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Berkson Tapes

John Ashbery

Reading "The Skaters" at Washington SquareGallery, with introduction by Bill Berkson, Sugust 23, 1964
  • The Skaters I-III (45:50): MP3
  • The Skaters IV (18:35): MP3

Jennifer Bartlett

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete reading (5:45): MP3

James Baxter

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete reading (6:50): MP3
  • complete recording (6:49): MP3

Bill Berkson

Discussion on Jackson Pollock on "The Forum" program with Ed Harris and Whitney Chadwick, hosted by Michael Krasny, for KQED, San Francisco, January 18, 2001
  • Part One (43:16): MP3
  • Part Two (10:08): MP3

Reading for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, New York, May 17, 1978
  • Complete Reading (39:58): MP3

Reading "Young Manhattan" by Bill Berkson and Anne Waldman, 1974
  • Complete Recording (5:57): MP3

Reading with Kenward Elmslie at Loeb S.C., New York City, February 7, 1969
  • Complete Recording (1:12:37): MP3

Reading at MacCombe Community College
  • Complete Recording (43:00): MP3

Reading at Grand Piano, San Francisco, November 9, 1976
  • Complete Recording (43:00): MP3

Reading for Intersection, San Francisco, December 20, 1976
  • Complete Recording (24:38): MP3

Ted Berrigan

Unknown Reading, Unknown Date
  • partial recording (4:30): MP3

Robin Blaser

Reading at the San Francisco Poetry Center, February 11, 1976
  • Part One (31:19): MP3
  • Part Two (31:23): MP3

Joe Brainard

Reading "Journals" and "Van Gogh" for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, New York, and "Train Ride" at SFSU, mid 1970's
  • Complete Recording (24:59): MP3

Jim Brodey

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete recording (3:17): MP3

Michael Brownstein

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete recording (26:42): MP3

Reading "Landscape Do Not Enter" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete recording (2:19): MP3

Reading "Oracle Night" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
  • complete recording (19:20): MP3
  • complete recording (22:49): MP3
  • complete recording (22:52): MP3
    • Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (21:09): MP3

      Basil Bunting

      Reading "Briggflatts," Carlisle, April 15, 1977
      • Briggflats I-IV (43:01): MP3
      • Briggflatts V and Coda (12:10): MP3

      John Cage

      "Questions and Answers," Harvard, 1990
      • Side A (28:21): MP3
      • Side B (25:49): MP3

      Reading "Mesostic IV," Harvard, 1990
      • Side A (32:13): MP3
      • Side B (24:39): MP3

      "Overpopulation and Art," Stanford Humanities Center, January 28, 1992
      • complete recording (26:42): MP3

      Steve Carey

      Reading "A Movie for Liz Palmer" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:53): MP3

      Jim Carroll

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (4:20): MP3

      Joe Ceravolo

      Unknown Date, Unknown Location
      • complete recording (23:26): MP3

      Tom Clark

      Reading at Body Politic, Chicago, November 1973
      • complete recording (17:11): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (7:03): MP3

      Reading "The Color of Stepped on Gum" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:49): MP3

      Clark Coolidge

      Polaroid, S -Press Cassette
      • Side A (59:02): MP3
      • Side B (44:59): MP3

      Robert Creeley

      Reading at the Poetry Center, San Francisco, May 20, 1956
      • Part One (46:19): MP3
      • Part Two (7:10): MP3

      Victor Hernández Cruz

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (9:00): MP3

      Fielding Dawson

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (12:37): MP3

      Ed Dorn

      Reading "North Atlantic Turbine" in London, 1967
      • complete recording (53:52): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (8:05): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (8:01): MP3

      Reading "Half in the Vast Distance" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (3:27): MP3

      Kenward Elmslie

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (10:09): MP3

      Reading with Kenneth Deifik as part of the "Town Hall," St. Mark's Poetry Project, April 19, 1980
      • complete recording (5:47): MP3

      Reading "Saga of Skunk's Misery" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (5:24): MP3

      Clayton Eshleman

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, November 16, 1992
      • complete recording (50:33): MP3

      Larry Fagin

      Reading in Bolinas, March 6, 1974
      • complete recording (22:11): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (10:14): MP3

      Allen Ginsberg

      Reading at Intersection, San Francisco, August 17, 1971
      • complete recording (58:06): MP3

      Reading "Popeye and Blake" with Kenneth Koch at St. Mark's Poetry Project, May 9, 1979
      • complete recording (8:18): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1977
      • complete recording (35:44): MP3

      John Godfrey

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:33): MP3

      Ted Greenwald

      Reading at Grand Piano, San Francisco, November 9, 1976
      • partial recording (18:50): MP3

      Barbara Guest

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
      • complete recording (7:39): MP3

      Bobbie Louise Hawkins

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
      • complete recording (10:38): MP3

      Reading "The Elevation of Terre Haute is 50 Feet" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (4:37): MP3

      Bob Holman

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:19): MP3

      Steve Katz

      Reading "William Reichert" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (2:37): MP3

      Sam Kashner

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (2:23): MP3

      Reading "Toothpaste" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:42): MP3

      Kenneth Koch

      Reading "Boiling Water" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (9:45): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (5:17): MP3

      Rochelle Kraut

      Reading the Third Poem from "A Book of Airs," by Thomas Campion, at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (2:28): MP3

      Joanne Kyger

      Reading at Intersection, San Francisco, December 20, 1976
      • complete recording (18:15): MP3

      Reading from "Visit to Marlyand" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (2:20): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (11:43): MP3

      Gary Lenhart

      Reading "My Bellacina" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:59): MP3

      Robert Lowell

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (2:57): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1977
      • complete recording (22:44): MP3

      Reading "To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage"
      • complete recording (1:55): MP3

      Bernadette Mayer

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1977
      • complete recording (18:15): MP3

      Midwinter Day
      • complete recording (29:39): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (33:26): MP3

      Reading "The Heart of the Hair" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (3:47): MP3

      Eileen Myles

      Reading "Lorna and Vicki" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (3:26): MP3

      Alice Notley

      Reading "Conversation" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:22): MP3

      Reading "A Woman Comes Into the Room" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:56): MP3

      Maureen Owen

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (4:56): MP3

      Ron Padgett

      Unknown Location, May, 1973
      • complete recording (46:37): MP3

      Michael Palmer

      Reading "Dance of the Bees" at St. Mark's Poetry Project, March 3, 1978
      • complete recording (0:57): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (10:28): MP3

      Ezra Pound

      Unknown Date, Unknown Location
      • complete recording (3:18): MP3

      F.T. Prince

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, May 24, 1978
      • complete recording (1:11:07): MP3

      Tom Raworth

      Reading at the New College, March 1, 1985
      • incomplete reading (33:31): MP3

      Charles Reznikoff

      Reading for the Poetry Project, St. Mark's, New York, 1972
      • complete recording (1:00:51): MP3

      Bob Rosenthal

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:45): MP3

      Ed Sanders

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (17:04): MP3

      San Francisco Poets, Evergreen Review

      • Ferlinghetti, Miles, Duncan, and Spicer (25:22): MP3
      • Broughton, Rexroth, Evanson, Whalen, McClure, and Ginsberg (17:29): MP3

      Harris Schiff

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (4:03): MP3

      Reading "New York" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:15): MP3

      Reading "Freedom is Your Dream" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (0:45): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, April 19, 1980
      • complete recording (5:52): MP3

      Peter Schjeldahl

      Reading for the "Town Hall" at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York, April 19, 1980
      • complete recording (2:30): MP3

      James Schuyler

      Hymn to Life & Other Poems, Watershed Tapes
      • side one (31:05): MP3
      • side two (29:35): MP3

      Semina Culture Poetry Reading, Berkeley Art Museum, November 12, 2006
      • Part One (45:54): MP3
      • Part One (38:59): MP3

      Six Gallery Reading: Rexroth, Snyder, Whalen, McClure, San Francisco, October 1955
      • Rexroth, Snyder, Whalen, and McClure (46:22): MP3
      • McClure (0:51): MP3

      Patti Smith

      Reading "Poem (Lo, No Lord...)" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:45): MP3

      Lorenzo Thomas

      Reading "Red Cross Stations" at St. Mark's Poetry Project, November 20, 1979
      • complete recording (2:26): MP3

      Susie Timmons

      Reading "Journal Entries" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:08): MP3

      Tony Towle

      Reading "Social Poem" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (3:12): MP3

      Unknown Recordings

      Unknown Location, Unknown Date

      North, St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (10:26): MP3

      G.S. Carey Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York
      • complete recording (1:50): MP3

      Ryman reading "Since Breakfast" at St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
      • complete recording (0:35): MP3

      Town Hall with Schiff, Hawkins, and Clark, April 19, 1980
      • complete recording (35:52): MP3

      Unknown Recording, St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
      • complete recording (4:27): MP3

      Unknown Recording, St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY
      • complete recording (7:10): MP3

      Unknown reading "Guyana" at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (1:56): MP3

      Anne Waldman

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (11:52): MP3

      Reading as part of "Nurturing in Times of Peril," Naropa, May 24, 1986
      • complete recording (42:35): MP3

      Philip Whalen

      Reading at Intersection, San Francisco, August 17, 1971
      • complete recording (58:37): MP3

      By and Large, Ubik Sound
      • side one (32:02): MP3
      • side two (30:15): MP3

      John Wieners

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, NY, January 6, 1971 (date tentative)
      • complete recording (42:38): MP3

      Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1970 (date tentative)
      • complete recording (37:22): MP3

      Reading from "A Superficial Estimation" (begins in progress) at St. Mark's Poetry Project
      • complete recording (13:04): MP3

      Video Recordings

      John Ashbery

      Reading as part of the Lunch Poems Series, UC Berkeley, April 8, 2001

      Part of the Cloud House Series

      • video by Kush
      • complete recording (1:03:25)

      Reading at the San Fransisco Art Institute (organized with Small Press Traffic), introduction by Bill Berkson, January 26, 1998

      Part of the Cloud House Series

      • video by Kush
      • complete recording (1:08:14)

      Reading at the San Francisco Art Institute (organized with the American Poetry Archive at San Fransisco State), December 5, 1984
      • complete recording (57:04)

      Reading in the American Poetry Archive at San Fransisco State, Introduction by Kathleen Fraser, May 16, 1973
      • complete recording (58:12)

      Ted Berrigan

      Two Readings: March 5, 1975 and April 25, 1979
      • complete recording (59:50)

      Bill Berkson

      Reading for "Remember Me to Someone" event at Slaughterhousespace, CA, August 29, 2009
      • complete recording (18:50)

      Reading at the CUE Art Foundation, New York, May 3, 2007
      • complete recording (42:46)

      Reading with Sarah Riggs, Stephen Rodefer, Andrew Zawacki, Guy Bennet, and Jorie Graham for Double Change Issue 9, July 5, 2005
      • complete recording (1:52:54)

      Reading with Valerie Mrejen for Double Change Issue 8, Paris, June 17, 2005
      • complete recording (1:13:53)

      Aaron Kramer

        Reading at Concord Academy Chapel, April 19, 1986
      • complete recording (1:34:43)

      James Schuyler

      Reading at San Francisco Art Institute, co-sponsored by the Poetry Center at SFSU, February 10, 1989

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      complete recording (54:52)



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