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Philip Whalen

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


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)


    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.


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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.