. Life and Death and a Letter to My Mother Beyond Them Both (7:38): MP3
  12. Friday Already Half- (2:16): MP3
  13. Tennis Shoes (1:38): MP3
  14. Invocation and Theophany (2:50): MP3
  15. Letter to Michael McClure (4:17): MP3
  16. "A Wednesday Morning" (0:38): MP3
  17. Plums, Metaphysics, an Investigation, a Visit, and a Short Funeral Ode (5:07): MP3
  18. Saturday Morning (0:40): MP3
  19. The Treasures of Rage (0:50): MP3
  20. The Idol (0:49): MP3
  21. Warnings, Responses, Etc. (2:51): MP3
  22. An Irregular Ode (0:35): MP3
  23. Song for 2 Balalaikas on the Corner of 3rd & Market (0:35): MP3
  24. The Art of Literature (3:30) MP3
  25. "This Boy At Princeton Studied Russian" (4:51): MP3
  26. To a Poet (0:13): MP3
  27. A Vision of the Bodhisattvas (0:56): MP3
  28. To the Muse (1:08): MP3
  29. "Monday, In the Evening" (11:26): MP3

complete reading (1:12:45): MP3

This recording was originally made available to the Slought Foundation by Fred Wah. PennSound publication made with thanks to Slought and with the permission of Fred Wah and the Whalen Estate.


reading in San Francisco, August, 1971

  • Scenes of Life at the Capital (45:06): MP3 (note: the end of the recording is cut off)
  • excerpt from "Scenes" about Wallace Stevens (2:20): MP3

    (these recordings courtesy of the estate of Robert Creeley)




    March 11, 1984: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture, Buffalo, intro Robert Creeley
    (1:16:24): MP3

    reading "By and Large", Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1987

    part one

    1. Hymnus Ad Patrem Sinensis (0:43): MP3
    2. Literary Life in the Golden West (1:33): MP3
    3. The Winter (0:14): MP3
    4. Poem (0:14): MP3
    5. Self-Portrait Sad 22:IX:58 (6:02): MP3
    6. Fragment of Great Beauty and Stillness (0:33): MP3
    7. A Vision of the Bodhisattvas (1:01): MP3
    8. To The Moon (0:18): MP3
    9. Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park in Spring (0:45): MP3
    10. Mahayana (0:34): MP3
    11. Tara (0:49): MP3
    12. Love Love Love Again (0:56): MP3
    13. What Finally Happened to the King (1:16): MP3
    14. A Romantic and Beautiful Poem Inspired by the Recollection of William Butler Yeats, His Life and Work (0:37): MP3
    15. Synesthesia (0:09): MP3
    16. "Everywhere I Wander" (0:39): MP3
    17. Translation of a Lost Play by M.M (0:54): MP3
    18. "A Penny for the Old Guy" (0:40): MP3
    19. Card #21 Le Monde (0:24): MP3
    20. A Morning Walk (1:05): MP3
    21. Sourdough Mountain Lookout (8:53): MP3
    22. [Awake a moment] (0:11): MP3
    23. "Never Apologize; Never Explain" (0:31): MP3
    24. Life at Bolinas. The Last of California (2:49): MP3

    • part one, complete reading (31:48): MP3
    • part two, complete reading (30:14) 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 Philip Whalen © 2004-2007. Used with permission of the Literary Estate of Philip Whalen. Distributed by PennSound.