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Clark Coolidge

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, October 26, 2017

  • Video Recording:
  • Complete Audio (01:04:32): MP3

    PoemTalk Podcast #60, discussing Clark Coolidge's "Blues for Alice," December 16, 2012

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

    Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, April 26, 2000

    1. Introduction and Let It End with a Broom (2:57) : MP3
    2. Trips on Choosing (1:23) : MP3
    3. Rubber Slides (1:24) : MP3
    4. A Plain Load of Dumb Luck (1:21) : MP3
    5. For a Decent Man You Sure Get a Hardon Sheriff (0:58) : MP3
    6. Trustworthy Locator with Dog (0:51) : MP3
    7. Drops (0:30) : MP3
    8. Buddha Had to Train Him on Me (0:44) : MP3
    9. The Greener Sphere Got Shelved (1:28) : MP3
    10. It's the Globe that Pesters People (1:03) : MP3
    11. Fire Distinguishers (1:21) : MP3
    12. Dr. Death Lets Go (0:59) : MP3
    13. Buddha Cleans (0:49) : MP3
    14. Little Red Candies (1:08) : MP3
    15. From the Cimarron Sandhills (0:51) : MP3
    16. The Salt of a Hidden Bueno (1:09) : MP3
    17. Hullabaloo at Doodad Theme Park (0:53) : MP3
    18. Forgotten Title (1:09) : MP3
    19. Off a Flake (0:35) : MP3
    20. Little Place of Redness (0:28) : MP3
    21. Several (1:03) : MP3
    22. Buffalo Friends (1:00) : MP3
    23. Wagon Boys (1:06) : MP3
    24. The Boys that Take Forever (0:56) : MP3
    25. Where the Symbol of Water Is Fire (0:56) : MP3
    26. Asbestos Conductor (1:11) : MP3
    27. A Warm Afternoon in Dutch (1:16) : MP3
    28. My Shine on the War (1:02) : MP3
    29. Under the Solstice Scissors (1:04) : MP3
    30. The American Day (1:29) : MP3
    31. The Shield of What Ails You (1:00) : MP3
    32. Christo in Sarajevo, an Occupational Diminuendo (1:04) : MP3
    33. The Game Boy (1:10) : MP3
    34. I Said the Duck (1:29) : MP3
    35. Doubletalk on Tumbler's Flats (1:17) : MP3
    36. Money Plays (1:11) : MP3
    37. To Stop (0:46) : MP3
    38. Starting with Wall Boy (0:31) : MP3
    39. Cobb (1:18) : MP3
    40. A Moon Obscured by Clowns (0:57) : MP3
    41. No Fun (0:21) : MP3
    42. Scraping By on the Chance to Say Nothing (1:09) : MP3
    43. You See the Yell on That One (0:37) : MP3
    44. Tapioca, or Follow the Dots (1:12) : MP3
    45. Goals of the Ancient Popeye (1:14) : MP3
    46. This Canvas Sea We're Dying In (1:07) : MP3
    47. Plot (0:36) : MP3
    48. Occasion Killer (1:14) : MP3
    49. This Is No Time for Lemonade (2:34) : MP3
    • complete reading (53:52): MP3

    Most of these poems can be found in On the Nameways (The Figures, 2000) or Far Out West (Adventures in Poetry, 2001)

    Reading at UCSC, March 1, 2000

    1. Introduction by Peter Gizzi (4:20): MP3
    2. Coolidge reading (56:20): MP3
    3. Q & A: Serpent Power (5:35): MP3
    4. Q & A: Publishing (0:39): MP3
    5. Q & A: Kerouac (2:51): MP3
    6. Q & A: Spicer (2:27): MP3

    Reading Kerouac with Michael Gizzi, West Stockbridge, MA, studio of Steve Schwartz, 1994

    Reading Kerouac's Old Angel Midnight (45:53): MP3

    Reading as part of The Tenth Muse II, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, March 8, 1993


    Photo © Lawrence Schwartzwald

    Reading at Wednesdays @ 4 Plus, SUNY-Buffalo, November 14, 1990

    1. introduction (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

    Reading selections from Samuel Beckett's prose works and discussing his own writing, Wednesdays @ 4 Plus, SUNY-Buffalo, November 15, 1990

    Reading from Beckett

    1. introduction to Beckett's prose work (5:47): MP3
    2. reading from "On Joyce's Finnegan's Wake" (1:55): MP3
    3. reading from Proust (1:07): MP3
    4. reading from Dream of Fair to Middling Women (2:01): MP3
    5. reading from "Dante and the Lobster" (2:39): MP3
    6. reading from Murphy (2:22): MP3
    7. reading from a letter to Axel Kaun (2:03): MP3
    8. reading from a letter to Thomas MacGreevey (0:32): MP3
    9. reading from Watt (3:27): MP3
    10. reading from an early version of Krapp's Last Tape (0:43): MP3
    11. reading from an interview with Gabriel d'Aubarede (0:08): MP3
    12. reading from "La Peinture des van Veldes" (0:16): MP3
    13. reading from The End (1:09): MP3
    14. reading from Mercier and Camier (1:57): MP3
    15. reading from The Expelled (1:49): MP3
    16. reading from First Love (1:12): MP3
    17. reading from The Calamative (2:40): MP3
    18. reading from Molloy (5:25): MP3
    19. reading from Malone Dies (8:52): MP3
    20. reading from Texts for Nothing (2:42): MP3
    21. reading from Embers (0:10): MP3
    22. reading from How It Is (0:42): MP3
    23. reading from Fizzle No. 4 (2:41): MP3
    24. reading from a conversation with Tom Driver (0:50): MP3
    25. reading from an interview with Lawrence Harvey (1:15): MP3
    26. reading from Enough (0:27): MP3
    27. reading from Imagination Dead Imagine (1:47): MP3
    28. reading from Ping (1:14): MP3
    29. reading from Lessness (0:41): MP3
    30. reading from The Lost Ones (1:17): MP3
    31. reading from Beckett's translation of "Pour Avigdor Arikha" (0:31): MP3
    32. reading from Company (4:27): MP3
    33. reading from Ill Seen Ill Said (4:03): MP3
    34. reading from Worstward Ho (4:29): MP3
    35. reading from a conversation with Charles Juliet (0:40): MP3

    Discussion

    1. on Clark Coolidge's The Crystal Text (2:15): MP3
    2. the relation between Cecil Taylor's music and Clark Coolidge's poetry (7:35): MP3
    3. the resistance of language (3:49): MP3
    4. emphasis of talking about music in Coolidge's work (6:17): MP3
    5. experimenting with and limiting vocabulary (2:56): MP3
    6. "physics of sense and motion" in poetry and words as material (5:14): MP3
    7. collaboration in poetry (5:28): MP3
    8. writers using other writers' words, forgetfulness, and Robert Smithson's notion of dedifferentiation (5:10): MP3
    9. differences between the poet and the literary critic (1:59): MP3
    10. being attacked for doing something different (2:56): MP3
    11. on John Cage (4:18): MP3
    12. attaining ecstatic states through writing and Jack Kerouac (4:53): MP3
    13. jazz and improvisation in relation to public readings and performances (5:27): MP3
    complete recording (2:13:30): MP3

    At The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, 1988

    • Reading on October 12, 1988 Part 1 (45:12): MP3
    • Reading on October 12, 1988 Part 2 (17:30): MP3
    • Reading on October 12, 1988 Full (1:02:50): MP3

    Speaking in Cummington, MA, June 28, 1987

    Introduction by Ed Foster

    complete recording (39:20): MP3

    Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, New York, March 1, 1986

    • complete reading (35:36): MP3

    Reading at the Tyler School of Art April 10, 1985

    1. Fact Piece Near That Ocean (5:43): MP3
    2. Blues for Alice (2:15): MP3 [text]
    3. Days of Time and Twine (3:31): MP3
    4. A Note on the Mess (1:10): MP3
    5. Rome Passage (2:20): MP3
    6. Barely Twombly (2:18): MP3
    7. Ashbery Explains (5:29): MP3
    8. Somehow to Be Able to Say, Dedicated to Michael Palmer (1:24): MP3
    9. Complete Reading (32:25): MP3

    Panel Discussion on Image/ Imaging at the Tyler School of Art April 10, 1985. With Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Michael Palmer, John Yau, and Geoffrey Young

    • Introduction by David Hannah (6:58): MP3
    • Part One (32:50): MP3
    • Part Two (32:35): MP3
    • (Recordings at Tyler courtesy of Rachel Blau DuPlessis)
    1. tenets of Imagism (2:40): MP3
    2. Clark Coolidge on logopeia and the movement of language (4:01): MP3
    3. Rachel Blau DuPlessis on the rejection of "poetic material" and imaging as a site of struggle (3:28): MP3
    4. Michael Palmer on the economy of the poem, the diffusing of Imagism, vorticism and objectification in the body of the poem (11:51): MP3
    5. John Yau on stereotypes of the writer and the structure of images one is allowed to produce (3:45): MP3
    6. on T.S. Eliot and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (4:23): MP3
    7. Rachel Blau DuPlessis on the politics of prosody, the hierarchy of the text and destroying language while using language (3:09): MP3
    8. on the totality of the image (2:55): MP3
    9. on the visual aspect of words on a pagge (6:05): MP3
    10. Michael Palmer on the apparition of visual images in his work (1:40): MP3
    11. John Yau on field verse, the source of images, and cues in language (4:03): MP3
    12. on the source of dreams and the harmony of the work (3:32): MP3
    13. Rachel Blau DuPlessis on being a woman writer, rupturing the images of a culture, and stealing other people's images (5:20): MP3
    14. Rachel Blau DuPlessis on deconstructing socially mandated discourses (3:08): MP3
    15. Michael Palmer on the analytic-lyric (1:02): MP3
    16. Rachel Blau DuPlessis on the place of woman as constructed site and the difference between a feminine and a female poetry (3:46): MP3

    Reading at the Ear Inn, New York. March 31, 1979

    1. "But it say nothing. If one is as quiet to say nothing..." (0:56): MP3
    2. "Is it wicker" (0:28): MP3
    3. "There is a caterpillar that makes a very complicated hammock" (3:37): MP3
    4. "Clift Tore It" (1:26): MP3
    5. "Rhymes With Monk" (3:14): MP3
    6. "Beyond" (0:21): MP3
    7. "My Gaps are Bags" (0:50): MP3
    8. "Losing My Place" (1:58): MP3
    9. "How I Open" (0:16): MP3
    10. "Chalance" (1:08): MP3
    11. "Album — A Runthru" (4:22): MP3
    12. "A Note: I think that I live in a world full of silence..." (0:57): MP3
    13. "Blazing On" (0:58): MP3
    14. "Caveman" (0:46): MP3
    15. "Passenger" (1:58): MP3
    16. "Thronging Sunk" (0:28): MP3
    17. "Two on a Snow Day" (0:50): MP3
    18. "4 a.m." (0:35): MP3
    19. "Floyd's Bean Cans" (1:27): MP3
    20. "Our Nature's Future" (0:49): MP3
    21. "Connie's Scared" (3:20): MP3
    22. "In Postions is the Matter" (0:31): MP3
    23. "At the Poem" (0:51): MP3
    24. Complete Recording (36:05): MP3

    Reading "American Ones" at the Naropa Institute, July 1977

    1. introduction by Michael Brownstein (5:17): MP3
    2. Coolidge introduces the poem (1:15): MP3
    3. American Ones, Part I (13:47): MP3
    4. American Ones, Part II (5:46): MP3
    5. American Ones, Part III (6:25): MP3
    6. American Ones, Part IV (2:37): MP3
    7. American Ones, Part V (9:42): MP3
    8. American Ones, Part VI (6:23): MP3
    9. American Ones, Part VII (7:42): MP3
    10. American Ones, Part VIII (4:39): MP3
    11. American Ones, Part IX (2:56): MP3
    12. American Ones, Part X (6:05): MP3
    • complete reading (1:12:35): MP3
    Polaroid, S -Press Cassette
    • Side A (59:02): MP3
    • Side B (44:59): MP3

    Polaroid: Text published by BIG SKY/Adventures in Poetry in 1976.

    1. Part One (47:08): MP3
    2. Part Two (57:28): MP3

    Recording made by Michael Kohler at the University of Connecticut in Storrs on September 24, 1974. © 1978 by Clark Coolidge and S PRESS TONBANDVERLAG, Dusseldorf-Munchen, W-Germany.

    Reading from Mine: The One That Enters the Stories at UCSD

    1. Introduction (2:13): MP3
    2. Section 3 (7:30): MP3
    3. Section 4 (4:30): MP3
    4. Section 5 (6:54): MP3
    5. Section 6 (10:17): MP3
    6. Section 7 (9:42): MP3
    7. Section 11 (9:50): MP3

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

    1. On Induction of the Hand (2:18): MP3
    2. The Hand Further (0:56): MP3

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