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Louis Zukofsky


At Johns Hopkins University, December 13, 1975

A recorded private reading and discussion with Hugh Kenner
  1. "A"-11(4:35): MP3
  2. from "A"-15 (opening through Book of Job passage) (3:11): MP3
  3. "A"-20 (3:16): MP3
  4. "A"-21, Rudens (Act IV.7, Voice off) (4:30): MP3
  5. Song 5 (It's a gay li-ife) (0:32): MP3
  6. A Foin Lass Bodders (6:20): MP3
  7. 80 Flowers (Epigraph through #22 Bayberry) (36:20): MP3
Complete Reading (58:45): MP3

Reading at Franconia College May 9, 1974

  • Introduction (00:30): MP3
  • Song 22 (06:33): MP3
  • Song 21 (03:33): MP3
  • Song 13 (02:17): MP3
  • A Song For The Year's End (01:78): MP3
  • Old From Little, Chapter 11 (04:29): MP3

Complete Reading (18:51): MP3

Reading includes: Song 22 ("To my wash-stand"); Song 21 ("Snows' night's winds on the window rattling"); Song 13 ("in that this happening"); A Song for the Year's End; Anew 29 ("Glad they were there"); Old; from Little, Chapter 11; from "A"-24 (Explanatory commentary-tape breaks off).


Reading at the Poetry Center YM-YWHA, NYC, October 15, 1973

  1. from "A"-22 (32:12): MP3
  2. Catullus 8 (2:20): MP3
  3. Catullus 70 (0:33): MP3
  4. Catullus 73 (0:55): MP3
  5. Catullus 11 (1:39): MP3
  6. Catullus 45 (2:06): MP3
  7. Catullus 51 (1:04): MP3
  8. Song 13 ("in that this happening") (1:12): MP3
  9. A Song for the Year's End 1 (0:27): MP3
  10. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:30): MP3
  11. So that Even a Lover 1 ("Little Wrists") (0:36): MP3
  12. "As to How Much" (0:44): MP3
  13. Old (0:35): MP3
  14. Anew 22 (Catullus viii) (2:12): MP3

Reading at National Poetry Festival, June 14-24, 1973

  • Poetry Workshop: Various Poets; "Translation Workshop"
    • Complete Reading (51:29): MP3

      Reading at Bard College, November 2, 1972

      1. Introduction (1:02): MP3
      2. Opening Remarks (4:12): MP3
      3. from Autobiography

      4. Song 22 ("To my wash-stand") (2:44): MP3
      5. Song 21 ("Snows' Fight's winds on the window rattling") (0:52): MP3
      6. Song 13 ("in that this happening") (0:56): MP3
      7. A Song for the Year's End 1 (1:10): MP3
      8. Old (0:55): MP3
      9. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:45): MP3
      10. from Little, Chapter 11 (8:17): MP3
      11. from "A"-24 (Explanatory commentary, Dedication, CZ's Preface, from Act I scene 1 (Thought and Drama voices) and from Act II scene 4 (from Thought and Poetry voices)) (32:48): MP3
      12. Catullus 8 (2 versions) and 70 (6:35): MP3
      Complete Reading (1:00:16): MP3

      Reading at Glassboro State College, October 17, 1972

      Complete Reading (from "A"-22 and 23) (21:29): MP3

      Reading at Temple University, October 16, 1972

      1. Introduction (1:51): MP3
      2. Reading from Autobiography

      3. Song 22 ("To my wash-stand") (3:36): MP3
      4. Song 21 ("Snows' night's winds on the window rattling") (0:56): MP3
      5. Song 13 ("in that this happening") (0:41): MP3
      6. A Song for the Year's End 1 (0:33): MP3
      7. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:43): MP3
      8. Old (0:47): MP3
      9. Chapter 4 from Little: for Careenagers (6:51): MP3
      10. "A"-24 (Explanatory commentary, Dedication, CZ�s Preface and Act I, scene 1, Cousin, Lesson) (21:00): MP3
      11. "A"-24 (Act II, scene 4 (from Thought voice)) (6:09): MP3
      12. "A"-7 (10:10): MP3
      13. "A"-20 (3:17): MP3
      14. Catullus 72 (0:46): MP3
      15. Catullus 87 (0:47): MP3
      16. Catullus 11 and 45 (4:21): MP3
      17. 1944-6 (2:56): MP3
      Complete Reading (1:10:00): MP3

      Lecture on Wallace Stevens at the University of Connecticut April 29, 1971

      1. introduction (10:04): MP3
      2. on his experience reading Stevens and the feelings of friendship and duration that emerge when one poet reads another (48:26): MP3
      3. giving out prizes (1:59): MP3
      4. reading Wallace Stevens' "From the Misery of Don Joost" (1:42): MP3
      5. reading Wallace Stevens' "Extraordinary References" (1:22): MP3
      6. reading Wallace Stevens' "The Planet on the Table" (1:11): MP3
      7. reading Wallace Stevens' "Puella Parvula" (1:40): MP3
      8. reading Wallace Stevens' "Song of Fixed Accord" (1:03): MP3
      9. reading from "A"-15 (through Book of Job passage) (3:22): MP3
      10. reading Catullus 31 (1:19): MP3
      11. reading from "A"-21, Rudens (Act III.6, Voice off) (2:53): MP3
      12. reading from "Bottom: on Shakespeare" (from "Continents") (2:54): MP3
      13. reading from "A"-22 (4:40): MP3
      14. reading from "Little," from Chapter 22 (1:20): MP3
      15. reading from Wallace Stevens' speech "On Receiving the Gold Medal from the Poetry Society of America" (3:59): MP3
      Complete Lecture (1:29:36): MP3

      Reading at Lincoln Center in New York March 31, 1971

      Autobiography (46:30): MP3 Zukofsky reads all the poems included in Autobiography followed by a performance of the poems with Celia Zukofsky's musical scores sung by professional singers and Zukofsky reading the autobiographical prose interludes.

      Spoken Words, WNYC New York, September 15, 1970 (Broadcast November 9, 1970 and rebroadcast March 3, 1971; also broadcast by Pacifica Radio Network, Los Angeles and San Francisco)

      1. Spoken Words Radio Program Introduction (Felix Leon) (1:02): MP3
      2. Little: for Careenagers (Zukofsky's Introduction) (0:39): MP3
      3. Chapter 4 (3:53): MP3
      4. Chapter 8 (11:39): MP3
      5. Chapter 13 (11:12): MP3
      6. Chapter 18 (16:56): MP3
      7. Spoken Words Outro (0:24): MP3

      Complete Reading (45:47): MP3


      Reading at the Albright-Knox Gallery at the Buffalo Festival of the Arts March 4, 1968

      1. Introduction from Robert Creeley (2:04): MP3
      2. From "A" -12 (from "To begin a song...) (5:28): MP3
      3. Catallus 63 (10:05): MP3
      4. Song 5 (It's a gay li-ife) (0:54): MP3
      5. Song 24 (This Fall, 1933) (0:58): MP3
      6. Song 15 (No One Inn) (1:42): MP3
      7. Song 27 (3/4 Time) (1:54): MP3
      8. "A"-11 (3:05): MP3
      9. "A"-19 (19:34): MP3
      10. "A"-9 (second half) (5:02): MP3
      Complete Reading (50:51): MP3

      Zukofsky on the Soundtrack for NETV Film in the USA Poetry Series March 16, 1966

      1. Poem beginning "The", 1st Movement (2:50): MP3
      2. Divination by a Daffodil by Robert Herrick (included in A Test of Poetry) and So that Even a Lover 1 ("Little Wrists") (0:52): MP3
      3. "A"-9, (the first strophe of both halves) (1:48): MP3
      4. Catullus 70 (1:43): MP3
      5. Anew 30 and 31 (0:53): MP3
      6. "Bottom: A Weaver" and from Bottom: on Shakespeare (Come Shadow, Come from "Julia's Wild") (7:34): MP3
      7. Songs of Degrees 1 & 2 and Barely and widely (2:13): MP3
      Featured excerpt (from the complete recording below):
      • Come, Shadow Come ("Julia's Wild" from Bottom: on Shakespeare) (1:07): MP3
      Complete Reading (the full recording, but with irreparable reverb) (28:34): MP3

      A & R Recording Co., NYC August 28, 1962 (taped for Stan Phillips)

      1. "A"-13, partita i (12:24): MP3
      2. "A"-13, partita ii (30:56): MP3
      3. "A"-13, partita iv (3:10): MP3
      4. "A"-13, partita v (3:13): MP3
      5. "A"-11 (3:38): MP3
      6. from After I's

      7. Atque in Perpetuum A. W. (1:47): MP3
      8. Pretty (0:41): MP3
      9. The Ways (0:47): MP3
      10. The (0:26): MP3
      11. from Catullus

      12. Catullus 7 (1:30): MP3
      13. Catullus 8 (1:47): MP3
      14. Catullus 14 (1:59): MP3
      15. Catullus 31 (1:28): MP3
      16. Catullus 32 (0:54): MP3
      17. Catullus 37 (1:47): MP3
      18. Catullus 46 (1:34): MP3
      19. Catullus 51 (1:00): MP3
      20. Catullus 51a (0:44): MP3
      21. from Some Time

      22. "Some time has gone" (0:29): MP3
      23. 1944-6 (2:18): MP3
      24. So That Even a Lover (0:44): MP3
      25. Non Ti Fidar (1:02): MP3
      26. Reading and Talking (2:16): MP3
      27. "As to How Much" (0:53): MP3
      28. Claims (1:39): MP3
      29. from Barely and widely

      30. Poem 2 ("You who were made for this music") (1:20): MP3
      31. Poem 4 (A Valentine) (1:01): MP3
      32. Poem 5 (The Heights) (1:12): MP3
      33. Poem 8 ("This year") (1:05): MP3
      34. from Anew

      35. Anew 2 ("One lutenist played look; your thought was drink") (0:44): MP3
      36. Anew 4 ("So sounds grass, and if it is sun or no sun" (1:05): MP3
      37. Anew 7 ("When the crickets") (0:30): MP3
      38. Anew 13 ("A last cigarette') (0:48): MP3
      39. Anew 16 ("I walk in the old street") (0:29): MP3
      40. Anew 25 (for Zadkine) (1:44): MP3
      41. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:28): MP3
      42. Anew 33 ("Drive, fast kisses") (0:33): MP3
      43. Anew 35 (Or a valentine) (0:23): MP3
      44. Anew 41 (After Charles Sedley) (1:14): MP3
      45. (Tape breaks: missing poems 13 and 25 from 55 Poems)

        from 55 Poems

      46. Poem 26 ("Ask of the sun") (0:40): MP3
      47. Poem 27 ("Blue light is the night harbor-slip" - The second half) (1:17): MP3
      48. Song 18 ("The mirror oval sabers playing") (0:44): MP3
      49. "Further than --" (1:28): MP3
      50. Poem 13 ("We are crossing the bridge now") (0:27): MP3

      Complete Reading (1:52:19): MP3


      Zukofsky's Homemade Tape Reading Catullus 1-46, November 11, 1961

      1. Catullus 1 (0:58): MP3
      2. Catullus 2 (0:54): MP3
      3. Catullus 3 (1:14): MP3
      4. Catullus 4 (1:49): MP3
      5. Catullus 5 (1:00): MP3
      6. Catullus 6 (1:05): MP3
      7. Catullus 7 (0:51): MP3
      8. Catullus 8 (1:20): MP3
      9. Catullus 9 (0:44): MP3
      10. Catullus 10 (1:54): MP3
      11. Catullus 11 (1:24): MP3
      12. Catullus 12 (1:01): MP3
      13. Catullus 13 (0:57): MP3
      14. Catullus 14 (1:30): MP3
      15. Catullus 14a (0:19): MP3
      16. Catullus 15 (1:19): MP3
      17. Catullus 16 (0:57): MP3
      18. Catullus 17 (Tape break at end) (1:15): MP3

      19. (Catullus 18 and 19 absent from tape)

      20. Catullus 20 (Tape break at opening) (1:07): MP3
      21. Catullus 21 (0:57): MP3
      22. Catullus 22 (1:42): MP3
      23. Catullus 23 (1:46): MP3
      24. Catullus 24 (0:53): MP3
      25. Catullus 25 (1:08): MP3
      26. Catullus 26 (0:32): MP3
      27. Catullus 27 (0:33): MP3
      28. Catullus 28 (1:14): MP3
      29. Catullus 29 (Short tape break at opening) (1:54): MP3
      30. Catullus 30 (1:16): MP3
      31. Catullus 31 (1:19): MP3
      32. Catullus 32 (0:52): MP3
      33. Catullus 33 (0:33): MP3
      34. Catullus 34 (1:11): MP3
      35. Catullus 35 (1:14): MP3
      36. Catullus 36 (1:16): MP3
      37. Catullus 37 (Short tape break) (1:30): MP3
      38. Catullus 38 (0:40): MP3
      39. Catullus 39 (1:38): MP3
      40. Catullus 40 (0:36): MP3
      41. Catullus 41 (0:42): MP3
      42. Catullus 42 (1:32): MP3
      43. Catullus 43 (0:39): MP3
      44. Catullus 44 (1:39): MP3
      45. Catullus 45 (2:02): MP3
      46. Catullus 46 (0:58): MP3

      Complete Reading (51:49): MP3


      WBAI FM Recording of Zukofsky Reading at Les Deux Megots, NYC, August 6, 1961 (tape breaks between tracks)

      1. "A"-6 (from "a miniature, steeples not steeples" to end) (2:33): MP3
      2. "A"-7 (5:59): MP3
      3. The second half of "A"-9 (5:21): MP3
      4. "A"-11(begins 1:28 in) (4:15): MP3
      5. from Barely and widely
      6. Poem 12 (4 Other Countries) (16:19): MP3
      7. from Catullus 22 (2:08): MP3
      8. from Catullus 29 (2:23): MP3
      Complete Reading (38:57): MP3

      An Interview for The Single Voice, with Robert Creeley, 1961

      • Complete Recording (29:45): MP3

      Zukofsky's Homemade Tape for the Library of Congress, November 3, 1960

        from 55 Poems

      1. Poem 13 ("We are crossing the bridge now") (0:29): MP3
      2. Poem 22 ("Cactus rose-mauve and gray, twin overturned") (1:02): MP3
      3. Poem 27 ("Blue light is the night harbor-slip") (1:26): MP3
      4. Poem beginning "The" (16:25): MP3
      5. Song 3 (Prop. LXI (The Strength of The Emotions-Ethica ordine geometrico demonstrata: IV)) (1:02): MP3
      6. Song 8 ("Happier, happier, now") (1:00): MP3
      7. Song 13 ("in that this happening") (0:27): MP3
      8. Song 18 ("The mirror oval sabers playing") (0:35): MP3
      9. Song 22 ("To my wash-stand") (2:04): MP3
      10. from Anew

      11. Anew 12 ("It's hard to see but think of a sea") (2:12): MP3
      12. Anew 26 (1892-1941) (2:08): MP3
      13. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:24): MP3
      14. Anew 37 ("The world autumn") (0:30): MP3
      15. Anew 41 (After Charles Sedley) (0:55): MP3
      16. from Some Time

      17. 1944-6 (2:09): MP3
      18. So That Even a Lover (0:44): MP3
      19. Xenophanes (0:57): MP3
      20. "As to How Much" (0:41): MP3
      21. Air (1:10): MP3
      22. The Judge and the Bird (1:31): MP3
      23. With a Valentine, the 12th of February (from "Songs of Degrees") (0:15): MP3
      24. With a Valentine, the 14th of February (from "Songs of Degrees") (0:37): MP3
      25. The Guest (1:00): MP3
      26. Shang Cup (0:40): MP3
      27. The Record (0:55): MP3
      28. from Catullus

      29. Introductory remarks followed by Catullus 1-3 (3:26): MP3
      30. Catullus 4-7, plus the 1939 () version of 8 (5:30): MP3
      31. 1960 version of Catullus 8 (1:25): MP3
      32. from Barely and widely

      33. Poem 7 Stratford-on-Avon (1957) (3:07): MP3
      34. Poem 1 ("This is after all vacation. All that") (1:45): MP3
      35. Dedication from Barely and widely (0:37): MP3
      36. Poem 2 ("You who were made for this music") (0:47): MP3
      37. Poem 3 ("The green leaf that will outlast the winter") (0:27): MP3
      38. Poem 4 (A Valentine) (0:25): MP3
      39. Poem 5 (The Heights) (0:46): MP3
      40. Poem 8 ("This year") (0:47): MP3
      41. Poem 9 (Ashtray) (0:16): MP3
      42. Poem 10 (Another Ashtray) (0:14): MP3
      43. Poem 12 (4 Other Countries ) (17:55): MP3
      Complete Reading (1:19:53): MP3

      Reading at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, July 2, 1958

      1. Introduction (4:19): MP3
      2. The Guest (1:19): MP3
      3. 1944-6 (2:39): MP3
      4. "As to how much" (0:48): MP3
      5. Non Ti Fidar (1:09): MP3
      6. Spooks' Sabbath, Five Bowings (3:22): MP3
      7. Songs of Degrees: 2 and 3 (2:36): MP3
      8. An Incident (0:22): MP3
      9. The Record (0:33): MP3
      10. 55 Poems: Poem 27 ("Blue light is the night harbor-slip") (2:25): MP3
      11. 55 Poems: Song 22 ("To my wash-stand") (2:02): MP3
      12. 55 Poems: Song 28 ("'Specifically, a writer of music'") (8:21): MP3
      13. 55 Poems: "Further than --" (1:29): MP3
      14. "Mantis" (3:04): MP3
      15. Anew 6 ("Anew, sun, to fire summer") (1:02): MP3
      16. Anew 16 ("I walk in the old street") (0:26): MP3
      17. Anew 19 ("And so till we have died") (0:25): MP3
      18. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:28): MP3
      19. Anew 37 ("The world's autumn") (0:38): MP3
      20. Anew 41 (After Charles Sedley) (0:50): MP3
      21. "A"-4 (1:31): MP3
      22. from "A"-12 (beginning "The best man learns of himself...") (3:56): MP3
      • complete reading (45:20): MP3

      Reading on KPFA Radio, Berkeley, August 6, 1954

      1. The Judge and the Bird (1:32): MP3
      2. Spooks' Sabbath, Five Bowings (3:11): MP3
      3. So That Even a Lover 1 ("Little wrists") (0:24): MP3
      4. Reading and Talking (2:09): MP3
      5. George Washington (0:49): MP3
      6. Anew 37 ("The world autumn" -- short tape break) (0:39): MP3
      7. Anew 16 ("I walk in the old street") (0:50): MP3
      8. Anew 22 (Catullus viii) (1:11): MP3
      9. Anew 25 (for Zadkine) (1:36): MP3
      10. Anew 29 ("Glad they were there") (0:32): MP3
      11. Anew 17 (Guillaume de Machault (1300-1377) Ballade: Plourès, dames) (0:46): MP3
      12. "A"-11 (3:01): MP3
      13. The second half of "A"-9 (4:38): MP3
      14. On Valentine's Day to Friends (0:42): MP3

      Complete Recording (22:27): MP3


      PoemTalk Podcast #22, discussing Zukofsky's "It's hard to see but think of a sea," from Anew, September 14, 2009

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


      Readings & Performances of Zukofsky's Work by Other Poets

      1. Charles Bernstein reads "A Foin Lass" (6:04): MP3
      2. Guy Davenport reads "Catullus" (in the original Latin, plus LZ's versions, as well as one of Shakespeare's sonnets in Elizabethan pronunciation) (21:26): MP3
      3. Two Performances of "A"-24 by an ensemble of Bay Area poets including: Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Heijinian, Kit Robinson and Barret Watten with Bob Perelman on piano.
        (a) at the University of California Davis November 16, 1978 (1:13:43): MP3
        (b) at the Grand Piano in San Francisco June 30, 1978 (1:17:07): MP3
      4. "Poem 7 (During the Passaic Strike of 1926)" read in Mandarin translation by Liu Pu Shan, Date and Location Unknown (4:19): MP3

      Buffalo NET Reading, Section 9 "A" in part


      Louis Zukofsky reading various poems, date and location unknown

      Louis Zukofsky reading various poems, including excerpts from A, date and location unknown


      Also on PennSound:

      1. The Louis Zukofsky Centennial Conference (2004), with Robert Creeley, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Bob Perelman, Mark Scroggins, et al.
      2. Harvey Shapiro & Norman Finkelstein discuss the objectivists, including Zukofsky (here's a segment on reading Zukofsky)
      3. Charles Bernstein reading Zukofsky's "A Foin Lass Bodders Me" during the McGann Session (6:04): MP3
      4. Basil Bunting reading Louis Zukofsky

      Louis Zukofsky on PennSound Daily



      This PennSound resource edited by Danny Snelson. Special thanks to Jeff Twitchell-Waas, whose grand and comprehensive Zukofsky site has proved indispensible in annotating this material. Thanks also to Mollie Braverman, Kareem Estefan, Jenny Lesser, and Richard Sieburth for their assistance on this page.

      © 2008 Paul Zukofsky. These recordings are made available strictly for noncommercial and educational use through PennSound. No other use of these recordings, including short excerpts of any kind, are allowed without the written permission of, and payment of a fee to, Paul Zukofsky. Distributed by PennSound.