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William Carlos Williams

Reading at the 92nd Street Y, January 1954

  • complete recording (19:15): MP3
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  • (recording courtesy of the 92nd Street Y)

The recordings below were originally compiled and published from Keele University, England, by Dr. Richard Swigg in 1992 and 1993. PennSound gratefully acknowledges the scholarship and editing of Dr. Swigg in making this Williams sound archive available.

1. Reading for the National Council of Teachers of English and Columbia University Press Contemporary Poets series. January 9, 1942

  1. The Red Wheelbarrow (0:11): MP3
  2. Tract (2:34): MP3
  3. The Defective Record (0:28): MP3
  4. To a Poor Old Woman (0:27): MP3
  5. A Coronal (0:40): MP3
  6. To Elsie (1:45): MP3
  7. The Wind Increases (0:27): MP3
  8. Classic Scene (0:28): MP3

  9. Complete Recording (7:04): MP3

2. Reading for The Library of Congress Recording Laboratory. May 5, 1945

  1. Sonnet 1909 (Martin and Katherine) (0:54): MP3
  2. Paterson: The Falls (1:44): MP3
  3. Peace on Earth (0:46): MP3
  4. Postlude (1:01): MP3
  5. Pastoral (When I was younger) (0:41): MP3
  6. Pastoral (The little sparrows) (0:44): MP3
  7. Dawn (0:45): MP3
  8. Portrait of a Woman in Bed (1:12): MP3
  9. Sympathetic Portrait of a Child (0:48): MP3
  10. Spring Strains (1:09): MP3
  11. Dedication for a Plot of Ground (incomplete) (1:34): MP3
  12. Love Song (I lie here thinking of you) (0:35): MP3
  13. Overture to a Dance of Locomotives (1:53): MP3
  14. Complaint (0:42): MP3
  15. The Cold Night (0:42): MP3
  16. Primrose (1:04): MP3
  17. Queen-Anne's-Lace (0:55): MP3
  18. To a Friend Concerning Several Ladies (1:57): MP3
  19. Youth and Beauty (0:27): MP3
  20. The Thinker (0:34): MP3
  21. The Nightingales (0:21): MP3
  22. Widow's Lament in Springtime (0:55): MP3
  23. Light Hearted William (0:31): MP3
  24. Spring and All (1:04): MP3
  25. The Farmer (0:40): MP3
  26. The Eyeglasses (0:52): MP3
  27. Shoot it Jimmy! (0:26): MP3
  28. To Elsie (1:50): MP3
  29. The Red Wheelbarrow (0:15): MP3
  30. Rigamarole (0:57): MP3
  31. It is a Living Coral (1:33): MP3
  32. The Bull (0:51): MP3
  33. The Botticellian Trees (0:46): MP3
  34. Flowers by the Sea (0:32): MP3
  35. The Yachts (2:12): MP3
  36. The Term (0:25): MP3
  37. A Sort of a Song (0:34): MP3
  38. The Dance (In Brueghel's great picture) (0:38): MP3
  39. Burning the Christmas Greens (2:30): MP3
  40. In Sisterly Fashion (0:26): MP3
  41. The World Narrowed to a Point (0:24): MP3
  42. The Hounded Lovers (0:43): MP3
  43. The Cure (0:40): MP3
  44. The Rose (The stillness of the rose) (0:27): MP3
  45. Perfection (0:32): MP3
  46. The Last Turn (0:47): MP3
  47. The Aftermath (0:39): MP3
  48. The Yellow Chimney (0:52): MP3
  49. Raleigh Was Right (0:53): MP3
  50. A Night in June (12:55): MP3

  51. Complete Recording (57:37): MP3

3. Reading at NBC Studios, Washington DC, for the Library of Congress Recording Laboratory. October 18, 1947

  1. The Semblables (1:59): MP3
  2. The Catholic Bells (1:44): MP3
  3. Perpetuum Mobile: The City (3:21): MP3
  4. Paterson II iii: (excerpt) 'Look for the nul' to 'Alone, watching the May moon above the/trees' (2:45): MP3
  5. Paterson I i: (excerpt) 'Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic falls' to 'after a long flight to his cote' (7:42): MP3
  6. Paterson I iii: (excerpt) 'There is no direction' to 'it drives in among the rocks fitfully' (10:40): MP3

  7. Complete Recording (28:14): MP3

4. Reading for a Columbia Records 78 rpm disc in the Series "Pleasure Dome: an audible anthology of modern poetry read by its creators," ed. by Lloyd Frankenberg. May 20, 1949

  1. The Young Housewife (0:35): MP3
  2. The Bull (0:46): MP3
  3. Poem ('As the cat') (0:15): MP3
  4. Lear (1:18): MP3
  5. The Dance ('In Brueghel's great picture') (0:38): MP3
  6. El Hombre (0:10) : MP3

  7. Complete Recording (3:45): MP3

5. Reading recorded by Richard Wirtz Emerson, 9 Ridge Road, Rutherford, NJ. Probably broadcast in Voices, WOSU, Columbus. October 7, 1950

  1. Choral: The Pink Church (3:04): MP3
  2. Portrait of a Lady (0:45): MP3
  3. Tract (2:50): MP3
  4. Pastoral (0:40): MP3
  5. A Poem for Norman Macleod (0:39): MP3
  6. To Waken an Old Lady (0:32): MP3
  7. The Red Wheelbarrow (0:16): MP3
  8. This is Just to Say (0:20): MP3
  9. The Bull (0:56): MP3
  10. Perpetuum Mobile: The City (2:58): MP3
  11. Poem ('As the cat') (0:43): MP3
  12. Danse Russe (0:43): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  13. The Widow's Lament in Springtime (1:01): MP3
  14. The Dance ('In Brueghel's great picture') (0:40): MP3
  15. Lear (1:26): MP3
  16. Mama (0:27): MP3
  17. New Mexico (0:28): MP3
  18. The Lion (1:20): MP3
  19. St Francis Einstein of the Daffodils (1:41): MP3

  20. Complete Recording (21:27): MP3

6. Reading and Commentary at UCLA. November 15, 1950

  1. Introduction (1:47): MP3
  2. In Sisterly Fashion (0:34): MP3
  3. The Dance ('In Brueghel's great picture') (0:57): MP3
  4. Franklin Square (0:49): MP3
  5. Raleigh Was Right (1:01): MP3
  6. Commentary (1:15): MP3
  7. At the Faucet of June (1:18): MP3
  8. The Universality of Things (0:54): MP3
  9. Rigamarole (1:14): MP3
  10. To Elsie (2:14): MP3
  11. Spring and All (1:52): MP3
  12. The Pot of Flowers (0:49): MP3
  13. Commentary (3:14): MP3
  14. It is a Living Coral (2:45): MP3
  15. All the Fancy Things (0:37): MP3
  16. Commentary (6:06): MP3
  17. Paterson: The Falls (1:58): MP3
  18. Commentary (3:06): MP3
  19. Poem ('As the cat') (0:27): MP3
  20. Between Walls (0:17): MP3
  21. Conclusion (3:24): MP3

  22. Complete Recording (36:53): MP3

7. Reading and Commentary recorded by Eyvind Earle at his home in Hillview Park Avenue, Van Nuys, San Fernando Valley, California. November 16, 1950

  1. In Sisterly Fashion (0:30): MP3
  2. Tract (3:16): MP3
  3. Smell! (1:00): MP3
  4. Flowers by the Sea (0:40): MP3
  5. The Poor (0:53): MP3
  6. To Elsie (2:20): MP3
  7. This is Just to Say (0:39): MP3
  8. Impromptu: The Suckers (4:24): MP3
  9. All the Fancy Things (0:37): MP3
  10. It is a Living Coral (1:47): MP3
  11. Young Sycamore (0:44): MP3
  12. The Cod Head (0:57): MP3
  13. The Bull (1:19): MP3
  14. Poem ('As the cat') (0:17): MP3
  15. Perpetuum Mobile: The City (3:25): MP3
  16. The Widow's Lament in Springtime (1:10): MP3
  17. Arrival (0:20): MP3
  18. Great Mullen (1:17): MP3
  19. Queen-Anne's-Lace (0:54): MP3
  20. Overture to a Dance of Locomotives (incomplete) (0:41): MP3

  21. Complete Recording (27:51): MP3

8. Interview on The Mary Margaret McBride Show, WJZ Radio. December 4, 1950

  1. The Red Wheelbarrow (0:08): MP3
  2. A Black Black Cloud (0:07): MP3

  3. Complete Recording (25:03): MP3

9. Interview with John W. Gerber.
Recorded by John W. Gerber at 9 Ridge Road, Rutherford, New Jersey in June 1950. Broadcast January 13, 1951 by either WNBC or WNYC.

  1. A Black Black Cloud (0:05): MP3
  2. Danse Russe (0:41): MP3
  3. This is Just to Say (0:14): MP3
  4. Ol' Bunk's Band (0:46): MP3
  5. Portrait of a Lady (0:42): MP3
  6. El Hombre (0:13): MP3

  7. Complete Recording (48:10): MP3

10. Speech on presenting the Russell Loines Award for Poetry to John Crowe Ransom, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York. May 25, 1951

  • Complete Recording (3:21): MP3

11. Reading and Commentary recorded by Kenneth Burke at his home in Andover, NJ. June 21, 1951

  1. The Desert Music (13:09): MP3
  2. The Cod Head (incomplete) (0:55): MP3
  3. Burning the Christmas Greens (2:41): MP3
  4. A Sort of a Song (0:31): MP3
  5. Commentary on A Sort of a Song (): MP3
  6. Paterson I iii (excerpt): 'How Strange you are, you idiot!' to 'his mind drinks of desire' (1:53): MP3
  7. Tract (2:58): MP3
  8. Apres le Bain (0:20): MP3
  9. Spring is Here Again, Sir (1:13): MP3
  10. May 1st Tomorrow (1:15): MP3

  11. Complete Recording (27:18): MP3

12. Interview on The Mary Margaret McBride Show, WABC Radio. September 26, 1951

  • A Black Black Cloud (0:07): MP3
  • Complete Recording (26:59): MP3

13. Reading and Commentary at Harvard University. December 4, 1951

  1. Commentary (1:46): MP3
  2. A Marriage Ritual (1:39): MP3
  3. Burning the Christmas Greens (2:36): MP3
  4. The Visit (3:08): MP3
  5. The Lion (1:15): MP3
  6. Spring and All (2:01): MP3
  7. This is Just to Say (two readings) (1:46): MP3
  8. On Gay Wallpaper (0:45): MP3
  9. Flowers by the Sea (0:51): MP3
  10. To a Poor Old Woman (0:36): MP3
  11. The Yachts (3:02): MP3
  12. History (6:05): MP3
  13. Virtue (1:00): MP3
  14. Smell! (1:05): MP3
  15. Struggle of Wings (incomplete) (2:33): MP3
  16. To Greet a Letter-Carrier (0:20): MP3
  17. At the Bar (0:19): MP3
  18. These (1:37): MP3
  19. Perfection (0:49): MP3
  20. Fertile (0:21): MP3
  21. Chanson (1:30): MP3
  22. Design for November (0:52): MP3
  23. Commentary (2:05): MP3
  24. Picture of a Nude in a Machine Shop (0:52): MP3
  25. The Hurricane (0:26): MP3
  26. Venus Over the Desert (1:07): MP3
  27. The Birth of Venus (4:16): MP3

  28. Complete Recording (45:52): MP3

14. Paper read at the symposium "Will the Creative Arts Thrive or Degenerate during the Next Fifty Years?" Niagara Frontier Convocation, University at Buffalo.
December 7, 1951

15. Reading and Commentary at Princeton University. March 19, 1952

  1. Introduction (9:04): MP3
  2. Portrait of a Lady (0:56): MP3
  3. El Hombre (0:27): MP3
  4. Tract (3:19): MP3
  5. Pastoral ('The little sparrow') (1:07): MP3
  6. Smell! (1:05): MP3
  7. Queen-Anne's-Lace (1:27): MP3
  8. Great Mullen (1:40): MP3
  9. Waiting (1:26): MP3
  10. The Hunter (0:35): MP3
  11. Arrival (0:26): MP3
  12. The Widow's Lament in Springtime (1:07): MP3
  13. Commentary (1:40): MP3
  14. To Elsie (2:16): MP3
  15. The Red Wheelbarrow (1:42): MP3
  16. This is Just to Say (0:46): MP3
  17. Poem ('As the cat') (1:47): MP3
  18. Flowers by the Sea (0:53): MP3
  19. To a Poor Old Woman (0:30): MP3
  20. The Catholic Bells (1:46): MP3
  21. The Sea-Elephant (1:52): MP3
  22. Commentary (1:39): MP3
  23. A Unison (2:42): MP3
  24. Commentary (1:50): MP3
  25. The Desert Music (15:33): MP3

  26. Complete Recording (58:43): MP3

16. At the Conference of the Indiana College English Association, Hanover College, Indiana. May 16, 1952

Morning Address
  1. Smell! (1:18): MP3
  2. Paterson II iii (excerpt): "Look for the nul" to "endless and indestructible": (3:28): MP3

  3. Complete Morning Address - Lecture, Reading, Commentary (35:06): MP3
Evening Address
  1. Portent (0:55): MP3
  2. The Botticellian Trees (1:34): MP3
  3. Flowers by the Sea (1:00): MP3
  4. Commentary (1:45): MP3
  5. To a Mexican Pig- Bank (two readings) (1:37): MP3
  6. To a Poor Old Woman (1:18): MP3
  7. Pastoral ('When I was younger') (1:22): MP3
  8. To Elsie (2:56): MP3
  9. On Gay Wallpaper (1:39): MP3

  10. Complete Evening Address - Reading and Commentary (18:04): MP3

16.A [new] June 14, 1952 at Brandies, via Woodbery Poetry Room, Harvard.

17. Reading and Commentary at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA Poetry Center, New York. January 27, 1954

  1. A Sort of Song (0:50): MP3
  2. Burning the Christmas Greens (3:51): MP3
  3. A Vision of Labor: 1931 (3:54): MP3
  4. The Yellow Chimney (0:54): MP3
  5. Franklin Square (two readings) (1:46): MP3
  6. Labrador (1:11): MP3
  7. The Apparition (1:10): MP3
  8. The Maneuver (0:31): MP3
  9. The Horse (0:44): MP3
  10. The Act (1:10): MP3
  11. Seafarer (1:16): MP3
  12. The Three Graces (1:13): MP3
  13. Commentary (1:51): MP3
  14. Paterson: Episode 17 (6:18): MP3
  15. Commentary (1:44): MP3
  16. Ol' Bunk's Band (1:26): MP3
  17. A Unison (3:13): MP3
  18. The Descent (2:30): MP3
  19. The Yellow Flower (5:02): MP3
  20. The Host (5:06): MP3
  21. Spring and All (1:50): MP3
  22. The Orchestra (4:21): MP3
  23. Between Walls (0:38): MP3
  24. On Gay Wallpaper (1:45): MP3
  25. Fish (6:05): MP3

  26. Complete Reading (1:15:46): MP3

18. Interview on The Mary Margaret McBride Show, WABC Radio. March 25, 1954

  1. A Black Black Cloud (0:07): MP3
  2. The Host (3:34): MP3
  3. The Orchestra (3:36): MP3

  4. Complete Recording (10:24): MP3

19. Interview on the NBC radio series Anthology. March 26, 1954

  1. The Descent (1:46): MP3
  2. The Host (3:25): MP3
  3. The Orchestra (3:33): MP3

  4. Complete Recording (21:10): MP3

20. Talk on the NBC radio series Collector's Item. March 28, 1954

  • Complete Recording (5:03): MP3

21. Reading at his home in Rutherford, NJ. June 6, 1954

  1. The Descent (1:40): MP3
  2. To Daphne and Virginia (5:10): MP3
  3. The Orchestra (3:48): MP3
  4. For Eleanor and Bill Monahan (3:57): MP3
  5. The Yellow Flower (3:03): MP3
  6. The Host (3:30): MP3
  7. Of Asphodel, That Greeny Flower I (excerpt): 'Of Asphodel, that greeny flower' to 'to sing to you'; 'My heart rouses' to end of Book I (0:55): MP3
  8. The Botticellian Trees (0:57): MP3
  9. Flowers by the Sea (0:30): MP3
  10. The Yachts (3:06): MP3
  11. The Catholic Bells (2:11): MP3
  12. Smell! (1:10): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  13. Fish (5:06): MP3
  14. Primrose (1:28): MP3
  15. To Elsie (2:30): MP3
  16. Between Walls (0:15): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  17. On Gay Wallpaper (0:47): MP3
  18. The Red Lily (1:08): MP3
  19. Seafarer (1:03): MP3

  20. Complete Reading (43:12): MP3

22. Interview with Francis Mason on Voice of America, NBC Radio. June 18, 1954

  • Reads "The Descent" (7:20): MP3

Reading for the Voice of America, NBC Radio. 1954

  1. Poem ('As the cat') (0:16): MP3
  2. The Young Housewife (0:40): MP3
  3. Light Hearted William (0:37): MP3
  4. The Dance ('In Brueghel's great picture') (0:42): MP3
  5. The Bull (0:55): MP3
  6. The Yachts (2:45): MP3

  7. Complete Recording (5:59): Complete Reading

24. Lecture: "The Modern Poem," Oreon E. Scott symposium, "The Writer and His Public," Washington University in St. Louis. May 8, 1955

  • Complete Recording (57:02): MP3

25. Reading and Commentary at the University of California, Berkeley. May 19, 1955

  1. Spring and All (1:28): MP3
  2. Commentary (0:36): MP3
  3. The Pot of Flowers (0:41): MP3
  4. Commentary (1:08): MP3
  5. Rain (2:22): MP3
  6. The Botticellian Trees (1:19): MP3
  7. Commentary (0:57): MP3
  8. To a Mexican Pig-Bank (two readings) (0:58): MP3
  9. To a Poor Old Woman (0:46): MP3
  10. Commentary (0:36): MP3
  11. The Catholic Bells (2:05): MP3
  12. A Poem for Norman Macleod (1:33): MP3
  13. Danse Russe (1:34): MP3
  14. The Late Singer (0:40): MP3
  15. Commentary (1:04): MP3
  16. At the Faucet of June (1:14): MP3
  17. The Avenue of Poplar (1:09): MP3
  18. The Sun (1:26): MP3
  19. A Sort of a Song (0:34): MP3
  20. Commentary (0:38): MP3
  21. The Dance ('In Brueghel's great picture') (0:49): MP3
  22. Commentary (0:35): MP3
  23. The Gentle Rejoinder (0:51): MP3
  24. Seafarer (0:56): MP3
  25. Commentary (0:44): MP3
  26. May 1st Tomorrow (1:32): MP3
  27. A Unison (2:51): MP3
  28. Commentary (4:35): MP3
  29. The Descent (1:51): MP3
  30. To Daphne and Virginia (4:55): MP3
  31. The Orchestra (3:37): MP3
  32. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower I (excerpt): 'I speak in figures' to end of book I (3:22): MP3

  33. Complete Recording (50:59): MP3

26.Reading and Commentary at the University of California, Santa Barbara. June 1, 1955

  1. Seafarer (1:02): MP3
  2. A Unison (2:57): MP3
  3. Commentary (5:49): MP3
  4. The Descent (1:38): MP3
  5. To Daphne and Virginia (5:31): MP3
  6. The Orchestra (3:34): MP3
  7. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower I (excerpt): 'I speak in figures' to end of book I (3:16): MP3
  8. Commentary (3:32): MP3
  9. The Ivy Crown (3:42): MP3
  10. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower: Coda (5:09): MP3

  11. Complete Recording (38:14): MP3

27. Reading and Commentary at UCLA. May 1955

  1. Introduction (5:42): MP3
  2. The Botticellian Trees (0:59): MP3
  3. Commentary (1:01): MP3
  4. Flowers by the Sea (0:32): MP3
  5. Commentary (1:25): MP3
  6. Primrose (2:29): MP3
  7. Commentary (1:35): MP3
  8. Spring and All (1:31): MP3
  9. Commentary (1:22): MP3
  10. Commentary (0:56): MP3
  11. To Elsie (2:25): MP3
  12. Commentary (1:09): MP3
  13. On Gay Wallpaper (0:58): MP3
  14. Commentary (0:58): MP3
  15. The Red Lily (1:13): MP3
  16. Commentary (2:02): MP3
  17. The Sun (1:34): MP3
  18. Commentary (0:42): MP3
  19. A Sort of a Song (0:38): MP3
  20. Seafarer (1:31): MP3
  21. Commentary (2:40): MP3
  22. May 1st Tomorrow (2:06): MP3
  23. A Unison (2:56): MP3
  24. Commentary (2:03): MP3
  25. The Sea-Elephant (2:15): MP3
  26. Commentary (7:04): MP3
  27. The Descent (1:47): MP3
  28. Commentary (0:39): MP3
  29. To Daphne and Virginia (4:49): MP3
  30. Commentary (0:47): MP3
  31. The Orchestra (3:36): MP3
  32. Commentary (3:22): MP3
  33. Shadows (3:40): MP3
  34. Asphodel, that Greeny Flower: Coda (6:06): MP3

  35. Complete Recording (1:15:57): MP3

28.Reading and Commentary recorded by Eyvind Earle at his home in Hillview Park Ave., San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, California. May 1955.

  1. Peace on Earth (0:46): MP3
  2. The Botticellian Trees (1:01): MP3
  3. Commentary (0:28): MP3
  4. Flowers by the Sea (0:43): MP3
  5. Commentary (0:42): MP3
  6. Spring and All (1:27): MP3
  7. On Gay Wallpaper (0:49): MP3
  8. Commentary (0:50): MP3
  9. Primrose (1:24): MP3
  10. The Red Lily (1:14): MP3
  11. The Sun (1:34): MP3
  12. A Sort of a Song (0:43): MP3
  13. May 1st Tomorrow (1:27): MP3
  14. A Unison (2:41): MP3
  15. Commentary (1:54): MP3
  16. The Descent (2:33): MP3
  17. To Daphne and Virginia (5:25): MP3
  18. The Orchestra (3:39): MP3
  19. The Yellow Flower (2:51): MP3
  20. The Host (3:34): MP3
  21. The Mental Hospital Garden (4:50): MP3
  22. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower I (excerpt): 'I speak in figures' to end of book I (3:56): MP3
  23. The Ivy Crown (3:16): MP3
  24. Shadows (3:06): MP3
  25. Asphodel, That Greeny Flower: Coda (excerpt): 'Inseparable from the fire' to 'which John Donne',"where the recording breaks off (4:23): MP3

  26. Complete Recording (59:03): MP3

29. Interview on "A Tribute to Ezra Pound," broadcast by WYBC, Yale University Radio. December 5, 1955

  • Complete Recording (1:04:24): MP3

30. Reading and Commentary at the University of Puerto Rico. April 1956

  • Reads "Asphodel I", Complete Recording (14:07): MP3

31. Interview with John Wingate on Nightbeat, WABD television. September 4, 1957

  1. introduction (0:44): MP3
  2. on practicing medicine and writing poetry (1:59): MP3
  3. on the Greenwich Village poets and separating from the crowd (4:15): MP3
  4. on Ezra Pound (5:26): MP3
  5. on Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost (3:43): MP3
  6. on his links to alleged communist causes and letting people speak (2:51): MP3
  7. on television (0:33): MP3
  8. on Madison Avenue (0:37): MP3
  9. on Adlai Stevenson, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy (1:23): MP3
  10. on the place of religion in his life (1:15): MP3
  11. on what he would like to be remembered for (0:33): MP3
  12. closing remarks from John Wingate (0:36): MP3
Complete Recording (24:03): MP3

32. Interviews with Walter Sutton. Recorded October 11 & 20, November 3 & 15, 1960

  • Complete Recording (1:59:38): MP3

33. Interviews with Stanley Koehler. March 29 & 30, 1962

  1. The Descent (excerpt) (0:22): MP3
  2. The Orchestra (excerpt) (0:06): MP3

  3. Complete Recording (31:52): MP3

34. Robert Creeley reading a selection of poems by William Carlos Williams, Walking the Dog Lecture Series at SUNY-Buffalo, October 15, 1990

  1. reads William Carlos Williams's "The Dance" (1:07): MP3
  2. reads WCW's "Burning the Christmas Greens" (5:38): MP3
  3. reads WCW's "History of Love" (0:30): MP3
  4. reads WCW's "When Structure Fails Rhyme Attempts to Come to the Rescue" (2:05): MP3
  5. reads WCW's "The Birth of Venus" (3:04): MP3
  6. reads WCW's "The Seafarer" (1:32): MP3
  7. reads WCW's "The Dish of Fruit" (0:19): MP3
  8. reads WCW's "The Act" (1:26): MP3
  9. reads WCW's "Lear" (1:33): MP3

Singles

"This Is Just to Say"
  1. Read in Rutherford, NJ, June 1950 MP3 (1:18)
  2. Read in Rutherford, NJ, August 1950 MP3 (0:17)
  3. Read in Van Nuys, Calif., November 16, 1950 MP3 (0:23)
  4. Read at Harvard University, December 4, 1951 MP3 (1:14)
  5. Read at Princeton University, March 19, 1952 MP3 (0:41), text  (via poets.org)

[see text-audio alignments of all five singles]

"Between Walls"

  1. Read at UCLA, November 15, 1950 MP3 (0:12)
  2. Read at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA Poetry Center, New York MP3 (0:22)
  3. Read at Williams' home in Rutherford, NJ MP3 (0:18) text

"To Elsie"

  1. Read January 9, 1942 (1:45): MP3
  2. Read at the Library of Congress, May 5, 1945 (1:50): MP3
  3. Read at UCLA, November 15, 1950 (2:14): MP3
  4. Read at Van Nuys, Calif. November 16, 1950 (2:20): MP3
  5. Read at Princeton University, March 19, 1952 (2:16): MP3
  6. Read at Hanover College, Indiana, May 16, 1952 (2:56): MP3
  7. Read in Rutherford, NJ, June 6, 1954 (2:30): MP3
  8. Read at UCLA, May 1955 (2:25): MP3
"The Red Wheelbarrow"
  1. Read January 9, 1942 (0:11): MP3
  2. Read for the Library of Congress, May 5, 1945 (0:15): MP3
  3. Read on an interview for the Mary Margaret McBride Show, December 4, 1950 (0:08): MP3
  4. Read at Princeton University, March 19, 1952 (1:42): MP3

[see text-audio alignments of all four singles]

"Flowers By the Sea"

  1. Read for the Library of Congress, May 5, 1945 (0:32): MP3
  2. Read in Van Nuys, San Fernando Valley, California, November 16, 1950 MP3
  3. Read at Harvard University, December 4, 1951 (0:51): MP3
  4. Read at Princeton University, March 18, 1952 (0:53): MP3
  5. Read at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, May 16, 1952 (1:00): MP3
  6. Read at his home in Rutherford, New Jersey, June 6, 1954 (0:30): MP3
  7. Read at UCLA, May, 1955 (0:32): MP3
  8. Read in Van Nuys, San Fernando Valley, California, May, 1955 (0:43): MP3

Oral History

David Ignatow interviews Flossie Williams, Rutherford, NJ, 1974
(30:26):
MP3


PoemTalk Podcast #1, discussing Williams' poem "Between Walls," December 2, 2007

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2. See this [text-audio alignment]

PoemTalk Podcast #30, discussing Williams' "Flowers by the Sea" and "The Red Wheelbarrow," March 28, 2010

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


Also of Interest:

  1. Symposium on Williams' "To Elsie" conducted by Al Filreis, Bob Perelman, Kristen Gallagher, and Shawn Walker (1:33:41): MP3



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Special thanks to Jonathan Gorman and Danny Snelson for their assistance in segmenting these recordings,
as well as Mollie Braverman and Chris Yeager, who re-coded the Williams page.

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