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SUNY-Buffalo readings: Wednesdays @ 4 Plus + Walking the Dog

Readings sponsored by UB Buffalo Poetics 1963-2003

Most of the readings here are connected to two series. "Walking the Dog" programs were coordinated and recorded by Robert Creeley until 1990. "Wednesdays@4 Plus" programs (1990-2003) were coordinated and recorded by Charles Bernstein, working with Susan Howe, Raymond Federman, Dennis Tedlock, Robert Bertholf, and Creeley. While the Poetics Program as such did not begin until Fall 1991, we include on this page readings beginning in 1964 in Buffalo, associated with the State University of New York's English Department.

Several early recordings were made by Fred Wah, courtesy of the Slought Foundation.

See a Calendar of Events (1994-2005) at the Electronic Poetry Center

See a pdf of posters (1990-2003)

October 13, 1964

Thanks to Fred Wah and Slought Foundation.

July 15, 1965

September 19, 1965

July 29, 1966

October 3, 1966

Robert Creeley (53:10): MP3

November 30, 1966

George Oppen

  1. Of Being Numerous (22:53): MP3
  2. Parenthesis (0:22): MP3
  3. Historic Pun (1:19): MP3
  4. Epigram (0:44): MP3
  5. Ballad (1:24): MP3
  6. Power the Enchanted World (2:03): MP3
  7. Route (11:13): MP3
  • Complete recording (41:02): MP3

February 17, 1967

George Oppen (31:25): MP3

  1. Of Being Numerous (19:47): MP3
  2. A Preface (0:31): MP3
  3. Historic Pun (1:06): MP3
  4. Epigram (0:39): MP3
  5. Ballad (1:12): MP3
  6. Power, The Enchanted World (1:47): MP3
  7. Route (6:15): MP3

February 15, 1967 (or possibly November 30, 1967)

May 6, 1968

Ted Berrigan, introduced by Robert Creeley (43:30): MP3

Recording thanks to Robert Creeley.

June 21, 1973

Charles Reznikoff, introduced by George Oppen (1:09:51): MP3

April 19-20, 1974

Ed Dorn

Go to Dorn page for segmented readings.

December 12, 1974

This recording is part of the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.

1974

Charles Reznikoff interviews with Reinhold Schiffer: link

October 9, 1975

This recording is part of the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.

April 26, 1976

  • David Bromige, from Threads; Birds of the West; Credences of Winter; Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other (1:07:08): MP3

October 5, 1978

This recording is part of the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.

October 6, 1978

Allen Ginsberg reading with Leslie Fiedler, Irving Layton, Allen DeLoach, and Peter Orlovsky, Allentown Community Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

  1. Leslie Fiedler talks and reads a 1947 poem, "No Ghost Is True" (from Thou Shalt Truly Die), his first publication of any kind, in Poetry Magazine (text) and "Song for Buffalo" and "To Chookie" (13:26): MP3
  2. Irving Layton (24:12): MP3
  3. Allen Ginsberg (15:41): MP3
  4. [from the previous segment:] Allen Ginsberg reading "Punk Rock Your My Big Crybaby" (1:01): MP3
  5. Allen DeLoach (15:46): MP3
  6. Irving Layton, Second Reading (19:43): MP3
  7. Allen Ginsberg with Peter Orlovsky: Blake's "The Tyger" (3:30): MP3
  8. Ginsberg, "Plutonian Ode" (13:59): MP3

Complete reading (1:47:41): MP3

November 30, 1978

Stan Brakhage Walking the Dog seminar (1:38:07): MP3

Robert Duncan: Charles Olson Memorial Lectures, March 1979

Lectures 3 and 4 courtesy of David Landrey.

November 29, 1979

December 5 and 6, 1979

Dec. 12 and 13, 1979

Kathy Acker discusses and reads from Pierre Guyotat's Eden Eden Eden. Colette Peignot, a.k.a. Laure; introduced by Creeley;
(2:39:25): MP3

March 18-27, 1980

Michael McClure, Charles Olson Memorial Lectures

  1. First Lecture: "Scratching the Beat Surface," March 18, 1980 (1:00:05): MP3
  2. Second Lecture Discussion, March 20, 1980 (37:14): MP3
  3. Third Lecture: "Into the Theater," March 25, 1980 (1:24:59): MP3
  4. Poetry Reading, March 27, 1980 (29:51): MP3

April 15, 1982

Tom Raworth, introduced by Robert Creeley (1:11:49): MP3

1982

Robert Duncan

Complete reading (1:02:08): MP3

Go to Duncan page for segmented reading.

March 11, 1984

Philip Whalen: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture, introduced by Robert Creeley (1:16:24): MP3

June 14, 1985, Allentown Community Center

Amina and Amiri Baraka
    Complete reading (1:11:53): MP3

March 23-29, 1987

Robin Blaser Charles Olson Lectures

Go to Blaser page for the three lectures and one segmented reading.

March 4, 1988

Tom Raworth at the Allentown Community Center, Buffalo (53:14): MP3

March 17, 1988

Allen Ginsberg lecture on William Carlos Williams (48:56): MP3

Rosmarie Waldrop prob. April 13, 1988

Complete reading (27:14): MP3

Go to Waldrop page for segmented reading.

April 14, 1988: Radical Poetics Conference: Charles Bernstein

Talking version what became "Optimism and Critical Excess" (plus discussion and related material)
(starts with reading of "Kiwi Bird in Kiwi Tree")
Part 1 (47:17): MP3
Part 2 (48:48): MP3

September 13, 1990

Robert Creeley

Go to Creeley page for a segmented version of this seminar.

Charles Bernstein's graduate seminar, Part 1 (1:23:52): MP3
Bernstein Seminar, Part 2 (57:28): MP3

September 17, 1990

Robert Creeley

Go to Creeley page for a segmented version of this talk.

  • Walking the Dog talk, Part 1 (1:11:04): MP3
  • Walking the Dog talk, Part 2 (1:33:04): MP3, RealAudio

September 26, 1990

Susan Howe

  • Part 1 (31:59): MP3
  • Part 2 (21:39): MP3

September 28, 1990

Susan Howe on Emily Dickinson

  • Part 1 (1:58:15): MP3
  • Part 2 (28:47): MP3

October 11, 1990

Jackson Mac Low in Bernstein's poetics seminar (1:02:50): MP3

Go to Mac Low's page for a segmented version of this seminar.

October 15, 1990

Robert Creeley

  • Part 1 (51:45): MP3
  • Part 2 (51:40): MP3

Go to Creeley page for a segmented version of this talk.

October 24, 1990

Johanna Drucker

Talk, introduced by Charles Bernstein (59:46): MP3

November 1, 1990

John Ashbery, introduced by Carl Dennis (46:04): MP3

November 7-8, 1990

Michael Palmer poetry reading (44:58): MP3

November 14 and 15, 1990

Clark Coolidge

November 14 reading
  1. Introduction to reading (2:44): MP3
  2. Comes Through in the Call Hold (Improvisations on Cecil Taylor) (17:02): MP3
  3. Registers (People In All) (13:22): MP3
  4. This Time We Are Both (20:15): MP3
Complete reading (53:46): MP3

November 15, 1990

Reading Selections from Samuel Beckett's Prose Works and Discussing his Own Writing

Go to Coolidge's PennSound page for a segmented version of this reading and discussion.

Complete recording (2:13:30): MP3

December 5-6, 1990

Nick Piombino

December 5 — Complete reading (45:52): MP3

December 6 — Seminar

  • Part 1 (46:06): MP3
  • Part 2 (46:00): MP3
  • Part 3 (46:05): MP3

January 25-26, 1991

Nicole Brossard

January 25 — Complete reading (38:44): MP3

  1. Introduction (1:19): MP3
  2. from Mauve Desert (8:26): MP3
  3. with Elizabeth Burns, dialogue from Mauve Desert (6:09): MP3
  4. Close (2:36): MP3
  5. Green Night of Labyrinth Park (14:05): MP3
  6. Matter Harmonious Still Maneuvering (6:00): MP3

January 26 — Complete seminar (1:30:26): MP3

February 20-21, 1991

Steve McCaffery

February 20 — Complete reading (30:51): MP3

  1. Code of System Four (11:20): MP3
  2. Invariant (4:02): MP3
  3. Little House (3:32): MP3
  4. Foucault Acrostic (2:58): MP3
  5. At corners collating when the dislocation fades (30:51): MP3

February 21 — Complete seminar (1:24:01): MP3

  1. The Kommunist Manifesto or Wot We Wukkers Want (6:01): MP3
  2. Appropriation As My Beatrice: Insufficiencies of Theory to Poetical Economies (33:51): MP3
  3. the distinction between theory and poetics (8:28): MP3
  4. the abandonment of primary texts (8:44): MP3
  5. theory in critical vs. creative writing (6:08): MP3
  6. the distinction between primary/secondary texts and high/low art (9:33): MP3
  7. a critique of Bourdieu and contemporary theory (10:50): MP3

Karen Mac Cormack

  • February 20 — Complete reading (26:53): MP3

February 28, 1991

Robert Creeley

  • Part 1 (46:58): MP3
  • Part 2 (46:50): MP3
  • Part 3 (47:00): MP3
  • Part 4 (33:59): MP3

March 6-7, 1991

Leslie Scalapino

March 6 — Complete recording (46:58): MP3
  1. introduction (2:02): MP3
  2. from "Waking Life" (27:58): MP3
  3. Ochre (16:51): MP3

March 7 — Complete seminar (1:40:45): MP3

March 20, 1991

Robert Creeley (48:03): MP3

April 3, 1991

Jerome McGann (51:34): MP3

April 17, 1991

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (52:04): MP3

  1. from "Acknowledgments" (3:50): MP3
  2. The Pink Guitar (48:12): MP3

April 24-25, 1991

Robin Blaser

  • April 24 — "Check Out Your Lintels: Poetry and Doors" (1:07:04): MP3
  • April 25 — "Homotextualism" (2:13:57): MP3

September 11, 1991

  1. Introduction (3:36): MP3
  2. from the preface to Comma in the Ear (3:52): MP3
  3. Outnumbering Any One Way (32:00): MP3
  4. Stray Formulations (12:19): MP3

October 9, 1991

Tom Raworth (27:28): MP3

October 23, 1991

Lyn Hejinian

  • Reading (46:25): MP3 (incomplete)
  • Excerpt from "The Cell" (10:27): MP3

November 13, 1991

Lorenzo Thomas

  1. from Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali Songs, #11 (3:10): MP3
  2. Mister Anderson (1:08): MP3
  3. L'Argent (1:03): MP3
  4. The Gambler (0:48): MP3
  5. The Audie Murphy Game (1:23): MP3
  6. Now You Can Worry (1:45): MP3
  7. Knight to Queen's Pawn (0:40): MP3
  8. Grudge Match (1:13): MP3
  9. Walking Vicksburg Blues (3:17): MP3
  10. Some Streets (0:56): MP3
  11. Speed Key (2:07): MP3
  12. Souvenir of the Manassah Ball (1:49): MP3
  13. Last Call (5:08): MP3
  14. The Guards on Privilege (1:52): MP3
  15. Chanson (for Karen) (0:50): MP3
  16. Tirade (1:04): MP3
  17. An excerpt from "Big House Movies" (9:50): MP3
  18. Ovidio Martinez's "Salt" (2:23): MP3
  19. Back-Ordered Tears (1:33): MP3
Complete reading (42:26): MP3

November 20, 1991

Jack Clarke

  1. Introduction (02:53): MP3
  2. Opening My Umbrella (01:55): MP3
  3. Doubles Triange (01:54): MP3
  4. Delubrum Lustrum (01:41): MP3
  5. Jack in the Pulpit (02:23): MP3
  6. The Bebop Wars: A Tear for Bird (01:25): MP3
  7. Wearing the Karmic Clothing Out (02:09): MP3
  8. Like Torrents for Spring Freshlets (01:26): MP3
  9. Burnt Norton (02:19): MP3
  10. Another Round, Another Cannon (02:26): MP3
  11. Cover Me With Nazca Cloth (01:39): MP3
  12. One World Completing Impulse (01:52): MP3
  13. The Periodicity of Regulation (03:08): MP3
  14. By the Watchfires of the Boundary Mounds (02:15): MP3
  15. The Poetry and Rare Book Room (02:01): MP3
  16. Cool Customers (01:32): MP3
  17. Unvexed to the Sea (01:32): MP3
  18. The Blue Rose (02:22): MP3
  19. Inside the Tent (00:59): MP3
  20. I Don't Want Anything to Come After Us (01:26): MP3
  21. Open Season (01:36): MP3
  22. Lang Zeit (01:46): MP3
  23. As from a Main Spring (01:24): MP3
  24. The End of the World (01:54): MP3

Complete reading (47:01): MP3

January 29-30, 1992

David Bromige

  • January 29 — Complete reading (39:51): MP3
  • January 30 — Complete seminar (2:08:06): MP3

February 12, 1992

Loss Glazier and Mark Hammer

  • Complete reading (18:19): MP3

February 19, 1992

James Sherry (37:37): MP3

February 26, 1992

March 18, 1992

Norma Cole

  • Complete reading (40:42): MP3

April 1-2, 1992

Barbara Guest

  • Poetry reading (43:50): MP3
  • I. Lecture "How I Got out of Poetry and into Prose" (20:24): MP3
  • II. Seminar discussion (1:37:35): MP3
    [Note: This recording drops out once at 0:26:00 minutes and again and 1:13:00 when cassette was flipped or changed during recording.]

April 15, 1992

Bruce Andrews (58:45): MP3 (slight drop-out at 46:38 when cassette was flipped)

September 23, 1992

Eric Mottram (introduced by Creeley, hosted by Bernstein)

  • Complete reading (1:03:55): MP3

September 19, 1992

Stanley Cavell, introduced by Charles Bernstein
  • "Authority, tradition and the future of the discipline" (1:17:02): MP3
  • Discussion (19:56): MP3

September 30, 1992

Ray A. Young Bear

  • Complete reading (56:52): MP3

October 8, 1992

Eric Mottram

  • Lecture on Hugh MacDiarmid (01:34:58): MP3

  • in Charles Bernstein's seminar (second of three lectures; others on Bunting and Jones)

November 2, 1992

Eric Mottram and Robert Creeley in conversation

  • Recording (begins while talk is in progress) (1:31): MP3

November 11, 1992

Rosmarie Waldrop; go to Waldrop page for segmented recording.

March 10, 1993

Richard Foreman talk (49:47): MP3

February 10, 1993

Arkadii Dragomoshchenko
Introduced by Charles Bernstein, who reads Lyn Hejinian's translations

  • Complete reading (59:53): MP3

February 17, 1993

Wystan Curnow; go to Curnow page for segmented reading.

April 22, 1993

Christian Prigent (46:45): MP3

New Coast Festival April 1993

September 15, 1993

Robin Blaser, introduced by Robert Creeley (1:05:46): MP3

September 22, 1993

Joan Retallack (40:20): MP3

September 28, 1993

Jena Osman (33:01): MP3

October 20, 1993

Bob Perelman, introduced by Charles Bernstein (57:40): MP3

Oct. 27, 1993

Maggie O'Sullivan; go to O'Sullivan page for segmented reading.

November 17, 1993

Mark Wallace (33:17): MP3

Feb. 2, 1994

Ron Silliman: "Jones" and ® from The Alphabet, introduced by Charles Bernstein (56:28): MP3

February 16, 1994

P. Inman, introduced by Joan Retallack (39:23): MP3

Tina Darragh, introduced by Retallack (35:18): MP3

February 23, 1994

Barbara Tedlock and Dennis Tedlock

  • Complete reading (58:45): MP3

March 2, 1994

Erica Hunt, introduced by Bernstein (53:54): MP3

March 10, 1994

March 16, 1994

David Hureta (24:58): MP3

Jorge S. Perednik (47:50): MP3

March 23, 1994

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (1:03:53): MP3

April 20, 1994

Ann Lauterbach, introduced by Jena Osman (50:25): MP3

September 21, 1994

John Taggart, introduced by Robert Creeley> (52:38): MP3

October 5, 1994

Robert Grenier (slide lecture) (1:19:23): MP3

October 12, 1994

November 2, 1994

Clayton Eshleman, introduced by Yunte Huang (54:31): MP3

November 6, 1994

November 9, 1994

November 16, 1994

Anne Portugal and Olivier Cadiot (French Poetry Festival), introduced by Raymond Federman, Portugal translated by Federman and Kristin Prevallet

Complete recording (55:28): MP3
Olivier Cadiot reading "Red, Green, and Black" with translator Charles Bernstein (20:19): MP3

December 7, 1994

Reading of Atmosphere Magazine (45:28): MP3

January 25, 1995

Jorie Graham, introduced by Susan Howe (52:32): MP3

February 8, 1995

February 15, 1995

February 22, 1995

Fanny Howe (20:15): MP3

M. NourbeSe Philip (34:12): MP3

March 1, 1995

Charles Alexander (54:17): MP3

March 8, 1995

Ric Caddel (39:59): MP3

Peter Middleton (36:28): MP3

March 22, 1995

March 29, 1995

Christian Prigent (55:16): MP3

March 31, 1995

Robert Creeley

  • Introduction (2:50): MP3
  • Histoire de Florida (18:24): MP3

Susan Howe (21:36): MP3

Charles Bernstein (25:06): MP3

April 12, 1995

Kathy Acker interview, hosted by Bernstein (1:10:13): MP3

Go to Acker page for a segmented version of this talk.

April 12-13, 1995

Lydia Davis

Reading with an Introduction by Charles Bernstein (48:26): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)

Interview by Charles Bernstein with Susan Howe (48:08): MP3 (Slight gap where tape was turned at 45 minutes.)

April 19, 1995

Michael Ondaatje (47:57): MP3

April 26, 1995

Paul Auster (1:03:15): MP3

September 13, 1995

Carla Harryman (42.23): MP3

September 20, 1995

Fiona Templeton (41:18): MP3

September 27, 1995

Lucette Finas (1:13:54): MP3

October 11, 1995

Luci Tapahonso (55:08): MP3

October 18, 1995

First Poetics Program French Poetry Festival, with Emmanuel Hocquard, Claude Royet-Journoud, Jacqueline Risset, Jean Fremon

  1. Introduction by Raymond Federman [breaks off at end] (1:50): MP3
  2. Emmanuel Hocquard

  3. Michael Palmer’s translation of “Theory of Tables" read by Charles Bernstein [beginning missing] (12:43): MP3
  4. Claude Royet-Journoud

  5. Royet-Journoud, "‘Le drap maternel’ ou la restitution” (5:06): MP3
  6. Bernstein reads his translation, “‘The Maternal Drape or Restitution’" (7:22): MP3, pdf of text
  7. Royet-Journoud, “Descriptive Method,” part 2; Bernstein reads alternating sections of Keith Waldrop’s translation (9:03): MP3
  8. Jacqueline Risset

  9. Rosmarie Waldrop's trandlation of “Seven Passages from a Woman’s Life” read by Federman (24:29): MP3
  10. Jean Fremon

  11. from L’Ile des morts (Island of the Dead), followed by English translation by Cole Swenson, read by Ted Pearson (30:49): MP3

Complete recording (1:32:14): MP3

October 25, 2011

November 1, 1995

Lance Olson [reading cuts out in the middle] (25:29): MP3

November 15, 1995

Steve McCaffery (47:52): MP3

February 14, 1996

Gustaf Sobin

  • Complete reading, with introduction by Robert Creeley (1:12:10): MP3

March 13, 1996

April 3, 1996

Larry McCaffery and Doug Rice: Poetics & Practice of Avant-Pop Literature Lecture (1:27:34): MP3

September 11, 1996

Deanna Ferguson (50:50): MP3

September 25, 1996

Pierre Joris

  • Incomplete reading [cuts out in the middle] (46:51): MP3

October 11, 1996

Creeley @ 70 Celebration (organized by Charles Bernstein)

  1. Opening event, 3-5pm at UB's Katharine Cornell Theatre (1:30:20): MP3
    • Introduction to event by Bernstein and introduction to Creeley by UB President William Greiner;
    • (9:04) Joseph Conte introduction to Gilbert Sorrentino followed by Sorrentino reading;
    • (58:52) Creeley talking;
    • (1:13:28) Creeley reads "Dogs of Auckland"

  2. 8:30pm at Cornell theater: Full Creeley reading followed by conversation with Jim Dine and Bernstein (2:13:11): MP3
    1. Introduction by Susan Howe (14:25): MP3
    2. Creeley's preface (5:16): MP3
    3. Introduction to Mabel: A Story (8:15): MP3
    4. "Four More" from Mabel: A Story (21:36): MP3
    5. Histoire de Florida (21:01): MP3
    6. Introduction to Jim Dine by Charles Bernstein (5:04): MP3
    7. Conversation between Jim Dine, Robert Creeley, and Charles Bernstein (57:25): MP3

    Part 1: Video of evening Creeley reading

    Part 2: Jim Dine conversation

    October 12, 1996

    John Ashbery (48:37): MP3
    Ashbery reads as part of the Robert Creeley 70th birthday tribute, introduced by Susan Schultz, hosted by Charles Bernstein.

    Complete Video Recording

    October 16, 1996

    Serge Gavronsky (51:53): MP3

    October 23, 1996

    Leslie Scalapino (52:11): MP3

    November 3, 1996

    Susan Schultz (29:08): MP3

    Hank Lazer (38:26): MP3

    Complete reading (1:07:33): MP3

    November 6, 1996

    November 20, 1996

    Third Annual French Poetry Festival

    December 6, 1995

    Reading of Atmosphere Magazine (46:34): MP3

    September 24, 1997

    Mike Basinski

    • Introduction (4:20): MP3
    • Complete reading (56:55): MP3

    March 17, 1997

    Cecilia Vicuña, with introduction by Margarita Vargas and introduction to the event by Charles Bernstein and Elise Paschen

    Complete recording (2:05:49): MP3

    October 8, 1997

    Jackson Mac Low reading from "Forties" (56:36): MP3

    October 15, 1997

    November 6, 1997

    Steve McCaffery; go to McCaffery page for segmented recording.

    November 19, 1997

    F'loom

    • Complete performance (57:40): MP3

    September 16, 1998

    April 12, 2000

    Reina María Rodríguez; go to Rodríguez page for segmented recording.

    April 26, 2000

    Clark Coolidge (53:52): MP3

    September 6, 2000

    Jorie Graham (1:00:45): MP3

    September 20, 2000

    Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, introduced by Lew Daly (46:17): MP3

    October 11, 2000

    Samuel Delany (18:46): MP3

    Carl Dennis (26:27): MP3

    October 18, 2000

    Adrienne Rich; go to Rich page for segmented recording.

    November 15, 2000

    Dominique Fourcade (1:04:18): MP3

    2000

    Christian Bök

    1. And Sometimes (0:32): MP3
    2. Valuvëula (1:16): MP3
    3. from Motorized Razors (2:24): MP3
    4. Ubu Hubbub (0:46): MP3
    5. Bök performs Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate" (18:36): MP3

    March 21, 2001

    Cecilia Vicuña, with introduction by Barbara Cole (47:52): MP3

  3. March 28, 2001

    Tan Lin (39:39): MP3

    April 2001

    Darren Wershler-Henry (9:39): MP3

    April 4, 2001

    Donald Revell (39:09): MP3

    Ocotber 10, 2001

    Philippe Beck

    • Introduction by Gerard Bucher [damaged sections deleted] (2:50): MP3
    • Susan Howe reads translations of Beck (tr. not known) [damaged sections deleted] (15:26): MP3

    October 3, 2001

    Jerome Rothenberg

    October 17, 2001

    Ann Lauterbach

    • Complete reading (47:38): MP3

    October 30, 2001

    Stacy Doris; go to Doris page for segmented recording.

    November 14, 2001

    Juliana Spahr; go to Spahr page for segmented recording.

    Rodrigo Toscano; go to Toscano page for segmented recording.

    November 16, 2001

    Anne Portugal, Pierre Cadiot
    Introduced by Federman, Bernstein, and Prevallet

    November 28, 2001

    Bruce Andrews (51:21): MP3
    Note: Roberto Tejada's introduction was not recorded.

    2001

    Christian Bök (17:15): MP3, RealAudio

    March 22, 2002

    Milli Graffi

    • Complete reading (46:33): MP3