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Ted Berrigan

PoemTalk Podcast #5, discussing Berrigan's "3 Pages," April 3, 2008

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From Anne Waldman's 2001 album, Alchemical Elegy - Selected Songs and Writings

Excerpt of Memorial Day (with Anne Waldman) (5:00): MP3

Ted Berrigan reading at St. Mark’s, 1989 and Philip Whalen lecturing, from the Ben Tripp Tapes

  • Side A: Ted Berrigan (47:55): MP3
  • Side B: Philip Whalen (47:34): MP3

Ted Berrigan’s last reading, from the Ben Tripp Tapes, St. Clemens, NYC, 1982

  • Side A (32:02): MP3
  • Includes comments on "So Going around Cities", etc. reading "Whitman in Black", commenting "I like to think of myself as a formalist", reading "Last Poem", "With Daring and Strength", "A Certain Slant of Sunlight", "Give Them Back Who Never Were", then reading from "Postcard Poems", "Providence", "Let No Willful Fate…", "Down on Mission", "Natchez", "Space", "A City Winter", "To Sing the Song Fantastic", "Tough Cookies", and "For Jacques Roubaud",

  • Side B (19:09): MP3
  • Includes "Dice Riders", "Windshield", "Warrior", "My Autobiography", "Blue Galahad", "In Your Fuckin’ Utopia", "The School Windows Song" (after Vachel Lindsay), "Ass-face", "Turk", "Creature", "Tompkins Square Park", and "Frances", before the recording cuts off, as well as "Heroin", "Buddha-ho" (word cut off midway), "Song, Prose, & Poetry", and "Hall of Mirrors"

Ted Berrigan comments extensively both before and after reading.

Reading at Bard College, December 15, 1982

  1. Introduction (0:52): MP3
  2. discussing his writing (15:09): MP3
  3. A City Winter (0:13): MP3
  4. A Certain Slant of Sunlight (1:29): MP3
  5. Give Them Back, Who Never Were (4:02): MP3
  6. Now that I (0:34): MP3
  7. Okay. First. ... (1:38): MP3
  8. Every day back & forth (1:07): MP3
  9. Turk (0:56): MP3
  10. Let No Willful Fate Misunderstand (2:01): MP3
  11. Warrior, Warrior (1:22): MP3
  12. To Sing the Song, That Is Fantastic (1:39): MP3
  13. In Your Fucking Utopias (4:26): MP3
  14. XIII (2:08): MP3
  15. The School Windows Song (3:22): MP3
  16. Without Scruple (2:07): MP3
  17. Ass-face (0:29): MP3
  18. Natchez (2:01): MP3
  19. Space (3:31): MP3
  20. To Book-Keepers (3:58): MP3
  21. Stars & Stripes Forever (0:38): MP3
  22. Down on Mission (0:44): MP3
  23. Dice Riders (0:39): MP3
  24. The Way It Was in Wheeling (0:58): MP3
  25. Sleeping Alone (2:54): MP3
  26. Blue Galahad (0:52): MP3
  27. Sweet Iris (3:54): MP3
  28. Creature (1:43): MP3
  29. Providence (3:29): MP3
  30. Wantonness (1:53): MP3
  31. You'll do good if you play it like you're (1:30): MP3
  32. Pillow Talk (1:35): MP3
  33. Interstices (1:27): MP3
  34. To Be Serious (2:07): MP3
  35. Mutiny (1:49): MP3
  36. Ode (0:48): MP3
  37. Poets Tribute to Philip Guston (0:44): MP3
  38. The Who's Last Tour (1:17): MP3
  39. Red Shift (2:11): MP3
Complete reading (1:25:37): MP3

From Exact Change Yearbook, no. 1 (ed. Peter Gizzi)

  • Red Shift (3:01): MP3
  • Recorded July 25, 1982, at the Naropa Institute

Ted Berrigan reading, from the Ben Tripp Tapes, February 1980 and c. 1982

  • Side A, February 1980 (46:13): MP3
  • Includes Ted Berrigan’s introduction and comments, "Cranston Near the City Line", "Wind", then three from "Easter Monday", "Chicago Morning", "Newtown" and "The End", then "From a List of the Delusions of the Insane", commenting "I just do what it is I do", remarks on Cubist painting and technique, commenting "I have great theories. I can’t entirely remember what they are. I like rhyme a lot. I love the old-fashioned music. I’m strictly a formalist", reading "Personal Poem #9", "Crystal", commenting "The summation of my entire life and career!", reading "Ten Things I Do Every Day" (for Jack Collom), "Remembered Poem", discussion on Ron Padgett’s Anthology of New York Poets (ordered by weight!), "Conversations (Wesley Jackson)", "She", "I Used to Be but Now I Am", "In the Wheel", "So Long Jimi, Janis", introductory comments on "Biographica Literaria", "Tom Clark" (after John Clare!), "Frank O’Hara", "Scorpio", and from elsewhere, "Words for Love", "Personal Poem #7", "Personal Poem #9", and "Ten Things I Do Every Day"

  • Side B, c. 1982 (46:13): MP3
  • Includes Berrigan commenting "I’m going to read you 500 poems but they’re all very recent just to show you what you can do", reading "Yeah tho’ I walk...", "Caesar" (after Catullus), "With Daring and Strength", "Coffee And", "Salutation", "Winged Pessary", "Do You Know Rene", "Paris Frances", "The By-Laws", collaborations with lines from Alice Notley and others, "When I was Alive", "Beautifulness", "Eye of the Beholder", "Bardolino", "The Sentiment", "The Sailor & the Samaon Schoolgirl", "Motto of the Whores and Poets Guild", "The Way It Was", "Delusions of the Insane" (alt. version), "A Mind…The Highest Question", "Homage to Keith G", "WCW Poem", "Clear by Grandma", "Little Travelog", "Dinner at George & Schneeman’s" with Steve Carey, "Four Metaphysical Poems", "Who Was Sylvia?", "War and Peace", "In the Land of pygmies and Giants", with Greg Masters, "Edtude for Ten Thumbs", "Poets Tribute to Philip Guston", "Christmas Card", "Via Air", "People Who Changed Their Names", commenting "All us poets are interested in is craft", reading "Whoa Back Buck and Gee by Land", "That Poem George Found", "A Certain Slant of Sunlight", "Another New Old Song", and last poem

The Sonnets, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, June 24, 1981

Introduction (9:28): MP3
  1. Sonnet 1 (0:39): MP3
  2. Sonnet 2 (0:43): MP3
  3. Sonnet 3 (0:45): MP3
  4. Sonnet 4 (0:44): MP3
  5. Sonnet 5 (0:45): MP3
  6. Sonnet 6 (2:06): MP3
  7. Poem in the Traditional Manner (1:42): MP3
  8. Poem in the Modern Manner (1:32): MP3
  9. From a Secret Journal (1:15): MP3
  10. Sonnet 10 (1:40): MP3
  11. Sonnet 11 (0:42): MP3
  12. Penn Station (0:56): MP3
  13. Sonnet 13 (0:37): MP3
  14. Sonnet 15 (1:37): MP3
  15. Sonnet 16 (0:47): MP3
  16. Sonnet 17 (0:42): MP3
  17. Sonnet 18 (0:48): MP3
  18. Sonnet 19 (0:53): MP3
  19. Sonnet 21 (0:42): MP3
  20. Sonnet 23 (1:18): MP3
  21. Sonnet 26 (1:51): MP3
  22. Sonnet 27 (0:55): MP3
  23. Sonnet 30 (0:44): MP3
  24. Sonnet 31 (0:44): MP3
  25. Sonnet 32 (0:51): MP3
  26. Sonnet 34 (1:15): MP3
  27. Sonnet 36 (1:34): MP3
  28. Sonnet 37 (0:57): MP3
  29. Sonnet 38 (0:49): MP3
  30. Mess Occupations (1:29): MP3
  31. Sonnet 40 (1:33): MP3
  32. Sonnet 41 (0:41): MP3
  33. Sonnet 42 (0:54): MP3
  34. Sonnet 43 (0:43): MP3
  35. Sonnet 44 (1:01): MP3
  36. Sonnet 45 (0:44): MP3
  37. Sonnet 46 (0:43): MP3
  38. Sonnet 47 (1:16): MP3
  39. Sonnet 48 (0:52): MP3
  40. Sonnet 49 (0:49): MP3
  41. Sonnet 50 (1:24): MP3
  42. Sonnet 51 (0:51): MP3
  43. Sonnet 52 (0:35): MP3
  44. Sonnet 53 (0:53): MP3
  45. Sonnet 54 (0:56): MP3
  46. Sonnet 55 (0:58): MP3
  47. Sonnet 56 (0:45): MP3
  48. Sonnet 57 (0:39): MP3
  49. Sonnet 58 (0:55): MP3
  50. Sonnet 59 (0:41): MP3
  51. Sonnet 60 (0:43): MP3
  52. Sonnet 61 (0:52): MP3
  53. Sonnet 62 (0:44): MP3
  54. Sonnet 70 (1:21): MP3
  55. Sonnet 71 (1:04): MP3
  56. Sonnet 72 (2:00): MP3
  57. Sonnet 73 (1:21): MP3
  58. Sonnet 74 (1:12): MP3
  59. Sonnet 75 (0:49): MP3
  60. Sonnet 76 (1:15): MP3
  61. Sonnet 77 (0:59): MP3
  62. Sonnet 78 (1:24): MP3
  63. Sonnet 81 (0:53): MP3
  64. Sonnet 82 (1:20): MP3
  65. Sonnet 83 (1:59): MP3
  66. Sonnet 84 (1:06): MP3
  67. Sonnet 85 (0:54): MP3
  68. Sonnet 87 (0:55): MP3
  69. Sonnet 88 (0:55): MP3
  • Complete Reading, with Introduction (1:22:42): MP3
  • Complete Reading, without Introduction (1:13:14): MP3

These selections are available in the following publications:

  • The Sonnets. New York: Lorenz and Ellen Gude, 1964.
  • The Sonnets. 2nd Edition: New York: Grove Press, 1966.
  • The Sonnets. 3rd Edition: New York: United Artists, 1982.
  • The Sonnets. Introduction by Alice Notley & Footnotes by Ted Berrigan & Alice Notley, with seven sonnets restored, New York: Penguin Books,2000.
  • Version from the Ben Tripp Tapes

    • Side A (46:50): MP3
    • Side B (38:52): MP3

    Recording introduced by Kush.

    Reading from The Sonnets, 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, June 24, 1981

    • Side A (46:02): MP3
    • Side B (47:23): MP3

    Courtesy of Simon Pettet

    Reading at the Naropa Institute, June 1980

    • Complete Reading (30:14): MP3

    Ted Berrigan and Allen Ginsberg in conversation with students, Norman, OK, April 23, 1980

    • Side A (47:48): MP3
    • Side B (47:35): MP3

    Via Allen Ginsberg.

    Courtesy of Simon Pettet

    Chip Delany reading and Ted Berrigan and reading at West End Bar, from the Ben Tripp Tapes, 1980

    • Side A (31:30): MP3
    • Includes Ted Berrigan introducing Chip Delany, 1980

    • Side B (31:34): MP3
    • Includes Ted Berrigan at West End Bar, introduced by Anne Waldman, c. 1980

    Reading at the Naropa Institute, August 1979

    Two Readings: March 5, 1975 and April 25, 1979

    Interview and Reading on In The American Tree, hosted by Lyn Hejinian & Kit Robinson, KPFA, Berkeley, August 11, 1978

    1. Comments (0:28): MP3
    2. Whitman In Black (1:09): MP3
    3. Buddha on the Bounty (1:28): MP3
    4. Here I Live (2:00): MP3
    5. Comments (10:39): MP3
    6. Chicago Morning (1:53): MP3
    7. New Town (1:09): MP3
    8. The End (1:20): MP3
    9. From a List of Delusions of the Insane (What They are Afraid Of) (1:10): MP3
    10. Comments (9:14): MP3
    11. Personal Poem #9 (1:15): MP3
    12. Crystal (1:43): MP3
    13. Comments (1:50): MP3
    14. Three Pages (0:44): MP3
    15. Remembered Poem (0:25): MP3

    Full Interview and Reading (36:33): MP3

    Reading The Sonnets, New York City, December 10, 1978

    Art gallery/space in the area of First Avenue near Houston. Organized by Jim Brodey

    • intro by Ron Padgett and Rochelle Kraut singing (14:09): MP3
    • complete reading (bad audio from about 11:00-30:00) (1:17:51): MP3

    This recording is from the collection of Robert Creeley

    Ted Berrigan reads from and comments on Easter Monday, included in his Collected Poems, 1978, Location Unknown

    • Side A (30:45): MP3
    • Includes Ted Berrigan introducing Easter Monday (striving for "an impressionism of words"), reading "Chicago Morning", "Newton", "The End", "Method Action", "Swinburne and Watts-Dutton", "Soviet Souvenir", "Old-Fashioned Air", "The Ancient Art of Wooing", "Late November", "At Loma Linda", and "L.G.G.T.T.H."

    • Side B (30:33): MP3
    • Includes Ted Berrigan reading stanza from "Peking", then "Chicago English Afternoon", "She" (not to be confused with She, a girl), "Innocents Abroad", "Sister Moon", "An Orange Clock", "Gainsborough", "Easter Monday", "Four Gates to the City", "In Blood", "The Joke and the Stars", "Where the Ceiling Light Burns", "So Going around Cities", "Quarter to Three", "Picnic" (with Addenda), as well as, from elsewhere, brief comments on "Biographica Literaria"

    Courtesy of Simon Pettet

    From The World Record: Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1969-1980

    1. Things to Do in New York City (0:48): MP3
    2. Landscape with Figures (Southampton) (0:40): MP3
    3. Frank O'Hara (1:17): MP3

    Appearing on Public Access Poetry with Harris Schiff, August 4, 1977

    1. Introduction (0:35): MP3
    2. Boulder (1:08): MP3
    3. A Little American Feedback (1:09): MP3
    4. Picnic (1:07): MP3
    5. Carrying a Torch (1:09): MP3
    6. A Note from Yang-Kuan (1:09): MP3
    7. Work Postures (0:50): MP3
    8. A Meeting at the Bridge (1:34): MP3
    9. In 4 Parts (0:55): MP3
    10. Erasable Picabia (1:55): MP3
    11. From A List of the Delusions of the Insane, What They Are Afraid Of (0:40): MP3
    12. Late November (0:44): MP3
    • Complete Recording (27:36): MP3

    Ted Berrigan reading, likely home recording, 1974, Location Unknown

    • Side A (31:37): MP3
    • Side B (31:28): MP3

    Includes Berrigan reading "Service at Upway", commenting "I have only one work and I hardly know what it is", reading from correspondence ("alive and well", "I’m living in Battersea, July 1973"), "Chicago Morning", "Newton", "The End", "Sandy’s Sunday Best", "He", "She", "Communism" (referred to as "a radical work of mine"), "Red Air", sharing an "improvisational…collaborative tape" of Berrigan and Anne Waldman reading "Memorial Day", Berrigan reading "Ten Things about the Boston Trip", commenting "My poetry is domestic. It’s conversational, it’s concerned with rooms and streets and the household gods - that’s what i’m interested in actually. I’m also interested in everything else but I do what I can do", reading "Conversation ("My Name Is Wesley Jackson"), "She", "Wind", "What I’d Like for Christmas 1970", "In the Wheel" (for William Carlos Williams), "Landscape with Figures (Southampton), "Ezra Pound/A Witness", "Paul Blackburn", "Sunday Morning", and "Apologies to Val & Tom"

    Courtesy of Simon Pettet

    Reading at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, August 1971

    1. Introduction (1:15): MP3
    2. Wishes (2:09): MP3
    3. Ophelia (1:51): MP3
    4. Poem (for Larry Fagin) (0:13): MP3
    5. Things to Do In Bolinas (1:06): MP3
    6. Today in Ann Arbor (3:04): MP3
    7. People Who Died (2:27): MP3
    8. Three Sonnets and a Coda for Tom Clark (4:09): MP3
    9. What I'd Like for Christmas, 1970 (1:15): MP3
    10. Southampton Business (3:44): MP3
    11. Wrong Train (1:45): MP3
    12. Frank O'Hara (1:36): MP3
    13. Crystal (1:32): MP3
    14. Words for Love (3:39): MP3
    15. Things To Do In Providence (7:30): MP3
    Complete Recording (37:21): MP3

    Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman, "Memorial Day," the St. Mark's Poetry Project, May 5, 1971

    Complete reading (26:33): MP3

    read Michael S. Hennessey's "Recovering 'Memorial Day'" on Jacket2

    Reading at Buffalo with Introduction by Robert Creeley, May 6, 1968

    1. Introduction (Robert Creeley; cut off) (0:27): MP3
    2. Introduction (Berrigan) (0:37): MP3
    3. Words For Love (2:08): MP3
    4. Personal Poem #7 (0:57): MP3
    5. Living with Chris (2:07): MP3
    6. Many Happy Returns (1:46): MP3
    7. For You (1:04): MP3
    8. Things To Do In New York City (0:50): MP3
    9. Frank O'Hara's Question (1:30): MP3
    10. Resolution (0:37): MP3
    11. A Personal Memoir of Tulsa, Oklahoma / 1955-60 (3:11): MP3
    12. Long Time No See (0:38): MP3
    13. Que Sera Sera (0:16): MP3
    14. December (0:17): MP3
    15. Tooting My Horn On Duty (0:55): MP3
    16. In Four Parts (1:08): MP3
    17. A Man Saw a Ball of Gold (0:45): MP3
    18. The Groundhog (1:07): MP3
    19. Birches (0:24): MP3
    20. Poem (1:05): MP3
    21. Introduction to The Sonnets (1:00): MP3
    22. Sonnet XXXVI (1:21): MP3
    23. Sonnet XXXVII (0:53): MP3
    24. Sonnet XLVI (0:39): MP3
    25. Sonnet XLVIII (0:45): MP3
    26. Sonnet L (0:40): MP3
    27. Sonnet LI (0:49): MP3
    28. Sonnet LII (0:43): MP3
    29. Sonnet LIII (0:43): MP3
    30. Sonnet LV (0:51): MP3
    31. Sonnet LXX (0:56): MP3
    32. Sonnet LXXII (0:49): MP3
    33. Sonnet LXXIV (0:43): MP3
    34. Sonnet LXXV (0:44): MP3
    35. Sonnet LXXVI (1:02): MP3
    36. Sonnet LXXX (0:49): MP3
    37. Sonnet LXXXII (1:06): MP3
    38. Sonnet LXXXVII (0:47): MP3
    39. A Final Sonnet (Sonnet LXXXVIII) (1:00): MP3

    Complete reading (43:30): MP3

    Recording thanks to Robert Creeley.

    Unknown Reading, Unknown Date

    • Partial recording (4:30): MP3

    Also on PennSound

    Ted Berrigan reading "Whitman in Black" (1:04):
    MP3, YouTube

    Ted Berrigan on PennSound Daily


    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to Alice Notley for the Estate of Ted Berrigan. © 2004 Alice Notley. Used with permission of Alice Notley. Distributed by PennSound.