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Ear Inn, NYC

Ted Greenwald and Charles Bernstein founded the Ear Inn series in Fall 1978 with the Lally/Ashbery reading.

The Ear Inn series, co-sponsored by James Sherry's Segue Foundation, migrated to HERE, Double Happiness, and then to the Bowery Poetry Club, all the while keeping its curatorial character and staying on Saturday afternoons.
Many of these recordings from the Ear Inn were made or collected by Charles Bernstein.


The CD Live at the Ear, digitally remastered from Bernstein's Archival Collections from original taped readings (1978-1993), is the best introduction.


fliers of first Ear season (pdf)

September 16, 1978

John Ashbery and Michael Lally
Note: Ashbery and Lally alternated reading during the recording
Ashbery, first set (16:46): MP3
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Lally, "The softness of an ass" (3:33): MP3
Lally, from South Orange Sonnets (16:42): MP3; & segmented: 4 (0:43): MP3, 6 (0:32): MP3, 7 (0:33): MP3 , 9 (0:32): MP3, 14 (0:34): MP3, 15 (0:30): MP3 , 16 (0:31): MP3, 19 (0:30): MP3, 20 (0:40): MP3
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Ashbery from Litany (20:01): MP3
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Lally, second set full (24:36): MP3
& segmented: My Life (11:20): MP3, 1978 Almost Spring (1:14): MP3, Knowing (0:57): MP3, from Oomaloom (22:04): MP3 *
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Complete reading (1:23:44): MP3

October 21, 1978

October 7, 1978 (exact date unknown)

October 14, 1978

October 28, 1978

November 18, 1978

November 25, 1978

November 13, 1978

December 2, 1978

  • David Bromige and Carol Korzeniowsky
  • Complete Recording, Part One (41:20): MP3
  • Complete Recording, Part Two (40:54): MP3