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Robert Creeley



LINEbreak interview and reading with Charles Bernstein (1995)


Hit Singles

  1. Heroes for Love (3:06), from recording Creeley sent to Paul Blackburn, 1963: MP3
  2. I is the Grandson (1:37), 22 October, 1975: MP3
  3. Anger (4:45), 22 October, 1975: MP3
  4. "Buffalo Evening" (7:35), a setting of Creeley's poem by composer David Felder, 2006: MP3
  5. The Long Road (0:48), from the Clemente Series, "Life & Death," mid-1990s: (RealAudio format)
  6. "The Language": University of Arizona, 1963: MP3; Berkeley Poetry Conference, 1965: MP3; S-Press, 1975: MP3; MLA, DC 1984: MP3; Germany, 1986: MP3 (Germany)
  7. Selected Poems, 1945-1975 (ed. Benjamin Friedlander) linked to PennSound recordings
  8. Naropa's Creeley archive

Various readings of "I Know A Man" (text) (text-audio alignment):

  1. Read at San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956 (0:28): MP3
  2. Read At the Vancouver Poetry Conference, August 12, 1963 (1:27): MP3
  3. Read at Harvard University, October 27, 1966 (0:35): MP3
  4. Read in Bolinas, CA, July 1971 (0:26): MP3
  5. Read in Bolinas, CA, c. 1965-1970 (0:25): MP3

Studio Recording at Black Mountain College, c. 1954

Full Reading (9:54): MP3

  1. The Rites (1:03): MP3
  2. The Crisis (0:26): MP3
  3. The Immoral Proposition (0:30): MP3
  4. For W.C.W. (0:18): MP3
  5. The Carnival (0:24): MP3
  6. The Charm (0:33): MP3
  7. The Pedigree (0:22): MP3
  8. The Dishonest Mailman (0:26): MP3
  9. Apple Uppfle (0:32): MP3
  10. The Revelation (0:22): MP3
  11. The Operation (0:29): MP3
  12. For Irving (0:24): MP3
  13. The Dissapointment (0:19): MP3
  14. El Noche (0:14): MP3
  15. The Whip (0:31): MP3
  16. Like They Say (0:18): MP3
  17. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:44): MP3
  18. The Riddle (0:23): MP3
  19. The Ball Game (0:45): MP3
  20. The Innocence (0:28): MP3
  21. Something for Easter (0:20): MP3

At San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956

Full Reading (54:17): MP3

  1. Hart Crane (1:58): MP3
  2. Le Fou (1:30): MP3
  3. A Song ("Ihad wanted a quiet testament") (0:57): MP3
  4. The Crisis (0:26): MP3
  5. For Ranier Gerhadt (1:41): MP3
  6. The Riddle (0:39): MP3
  7. The Rites (1:03): MP3
  8. The Ball Game (1:03): MP3
  9. The Innocence (0:32): MP3
  10. Something for Easter (0:37): MP3
  11. The Grace (10:18): MP3
  12. The Carnival (1:35): MP3
  13. The Charm (0:31): MP3
  14. The Pedigree (0:17): MP3
  15. After Lorca (2:09): MP3
  16. For an Anniversary (0:31): MP3
  17. The Kind of Act of (1:03): MP3
  18. The Dishonest Mailman (0:38): MP3
  19. The Crow (0:48): MP3
  20. For Martin (0:28): MP3
  21. The Immoral Proposition (1:46): MP3
  22. The Changes (0:31): MP3
  23. For Irving (0:37): MP3
  24. I Know a Man (0:25): MP3
  25. The End (0:27): MP3
  26. Death of Venus (0:38): MP3
  27. The Lover (0:28): MP3
  28. Wait for Me (0:38): MP3
  29. For Somebody's Marriage (0:26): MP3
  30. The Business (0:23): MP3
  31. The Dissapointment (0:20): MP3
  32. The Warning (0:16): The Warning (0:16)
  33. A Form of Adaptation (0:41): MP3
  34. Song ("Were I myself more blithe") (0:38): MP3
  35. Stomping with Catallus (1:20): MP3
  36. The Apology (0:11): MP3
  37. Like They Say (0:19): MP3
  38. The Whip (0:35): MP3
  39. All That is Lovely in Men (0:24): MP3
  40. A Dedication (1:18): MP3
  41. A Day at the Beach (0:41): MP3
  42. The Prejudice (0:23): MP3
  43. Naughty Waters (published as Naughty Boy") MP3
  44. "To work is to contradict contradictions, to do violence to natural violence..." (0:59): MP3
  45. The Commentary (0:37): MP3
  46. Old Song (0:23): MP3
  47. A Wicker Basket (1:13): MP3
  48. For David (0:27): MP3
  49. Lover's Leap (0:27): MP3
  50. Hold It (0:34): MP3
  51. Goodbye (0:28): MP3
  52. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:29): MP3
  53. Air ("Cat Bird Singing") (0:41): MP3
  54. If You (0:46): MP3
  55. For Anne (0:24): MP3
  56. A Marriage (0:21): MP3
  57. Song ("God give you pardon from gratitude") (0:14): MP3
  58. For the New Year (0:40): MP3
  59. And (0:48): MP3

At the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, July 16, 1959

Full Reading (1:00:29): MP3

  1. Hart Crane (1:30): MP3
  2. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:44): MP3
  3. Le Fou (0:28): MP3
  4. The Crisis (0:29): MP3
  5. The Riddle (0:24): MP3
  6. The Innocence (0:29): MP3
  7. The Immoral Proposition (0:29): MP3
  8. The Operation (0:26): MP3
  9. I Know a Man (0:22): MP3
  10. The Lover (0:41): MP3
  11. A Warning (1:00): MP3
  12. Song ("Were I myself more blithe") (0:36): MP3
  13. The Whip (0:34): MP3
  14. All that is Lovely in Men (0:18): MP3
  15. Please (0:51): MP3
  16. If You (0:44): MP3
  17. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:14): MP3
  18. The Tunnel (0:26): MP3
  19. Just Friends (0:31): MP3
  20. The Friend (0:36): MP3
  21. The Invoice (0:24): MP3
  22. They Say (0:19): MP3
  23. Juggler's Thought (0:23): MP3
  24. The Wind (1:11): MP3
  25. Saturday Afternoon (0:27): MP3
  26. The Interview (0:29): MP3
  27. Je vois dans hasard tous les biens que j'espère (0:26): MP3
  28. Entre Nous (0:16): MP3
  29. The Three Ladies (0:59): MP3
  30. New Years 1958 (1:02): MP3
  31. The Hill (0:39): MP3
  32. A Gift of Great Value (0:39): MP3
  33. My Love (0:29): MP3
  34. The Names (0:22): MP3
  35. Going to Bed (0:52): MP3
  36. The Door (3:19): MP3
  37. The Snow (0:43): MP3
  38. The Awakening (1:24): MP3
  39. The End (0:22): MP3
  40. For Irving (0:23): MP3
  41. For a Friend (0:23): MP3
  42. Like They Say (0:18): MP3
  43. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche." (0:21): MP3
  44. The Total Parts of a World (0:23): MP3
  45. The Death of Venus (0:32): MP3
  46. The Ball Game (0:46): MP3
  47. The Carnival (0:26): MP3
  48. The Rites (1:07): MP3
  49. The Rhyme (0:21): MP3
  50. The Charm (0:33): MP3
  51. After Lorca (0:25): MP3
  52. The Kind of Act of (0:48): MP3
  53. Chanson (0:24): MP3
  54. For W.C.W. (0:19): MP3

Big Table Magazine Reading at The Second City, Chicago, May 15, 1961

  1. Introduction by Paul Carroll (1:56): MP3
  2. Hart Crane (2:51): MP3
  3. Le Fou (1:05): MP3
  4. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (0:47): MP3
  5. The Crisis (0:39): MP3
  6. The Riddle (1:18): MP3
  7. The Rhyme (0:24): MP3
  8. The Innocence (0:40): MP3
  9. The Ball Game (0:52): MP3
  10. The Carnival (0:29): MP3
  11. The Charm (0:39): MP3
  12. After Lorca (1:51): MP3
  13. The Dishonest Mailman (0:53): MP3
  14. The Immoral Proposition (0:31): MP3
  15. For W.C.W. (1:10): MP3
  16. Apple Uppfle (0:36): MP3
  17. The Operation (0:28): MP3
  18. Chanson (0:35): MP3
  19. Don't Sign Anything (0:25): MP3
  20. The Conspiracy (0:32): MP3
  21. The End (0:25): MP3
  22. The Business (0:30): MP3
  23. The Warning (0:23): MP3
  24. A Form of Adaptation (0:50): MP3
  25. Like They Say (0:25): MP3
  26. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:54): MP3
  27. The Whip (0:40): MP3
  28. Juggler's Thought (0:30): MP3
  29. A Form of Women (1:32): MP3
  30. They Say (0:24): MP3
  31. The Friend (0:47): MP3
  32. Please (0:51): MP3
  33. The Three Ladies (1:07): MP3
  34. Oh No (0:36): MP3
  35. Crowd (1:29): MP3
  36. Goodbye (0:47): MP3
  37. A Wicker Basket (1:35): MP3
  38. The Bed (0:34): MP3
  39. Just Friends (0:46): MP3
  40. The Way (0:38): MP3
  41. A Marriage (0:33): MP3
  42. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:42): MP3
  43. She Went to Stay (0:24): MP3
  44. If You (0:54): MP3
  45. The Tunnel (0:35): MP3
  46. The Names (0:29): MP3
  47. A Gift of Great Value (0:49): MP3
  48. The Invoice (0:32): MP3
  49. Naughty Waters (published as Naughty Boy") (0:40): MP3>
  50. Song ("God give you pardon from gratitude") (0:20): MP3>
  51. Entre Nous (0:17): MP3>
  52. Sing Song (0:35): MP3>
  53. The Place (1:03): MP3>
  54. The Souvenir (0:16): MP3>
  55. The Menu (0:21): The Menu (0:21)
  56. For the New Year (0:48): MP3>

Reading in the Recording Laboratory at the Library of Congress, June 1, 1961

"Mr. Creeley reads sixteen poems from his collection, "The Whip"; five poems from his collection, "A Form of Women"; and nine poems from his collection,"For Love"." - Library of Congress Catalog

Full Reading (54:32): MP3

  1. Introduction (14:33): MP3
  2. A Song (0:50): MP3
  3. The Crisis (0:33): MP3
  4. The Riddle (0:29): MP3
  5. The Rhyme (0:23): MP3
  6. The Innocence (0:34): MP3
  7. The Ball Game (0:52): MP3
  8. The Carnival (0:31): MP3
  9. The Charm (0:39): MP3
  10. The Dishonest Mailman (0:32): MP3
  11. The Immoral Proposition (0:32): MP3
  12. The Operation (0:31): MP3
  13. Chanson (0:34): MP3
  14. The Conspiracy (0:27): MP3
  15. I Know a Man (0:27): MP3
  16. The Warning (0:23): MP3
  17. The Whip (0:42): MP3
  18. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:41): MP3
  19. If You (0:52): MP3
  20. The Tunnel (0:30): MP3
  21. The Door (3:38): MP3
  22. The Hill (1:06): MP3
  23. For Love (2:29): MP3
  24. Fire (0:36): MP3
  25. The Name (1:18): MP3
  26. The Sign Board (1:18): MP3
  27. The Awakening (1:34): MP3
  28. Kore (0:47): MP3
  29. The Rain (0:56): MP3
  30. The Woman (0:39): MP3
  31. The Rescue (0:48): MP3

Recording courtesy of Library of Congress


At the Vancouver Poetry Conference, August 12, 1963

Full Reading (13:57): MP3

Due to a power outage, only the first 14 minutes of the reading were recorded.

  1. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (1:40): MP3
  2. The Innocence (0:33): MP3
  3. The Ball Game (1:04): MP3
  4. The Carnival (0:28): MP3
  5. After Lorca (0:41): MP3
  6. The Crow (0:29): MP3
  7. The Immoral Proposition (0:35): MP3
  8. The Operation (0:43): MP3
  9. I Know a Man (1:27): MP3
  10. The Lover (0:35): MP3
  11. Wait for Me (1:17): MP3
  12. The Warning (0:20): MP3
  13. A Form of Adaptation (0:51): MP3
  14. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:31): MP3
  15. The Whip (0:15): MP3
  16. All That is Lovely in Men (0:25): MP3
  17. Juggler's Thought (0:32): MP3
  18. A Form of Women (1:07): MP3

These recordings were originally made available to the Slought Foundation by Fred Wah. PennSound publication made with thanks to Slought and with the permission of Fred Wah and the Creeley Estate.


At the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, December 4, 1963

Full Reading (44:06): MP3

  1. Archive Introduction (0:14): MP3
  2. Hart Crane (3:47): MP3
  3. Le Fou (0:55): MP3
  4. The Crisis (1:57): MP3
  5. The Immoral Proposition (1:33): MP3
  6. I Know a Man (2:49): MP3
  7. Wait for Me (2:03): MP3
  8. The Whip (1:11): MP3
  9. New Years (2:53): MP3
  10. The Door (4:11): MP3
  11. Kore (2:09): MP3
  12. The Name (1:13): MP3
  13. Fire (2:40): MP3
  14. For Love (3:34): MP3
  15. The Language (1:49): MP3
  16. There Is (0:52): MP3
  17. The Book (9:56): MP3

Recording courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.


At the Berkeley Poetry Conference "A Sense of Measure", 1965

July 22

Part One Full Reading (46:16): MP3

  1. Introduction (3:23): MP3
  2. The Rhythm (1:58): MP3
  3. The Rocks (1:40): MP3
  4. Water (1:07): MP3
  5. The Mountians in the Desert (0:33): MP3
  6. Water (1:07): MP3
  7. Waiting (0:46): MP3
  8. The Invitation (0:47): MP3
  9. For William Carlos Williams (0:37): MP3
  10. Song (0:37): MP3
  11. The Fire (0:38): MP3
  12. For No Clear Reason (0:29): MP3
  13. The Messengers (For Allen Ginsberg) (0:50): MP3
  14. I (1:19): MP3
  15. Something (1:08): MP3
  16. Walking (0:40): MP3
  17. The Language (1:07): MP3
  18. The Window (0:47): MP3
  19. The Chance (2:39): MP3
  20. Hellow (0:18): MP3

Part Two Full Reading (33:41): MP3

July 23

Part One Full Reading (1:01:29): MP3

Part Two Full Reading (23:17): MP3


Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, October 24, 1966

with John Wieners

Complete Reading (28:26): MP3

  1. Introduction by Ed Sanders (3:00): MP3
  2. Some Place (1:34): MP3
  3. Song ("I wouldn't") (0:55): MP3
  4. Song ("What do you") (0:28): MP3
  5. For Helen (0:45): MP3
  6. A Night Sky (0:32): MP3
  7. The Answer (1:08:40): MP3
  8. Dimensions (1:08): MP3
  9. A Place (0:39): MP3
  10. Some Echoes (0:20): MP3
  11. Fancy (0:33): MP3
  12. The World (1:29): MP3
  13. Going (0:23): MP3
  14. The City (0:42): MP3
  15. Words (0:43): MP3
  16. A Reason (0:55): MP3
  17. The Shame (0:28): MP3
  18. The Statue (0:51): MP3
  19. The Window ("There will be no simple") (0:54): MP3
  20. To Bobbie (1:10): MP3
  21. They (0:41): MP3
  22. A Method (0:50): MP3
  23. A Sight (2:11): MP3
  24. Pieces (0:19): MP3
  25. The Circle ("Houses in") (0:36): MP3
  26. The Hole (1:34): MP3
  27. The Flower ("Remember the way you") (0:26): MP3
  28. Water ("Water drips") (1:02): MP3
  29. Intervals (1:03): MP3
  30. For Joel (1:45): MP3

Enhanced audio recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley


At the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, October 24, 1966

Full Reading (23:20): MP3; RM file

  1. Introduction by Ed Sanders (2:37): MP3
  2. Some Place (0:47): MP3
  3. Song ("I wouldn't") (0:28): MP3
  4. Song ("What do you") (0:23): MP3
  5. For Helen (0:32): MP3
  6. A Night Sky (0:26): MP3
  7. The Answer (0:25): MP3
  8. Dimensions (0:57): MP3
  9. A Place (0:29): MP3
  10. Some Echoes (0:18): MP3
  11. Fancy (0:30): MP3
  12. The World (1:22): MP3
  13. Going (0:18): MP3
  14. The City (0:36): MP3
  15. Words (0:38): MP3
  16. A Reason (0:50): MP3
  17. The Shame (0:22): MP3
  18. The Statue (0:43): MP3
  19. The Window (0:47): MP3
  20. To Bobbie (1:03): MP3
  21. They (0:34): MP3
  22. A Method (0:42): MP3
  23. A Sight (2:01): MP3
  24. Pieces (0:14): MP3
  25. The Circle (0:29): MP3
  26. The Hole (2:02): MP3
  27. Intervals (0:38): MP3
  28. For Joel (1:20): MP3

On Olson, in Albuquerque, recorded 1966.

Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss

  • Full Reading (1:08:40): MP3

Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, October 3, 1966

Full Reading (53:10): MP3

  1. Introduction (2:11): MP3
  2. The Rain (1:12): MP3
  3. Kore (0:57): MP3
  4. The Plan (1:03): MP3
  5. The Man (0:46): MP3
  6. A Wish (0:39): MP3
  7. The Name (1:29): MP3
  8. The First Time (1:45): MP3
  9. The Rose (1:35): MP3
  10. Love Comes Quietly (0:35): MP3
  11. The People (0:44): MP3
  12. Fire (0:37): MP3
  13. For Friendship (0:22): MP3
  14. The Gesture (1:36): MP3
  15. For Love (8:21): MP3
  16. Dimensions (1:04): MP3
  17. Distance (3:17): MP3
  18. Some Place (0:57): MP3
  19. Song ("What do you") (0:27): MP3
  20. The Box (0:39): MP3
  21. A Piece (1:14): MP3
  22. A Prayer (0:24): MP3
  23. Here ("What/has happened") (0:36): MP3
  24. One Way (1:57): MP3
  25. Anger (4:29): MP3
  26. A Sight (4:29): MP3
  27. The Woman (2:11): MP3
  28. From the Dream (0:53): MP3
  29. Fragments (0:43): MP3
  30. Oh My Love (0:34): MP3
  31. A Tally (1:31): MP3
  32. A Birthday (1:14): MP3
  33. Intervals (0:57): MP3
  34. The Hole (1:44): MP3

These recordings were originally made available to the Slought Foundation by Fred Wah. PennSound publication made with thanks to Slought and with the permission of Fred Wah andthe Creeley Estate.


At Harvard University, October 27, 1966

courtesy Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard.

  1. Introduction (2:20): MP3
  2. Le Fou (0:34): MP3
  3. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (2:36): MP3
  4. The Crisis (0:35): MP3
  5. The Riddle (0:33): MP3
  6. The Rhyme (0:27): MP3
  7. The Innocence (0:39): MP3
  8. The Ball Game (1:00): MP3
  9. The Carnival (0:34): MP3
  10. After Lorca (0:46): After Lorca (0:46)
  11. The Dishonest Mailmen (1:15): MP3
  12. The Immoral Proposition (0:36): MP3
  13. For W.C.W. (0:29): MP3
  14. Chanson (0:34): MP3
  15. Don't Sign Anything (0:34): MP3
  16. The Conspiracy (2:39): MP3
  17. The End (0:29): MP3
  18. I Know a Man (0:35): MP3 [text-audio alignment]
  19. A Counterpoint (1:33): MP3
  20. The Warning (0:31): MP3
  21. The Whip (0:49): MP3
  22. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:20): MP3
  23. Juggler's Thought (0:32): MP3
  24. A Form of Women (1:34): MP3
  25. They Say (0:25): MP3
  26. The Friend (0:50): MP3
  27. The Three Ladies (1:11): MP3
  28. Oh No (0:30): MP3
  29. Goodbye (0:42): MP3
  30. If You (0:58): MP3
  31. The Tunnel (0:38): MP3
  32. The Names (0:29): MP3
  33. A Gift of Great Value (0:52): MP3
  34. Somewhere (0:38): MP3
  35. New Years (1:24): MP3
  36. Entre Nous (0:27): MP3
  37. Sing Song (0:41): MP3
  38. The Place (2:08): MP3
  39. The Souvenir (0:24): MP3
  40. The Door (3:48): MP3
  41. Kore (0:59): MP3
  42. The Name (1:27): MP3
  43. For Love (2:42): MP3
  44. The Woman (2:34): MP3
  45. The Window (0:57): MP3
  46. To Bobbie (1:40): MP3

From Today's Poets: Their Poems, Their Voices. Volume 3, 1967/1968

Full Reading (5:18): MP3

  1. Oh No (0:31): MP3
  2. A Tally (1:33): MP3
  3. Words (0:47): MP3
  4. The Invoice (0:34): MP3
  5. The Cracks (0:55): MP3
  6. A Reason (0:55): MP3

Robert & Bobbie Creeley: Placitas phone log, 1968

Full Recording (109:38): MP3

00:00 Kate & Lorraine for Sarah; slumber party
02:15 Bobbie Louise Hawkins [Bobbi Creeley]: Cleaning a jacket
03:02 Bobbie to Peter Spackman, Cultural Affairs (NY) publisher
09:54 A phone bill on hold
11:10 Bobbie to John, includes reading Robert's letter to the editor of Albuquerque Tribune on being "beard" profiled
22:49 What's your address?
24:29 Girl Scout pledge
25:55 Bill Katz to Bobbie and Robert ... on publication of Numbers, with Robert Indiana (Stuttgart, Germany: Edition Domberger)
47:51 A trip to Minneapolis
50:04-end: Elsa (Ellie) Dorfman

Thanks to Bobbie Hawkins, Bill Katz, Elsa Dorfman, and Penelope Creeley for permission to make this available on PennSound. Ed. Ch. Bernstein.


Response to Martin Duberman's interview questions on Black Mountain, from the late 1960's

Full Reading (1:02:07): MP3

Courtesty Jeff Davis. Recording from North Carolina Division of Archives and History.


Talk and Reading on "Contemporary American Poets," recorded in Bolinas in 1970

Full Reading (28:02): MP3

This recording is from the collection of Robert Creeley


Reading in Bolinas, CA, July, 1971

  1. The Messengers (0:53): MP3
  2. I Know a Man (0:26): MP3

From The Dial-a-Poem Poets (1972)

The Dial-a-Poem Poets at UbuWeb


Listen, 1972

Radio play by Robert Creeley, performed by Robert and Bobbie Creeley.

Listen (23:09): MP3

Listen was first published in 1972 by Black Sparrow Press, in an edition containing monoprints by Bobbie Creeley. The recording above was released on cassette by Black Sparrow in the same year. The play was first broadcast by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, West Germany, on December 1, 1971 in a translation by Klaus Reichert.

The quotation beginning at 15:56 and ending 16:48 ("Now if you are sitting opposite me . . .") is from The Divided Self by R.D. Laing, Penguin, London 1965, p. 21.
The quotation beginning at 17:09 and ending at 17:19 ("The I . . .") is from Notebooks 1914-1916 by Ludwig Wittgenstein, translated by Anscombe, Harper Torchbook, New York, 1969, p. 80.

Kyle Schlesinger on Listen: Meaning: I Hear You


Creeley reading from his home in Bolinas, CA (c. 1965-70; more likely 1972)

[We are still working on identifying the date of cuts 1-6. Send corrections/additions to us at PennSound__@__writing.upenn.edu]

  1. On traveling and coming to terms with his poetic career (2:24): MP3
  2. Return (0:28): MP3
  3. The Charm (2:13): MP3
  4. Speaking briefly on For Love (0:38): MP3
  5. Creeley reads "A Form of Women," from For Love, and discusses his inspirations (2:55): MP3
  6. Song ("Those rivers run from that land") (1:32): MP3
  7. Correction from Lisa Hollenbach: The recordings of "Heroes" through "The Name" were originally made for a birthday compilation tape Paul Blackburn made for Ezra Pound in honor of his 78th birthday in 1963. The tape was recorded not in New Mexico. Creeley begins the original tape (at UCSD) with a dedication to Pound--"For Ezra Pound, who's very very good to me, from Robert Creeley"--and reads these 10 poems.

  8. Heroes (0:48): MP3
  9. The House (0:25): MP3
  10. The People (0:27): MP3
  11. For Love (2:05): MP3
  12. The Whip (0:35): MP3
  13. I Know a Man (0:25): MP3
  14. La Noche *Creeley called this poem "La Noche" here but later changed it to "El Noche" (0:12): MP3
  15. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:31): MP3
  16. The Hill (0:39): MP3
  17. The Name (1:13): MP3


In Discussion with Joanne Kyger and Greg Hewlett, June 19, 1972 (Location Unknown)

Full Discussion (1:23:59): MP3

  1. Performing Poetry (14:03): MP3
  2. The Mediums of Print and Tape (3:38): MP3
  3. Space, Linearity, and Puns in Poetry (7:32): MP3
  4. Gertrude Stein's Influence (4:38): MP3
  5. Stories (6:16): MP3
  6. The Format of Poetry Readings (7:50): MP3
  7. Voice (10:48): MP3
  8. Bookmaking (3:33): MP3
  9. Accessibility (1:48): MP3
  10. Listening to Recordings of Music versus Poetry (2:01): MP3
  11. Intention in Poetry (7:32): MP3
  12. Being Attentive to the Page and the Act of Writing (9:04): MP3
  13. Keats and Neurological Change, Olson and Stabilized Schizophrenia (5:11): MP3


At Goddard College, May 18, 1973

Edited by Seth Forrest

Full Reading (1:27:24): MP3, RealAudio

  1. Introductions (2:05): MP3
  2. The Plan is the Body (from Away) (4:30): MP3
  3. Spring (from Backwards) (1:21): MP3
  4. But You (from Backwards) (0:30): MP3
  5. Oh Mabel (from Backwards) (0:16): MP3
  6. Dear Dorothy (from Away) (6:05): MP3
  7. Flesh (from Backwards) (1:13): MP3
  8. Home Again (Unpublished?) (0:16): MP3
  9. Joking with audience (0:57): MP3
  10. Away (from Away) (4:44): MP3
  11. Faces (for Joe Brainard) (0:58): MP3
  12. Berlin: First Night & Early Morning (from Away) (2:32): MP3
  13. Places (Uncollected, from The Collected Poems) (3:37): MP3
  14. As We Sit (from Thirty Things) (3:39): MP3
  15. Every Day (from Away) (1:10): MP3
  16. Unknown Short Story (8:16): MP3
  17. Unknown Short Story (5:25): MP3
  18. Presences: a Text for Marisol (8:02): MP3
  19. As Real as Thinking (from Pieces) (3:31): MP3
  20. Flowers (from Pieces) (2:51): MP3
  21. The Family (from Pieces) (0:32): MP3
  22. Kate’s (from Pieces) (0:09): MP3
  23. For You (from Pieces) (0:17): MP3
  24. Remarks on Gregory Corso (5:27): MP3
  25. A Step (from Pieces) (0:58): MP3
  26. Having To (from Pieces) (0:51): MP3
  27. The Car (from Pieces) (1:32): MP3
  28. Pieces of Cake (from Pieces) (0:31): MP3
  29. The Finger (from Pieces) (9:04): MP3
  30. One Thing (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:10): MP3
  31. I Cannot See You (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:12): MP3
  32. Gemini (from Pieces) (1:06): MP3
  33. In Secret (from Pieces) (0:26): MP3
  34. Time is some sort of hindsight (from Pieces) (0:33): MP3
  35. Follow the Drinking Gourd . . . (from Pieces) (2:58) MP3


The Door: Selected Poems, 1975

Full Reading (42:14): MP3

  1. The Return (partial) (0:22): MP3
  2. Sanine to Leda (0:45): MP3
  3. An Obscene Poem (0:37): MP3
  4. Broken Back Blues (1:07): MP3
  5. For Somebody's Marriage (0:32): MP3
  6. Le Fou (0:44): MP3
  7. The Crisis (0:36): MP3
  8. For Rainer Gerhardt (1:06): MP3
  9. The Immoral Proposition (0:38): MP3
  10. I Know a Man (0:33): MP3
  11. The Business (0:36): MP3
  12. The Warning (0:23): MP3
  13. The Whip (0:49): MP3
  14. A Wicker Basket (1:31): MP3
  15. The Door (4:11): MP3
  16. A Token (0:19): MP3
  17. The Gift (0:39): MP3
  18. The Name (1:24): MP3
  19. Love Comes Quietly (0:23): MP3
  20. The Rocks (0:48): MP3
  21. I is the Grandson (1:37): MP3
  22. The Language (0:40): MP3
  23. The Measure (0:26): MP3
  24. The Woman (2:12): MP3
  25. Distance (3:01): MP3
  26. Some Place (0:57): MP3
  27. Going (0:22): MP3
  28. The Hole (1:36): MP3
  29. Intervals (0:42): MP3
  30. Numbers (4:52): MP3
  31. Looking for a Way (0:19): MP3
  32. Persons (0:50): MP3
  33. The Act of Love (1:51): MP3
  34. Time (1:02): MP3
  35. Massachusetts (1:17): MP3
  36. For Benny and Sabina (0:51): MP3
  37. Smoke (0:53): MP3
  38. For the Graduation: Bolinas School, June 11, 1971 (0:44): MP3

Original released on cassette by S Press, Dusseldorf/München, Germany.



Reading of Just Buffalo, December 1, 1978

Full Reading (35:43): MP3

  1. From "Presences" (15:09): MP3
  2. Think of the Good Times (incomplete) (4:01): MP3
  3. Paterson (incomplete) (3:02): MP3
  4. Arroyo (0:52): MP3
  5. This Day (1:36): MP3
  6. The Last Mile (1:47): MP3
  7. If I Had My Way (2:32): MP3

PennSound only link to Full Reading with Denise Levertov: MP3



Concerned Citizens for Cerritos Benefit Reading, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 6, 1979
Reading with
Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Nanao Sakaki

Full Reading (2:12:13): MP3

  1. The Rhythm (1:16): MP3
  2. For No Clear Reason (0:55): MP3
  3. The Messengers (1:24): MP3
  4. Desultory Days (4:23): MP3
  5. The Fact (4:49): MP3


Larry Bell, Talk at TAOS/NM, May 28, 1980

Full Reading (45:57): MP3

  1. On friends (7:46): MP3
  2. On difficult times (6:53): MP3
  3. On writing company (4:26): MP3
  4. On stability (7:58): MP3
  5. On relationships, Wells and Shelley (18:52): MP3

This recording is part of the collection Robert Creeley



Reading at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1981

Full Reading (1:01:31): MP3

  1. Pre-Reading Conversation (11:25): MP3
  2. Introduction (3:34): MP3
  3. Creeley describes his first reading in Buffalo (2:32): MP3
  4. The Immoral Proposition (0:39): MP3
  5. The Operation (1:13): MP3
  6. Chanson (0:44): MP3
  7. The Conspiracy (0:30): MP3
  8. I Know a Man (0:34): MP3
  9. The Lover (0:43): MP3
  10. A Form of Women (2:04): MP3
  11. The Name (3:06): MP3
  12. The People (1:13): MP3
  13. I is the Grandson (3:39): MP3
  14. The Teachings (5:06): MP3
  15. The Moon (1:27): MP3
  16. from Numbers (9:01): MP3
  17. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:58): MP3

Talk/Discussion Before and After Seeing Stan Brakhage's film "The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes," April 9, 1982

Full Reading (1:26:54): MP3

This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.


Reading in Berlin, November 6, 1983

Full Reading (49:10): MP3
Note: German translation by Klaus Reichert, read until 20:39, then Creeley reads

This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection.


Appearing with John Ashbery in "Attitudes Towards the Flame," part of "The Territory of Art" radio series, produced and © by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1983
written by Julia Brown, produced by Ara Guzelimian

Full Reading (28:40): MP3
Robert Creeley's portion of the recording (9:47): MP3

  1. Program Introduction (1:19): MP3
  2. Introduction of Robert Creeley (1:16): MP3
  3. Experiences of Despair and the Transformation that Occurs in Writing (1:13): MP3
  4. Mother's Voice (0:51): MP3
  5. Didactic Meter and Finding a Rhythm more Particular to Modes of Feeling (1:04): MP3
  6. The Measure of Time in Jazz (0:55): MP3
  7. Retrospect (0:23): MP3
  8. Knowing When a Poem is Done (1:18): MP3
  9. The Edge (1:27): MP3
  10. The Different Listening Experiences of Musicians and Formally Trained Critics (0:40): MP3
  11. Still Dancers (0:35): MP3


Reading at the San Francisco Zen Center, 1983

Full Reading (30:59): MP3

  1. Myself (1:36): MP3
  2. This World (1:10): MP3
  3. The House (2:35): MP3
  4. News of the World (2:54): MP3
  5. The Table (1:37): MP3
  6. Four Years Later (1:04): MP3
  7. Heaven (0:35): MP3
  8. Desultory Days (5:58): MP3
  9. Arroyo (1:15): MP3
  10. If I Had My Way (2:25): MP3
  11. Prayer to Hermes (3:08): MP3
  12. The Edge (1:57): MP3
  13. Time (2:06): MP3
  14. Rachel Had Said (2:34): MP3


At Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, July 1984

Full Reading (1:11:25): MP3

  1. Introduction by Reed Bye (1:59): MP3
  2. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:16): MP3
  3. Myself (1:07): MP3
  4. This World (1:22): MP3
  5. Barcelona: February 13, 1977 (0:46): MP3
  6. Echoes (incomplete) (2:20): MP3
  7. Blues (2:20): MP3
  8. The Edge (1:18): MP3
  9. Time (2:05): MP3
  10. Hotel Schrieder Heidelberg (1:56): MP3
  11. Ich Bin... (0:28): MP3
  12. Aprés Anders (6:01): MP3
  13. The Missing Link (0:57): MP3
  14. Shot (0:48): MP3
  15. The Old Days (0:17): MP3
  16. Lazy (0:11): MP3
  17. Paper (0:09): MP3
  18. Picture (0:33): MP3
  19. The View (0:42): MP3
  20. Mush (0:16): MP3
  21. Number (1:57): MP3
  22. La Cabeza (6:05): MP3
  23. Thanks (2:49): MP3
  24. Erotica (2:11): MP3
  25. from Presences: A Text for Marisol (13:27): MP3
  26. Anger (6:10): MP3


MLA Reading, Washington, D.C., 1984

Full Reading (62:30): MP3

  1. Introduction by Diane Wakoski (3:15): MP3
  2. Creeley's Thanks and Preface (1:41): MP3
  3. The Language (0:33): MP3
  4. Don't Sign Anything (1:01): MP3
  5. I Know a Man (1:24): MP3
  6. A Form of Women (1:34): MP3
  7. For Love (4:11): MP3
  8. Sitting Here (3:09): MP3
  9. Thee (0:58): MP3
  10. Situation Of (0:21): MP3
  11. Again (0:26): MP3
  12. The Which (0:48): MP3
  13. Ice Cream (0:46): MP3
  14. What (1:12): MP3
  15. The News (0:28): MP3
  16. Smell of Gum Wrappers (1:14): MP3
  17. Where We Are (2:41): MP3
  18. Voices from the Silence (4:03): MP3
  19. The Creative (7:22): MP3
  20. For My Mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, April 8, 1887 - October 7, 1972 (3:08): MP3
  21. Cebu (5:37): MP3
  22. So There (4:03): MP3
  23. This World (1:24): MP3
  24. Later pt. 6 ("Hey, Spot!"): (1:16): MP3
  25. Later pt. 8 (1:02): MP3
  26. Desultory Days (3:35): MP3
  27. Mother's Voice (1:20): MP3
  28. Bresson's Movies (2:33): MP3
  29. Post-reading remarks with Charlies Bernstein and others (1:08): MP3


Creeley Interview, 1984 (34:47): (.ram file)

Courtesy of Wired for Books



Visiting the New College, September 20-25, 1985

Recordings courtesy of David Levi Strauss
Three lectures introduced by Aaron Shurin. Reading introduction by Duncan McNaughton

September 20, 1985

Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part I (1:35:46): MP3

  1. Challening the Image of Emily Dickinson as Eccentric, Reactive, and Fragile (11:06): MP3
  2. On the Comings and Goings of the Amherst Town and Church, Her Secondary School Education, and Her Daily Interactions (10:39): MP3
  3. On Her Family Life (3:34): MP3
  4. Reading from Emily Dickinson's Letters (8:28): MP3
  5. On the Patterns of her Friends and Family (13:47): MP3
  6. Reading from Emily Dickinson's Letters (3:19): MP3
  7. On Her Productivity During 1862 (2:39): MP3
  8. On Williams and Dickinson, and Not Providing Explanations (4:55): MP3
  9. Death and the Civil War in Relation to her Poetry (10:57): MP3
  10. Reading "Success is counted sweetest" (0:32): MP3
  11. Reading "Ambition cannot find him" (0:17): MP3
  12. Her Influences and Reading Interests (8:05): MP3
  13. Dilemmas of the Anthology Presentation, Rhythmic Shifts, Metric Variations, and Her Use of the Dash (3:23): MP3
  14. On the Notions of Place and Home (14:47): MP3
September 23, 1985

Full Poetry Reading (53:56): MP3
Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part II (1:35:58): MP3

September 25, 1985

Complete Lecture on Emily Dickinson, Part III (1:56:13): MP3



Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 1986
with Gwendolyn Brooks

Introduction by poet D.H. Melhem

Full Reading (32:41): MP3

Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley



Reading at the Naropa Institute, July 5, 1986
with
Ed Dorn

Full Reading (25:07): MP3



Bilingual Reading in Germany with Klaus Reichert, September 1986

Full Reading (39:50): MP3

  1. Chanson (1:22): MP3
  2. The Conspiracy (0:53): MP3
  3. The Dissapointment (0:45): MP3
  4. A Form of Women (2:47): MP3
  5. A Gift of Great Value (1:24): MP3
  6. Kore (1:26): MP3
  7. The Lady in Black (0:50): MP3
  8. The Gift (1:11): MP3
  9. For Love (4:26): MP3
  10. The Language (1:15): MP3
  11. Song (1:00): MP3
  12. The Hole (3:05): MP3
  13. Enough (7:12): MP3
  14. After (1:12): MP3
  15. Love (0:56): MP3
  16. Erotica (2:25): MP3
  17. The Edge (2:40): MP3
  18. Oh LOve (0:52): MP3
  19. If Happiness (0:54): MP3
  20. Waiting (0:27): MP3
  21. Song (1:11): MP3
  22. Self Portrait (1:37): MP3


Reading for the Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series, April 13, 1988



At the University of Helsinki, February 14, 1989

Part 1, Full Reading (43:49): MP3
Part 2, Full Reading (27:00): MP3



"New Letters on the Air" Reading and Interview, April 1988

Full Reading (29:41): MP3



Poets and Painters, Part 2, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, 1990
with Robert Creeley, Eric Fischl, Jorie Graham, Brice Marden, and Arthur Danto

Full Reading (1:06:54): MP3



Charles Bernstein's graduate Seminar at SUNY-Buffalo, September 13, 1990

Part 1, Full Reading (1:23:52): MP3
Part 2, Full Reading (57:28): MP3

  1. Olson's Open Field, the Act of Creation, and the Body (4:50): MP3
  2. Olson and Williams' Experience of Woman (6:12): MP3
  3. The Lack of Company in Williams (2:57): MP3
  4. Beginning with One Thing in Mind and Ending with Another (6:06): MP3
  5. Creeley's Own Interest in Poetry and Fighting for New Ways of Reading and Writing (4:07): MP3
  6. The Beat Generation (4:25): MP3
  7. Allen Ginsberg and Rhythm (8:19): MP3
  8. Discussing Larry Eigner's "Country/Harbor/Quiet/Act/Around" (6:13): MP3
  9. The Spatial and Typographical in Eigner's Writing (4:55): MP3
  10. The Relation of Writing to the Body (6:50): MP3
  11. The Physicality of Articulation (2:08): MP3
  12. Turning Physical Disability into a Resource (8:53): MP3
  13. The Relationship of Speech to the Conditions of Poetry (2:46): MP3
  14. The Peripheral and the Central (3:00): MP3
  15. Writing on Paper, the Typewriter, and the Computer (11:48): MP3
  16. On Place (19:34): MP3
  17. Discussing the Poem "I" (17:58): MP3
  18. Reading "Something" (1:24): MP3
  19. Connection to the "I" in the Poems "I" and "Something" (1:21): MP3
  20. Reading "Walking" (0:23): MP3
  21. Making Use of Emotion in Poetry (4:58): MP3
  22. Thinking and Impedance (6:58): MP3
  23. Portraiture and Sincerity (4:42): MP3


"Walking the Dog" Lecture Series on Poeticsat SUNY-Buffalo

September 17, 1990

Part 1 (1:11:04): MP3
Part 2 (1:33:04): MP3, RealAudio

October 15, 1990

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

  1. On jazz music and prosody in relation to a cluster of Beat and Black Mountain poets (3:23): MP3
  2. On Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, periodicity, and classic metrics (3:41): MP3
  3. On correspondence with Irving Layton on Robert Graves (14:02): MP3
  4. On Thomas Campion, weight and duration of syllables, and Michael Palmer's commentary in Code of Signals (5:31): MP3
  5. On Robert Lowell, open verse, and Campion's "Follow Thy Fair Sun" (5:48): MP3
  6. On rhythm in William Carlos Williams's "The World Narrowed to a Point" (3:37): MP3
  7. On Gertrude Stein and Ron Silliman's The New Sentence (8:23): MP3
  8. On Michael Palmer's commentary on Clark Coolidge's "A Note on Bop" (7:35): MP3
  9. On Robert Graves' thoughts on his contemporaries (5:02): MP3
  10. On aural vs. visual experiences of poetry and Louis Zukofsky (2:36): MP3
  11. Reads William Carlos Williams's "The Dance" (1:07): MP3
  12. Reads WCW's "Burning the Christmas Greens" (5:38): MP3
  13. Reads WCW's "History of Love" (0:30): MP3
  14. Reads WCW's "When Structure Fails Rhyme Attempts to Come to the Rescue" (2:05): MP3
  15. Reads WCW's "The Birth of Venus" (3:04): MP3
  16. Reads WCW's "The Seafarer" (1:32): MP3
  17. Reads WCW's "The Dish of Fruit" (0:19): MP3
  18. Reads WCW's "The Act" (1:26): MP3
  19. Reads WCW's "Lear" (1:33): MP3
  20. On Donald Wessling's The Scissors of Meter: Grammetrics and Reading (1:55): MP3
  21. On Ron Silliman, the sentence, and ordered authority in syntax (16:52): MP3
  22. Reads and Discusses Emily Dickinson's "My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun" (0:57): MP3


Creeley talks to Charles Bernstein's Poetics Seminar; the focus is on gender issues. SUNY-Buffalo, Feb. 28, 1991

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



Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, March 20, 1991

Full Reading (48:03): MP3



Creeley on Collaboration at Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, April 8, 1991

Full Talk (1:02:43): MP3



Poetry 1991 : The State of the Art, St. Marks Symposium, New York, May 3, 1991

Full Talk by Robert Creeley (27:54): MP3
Complete Program (1:18:31): MP3



"The Radio Reading Project" with Ernesto Livon-Grossman, 1992

Full Reading and Interview (59:18): MP3

  1. Introduction (2:12): MP3
  2. Preface to Selected Poems (4:25): MP3
  3. The Revelation (1:12): MP3
  4. "Guido, i'vorrei che tu e Lapo ed io," from The Charm (1:13): MP3
  5. Something for Easter (0:25): MP3
  6. The Charm (0:56): MP3
  7. Chasing the Bird (1:14): MP3
  8. For Somebody's Marriage (0:50): MP3
  9. "To work is to contradict contradictions, to do violence to natural violence..." (1:03): MP3
  10. The Picnic (0:48): MP3
  11. The Skeleton (0:29): MP3
  12. Le Fou (1:18): MP3
  13. The Innocence (1:55): MP3
  14. The Dishonest Mailman (0:31): MP3
  15. The Conspiracy (1:34): MP3
  16. A Form of Women (2:57): MP3
  17. Oh No (1:24): MP3
  18. The Sign Board (1:51): MP3
  19. The Rescue (0:48): MP3
  20. The House (1:23): MP3
  21. A Picture (3:43): MP3
  22. A Piece (0:16): MP3
  23. Interview with Ernesto Livon-Grossman (26:50): MP3


Andrew Kohn Interview with Robert Creeley, December 16, 1992

Full Reading (38:59): MP3

This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection



Ballade pour Robert Creeley, c. 1993

Recorded by Jacques Darras in Paris for the France Culture documentary series Albatros. Creeley discusses his life and work and reads poems, with Pierre Joris, to the improvised jazz of Steve Lacy. Produced by Jacques Taroni for Radio France.

Part 1 (40:54): MP3
Part 2 (41:13): MP3


Books Books Books

This radio series pilot, from the mid-1990s, features Robert Creeley and Charles Bernstein. It was never broadcast and no other programs were produced.

Full Reading: MP3, RealAudio



Reading with Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe at SUNY Buffalo, March 31, 1995

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



SUNY Buffalo, Creeley @ 70 Celebration, October 11, 1996

Opening event, 3-5pm at UB's Katharine Cornell Theatre. (1:30:20): MP3
Introduction to event by organizer Charles Bernstein; 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"

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. "For 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, Charles Bernstein, and Robert Creeley (57:25): MP3

Video Recording of Creeley evening reading (Part 1)

Video of Jim Dine conversation (Part) 2



Reading in Plainfield, Vermont, May 18, 1998

Full Reading: Page



SUNY-Buffalo, November 5, 1999

Full Video (1:05:40): RealVideo

This event took place Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 at 8 p.m., Allen Hall, South Campus, State University at Buffalo, New York and was also broadcast live on WBFO, 88.7 FM. Thanks to Just Buffalo Literary Center, WBFO, SUNY Buffalo, and Robert Creeley for permission to make this event available on the Web. RealVideo by Anya Lewin. EPC feed.



Reading at Harvard University, 1999
courtesy
Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard.
  1. Introduction by Jorie Graham (5:55): MP3
  2. Histoire de Florida (20:54): MP3
  3. Possibilities (10:00): MP3


Reading at the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Camden, NJ, November 21, 1999

After an introduction, Creeley talks about Whitman and starts his reading with "Histoire de Florida"

Reading and brief discussion (1:11:32): MP3

This recording is courtesy of Jack Krick



The Connection, WBUR-FM Boston radio program, January 4, 2000



At Kelly Writers House, April 10 & 11, 2000

Photographs of the visit

April 10 Reading: Quicktime Video

MP3 singles of April 10 reading

  1. Place (0:31): MP3
  2. Won't it be Fine? (2:57): MP3
  3. Bresson's Movies (1:12): MP3
  4. Echoes (0:43): MP3
  5. En Famille (5:13): MP3
  6. Help (1:03): MP3
  7. Love (0:25): MP3
  8. Myself (2:02): MP3
  9. The House (1:32): MP3
  10. There (1:03): MP3
  11. Thinking (0:52): MP3
  12. This World (0:08): MP3
  13. End of Presences: A Text for Marisol (9:07): MP3
  14. "Where late the sweet birds sang..." (4:20): MP3

April 11 interview and conversation moderated by Al Filreis

Full Interview (1:20:06): MP3 (audio only); QuickTime Video
Podcast of the Interview and Conversation: MP3

  1. Introduction (5:45): MP3
  2. On using Monologue (6:29): MP3
  3. Using tools to make objective writing and sound (5:49): MP3
  4. Poems of memory and assumption (4:46): MP3
  5. Making it new (6:11): MP3
  6. On the impact of William Carlos Williams's angry poetry (3:57): MP3
  7. On young poets (2:54): MP3
  8. Form as an expression of content (4:08): MP3
  9. On having few precedents (4:59): MP3
  10. On Denise Levertov (4:31): MP3
  11. Poetry, the internet, and social power (3:35): MP3
  12. Conversation with Marjorie Perloff about love poetry (7:01): MP3
  13. On making objective texts (4:05): MP3
  14. On Bob Dylan (3:08): MP3
  15. On hearing poetry read out loud (3:24): MP3
  16. Influences (3:03): MP3
  17. Reading and discussing A Valentine for Pen (3:55): MP3


A selection of uncollected poems read at home in Waldoboro, Maine on June 11, 2000
  1. For Hannah's 14th Birthday (0:54): MP3
  2. For Will (1:39): MP3
  3. "Wild Nights, Wild Nights" (0:49): MP3
  4. "Where late the sweet birds sang..." (1:08): MP3
  5. En Famille (4:37): MP3
  6. Conversion to Her (2:52): MP3
  7. Clemente's Images (8:30): MP3
  8. As If (0:53): MP3
  9. Possibilities (4:31): MP3
  10. Anya (1:17): MP3
  11. Thinking (0:54): MP3
  12. "When I heard the learn'd astronomer..." (2:36): MP3
  13. For the Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony (1:40): MP3
  14. Cambridge, Mass 1944 (0:45): MP3
  15. Place to Be (0:46): MP3

Recorded by Rick Alverson.
Sequenced by Mike Hearst and Ben Swanson.

"En Famille" was first published in En Famille by Robert Creeley (text) and Elsa Dorfman (photographs), Granary Books, New York, 1999.



Reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 2000
with
Michael Palmer

Introduction by John Yau

Full Reading (33:28): MP3
Q&A with Creeley and Palmer (10:39): MP3

Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center and The Estate of Robert Creeley


Reading and discussing On Art and Collaboration, Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, 2002
with painter and illustrator
Alex Katz
moderated by Raymond Foye

Full Recording (59:42): MP3
Q&A with Creeley and Katz (10:18): MP3

Recording courtesy of the Unterberg Poetry Center, Alex Katz, and The Estate of Robert Creeley


Robert Creeley: A Home Movie

A video interview with Ted Pelton, 2002.


At the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, December 4, 2002

Full Reading (59:55): MP3

  1. Introduction (5:01): MP3
  2. Yesterdays (7:41): MP3
  3. Pictures (6:53): MP3
  4. "If I were writing this..." (7:41): MP3
  5. Memory ("Somewhere Allen Ginsberg is..."): MP3
  6. Memory ("Remember when...") (0:53): MP3
  7. Mediterranean II (3:39): MP3
  8. War (0:58): MP3
  9. Talking ("I was trying to think of when rightly...") (0:49): MP3
  10. Paul (1:55): MP3
  11. For John Wieners (3:58): MP3
  12. Generous Life (1:13): MP3
  13. Q & A (14:38): MP3

Recording courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.


Reading at the East Vancouver Cultural Center, September 11, 2003

Full Reading (45:17): MP3

  1. Introduction by Robin Blaser (7:54): MP3
  2. Creeley's Introduction (5:02): MP3
  3. The Door (5:26): MP3
  4. "After School" by Robin Blaser (1:03): MP3
  5. Bresson's Movies (2:05): MP3
  6. Yesterdays (5:32): MP3
  7. Memory (3:19): MP3
  8. Emptiness (4:43): MP3
  9. For John Wieners (3:23): MP3
  10. Paul (1:59): MP3
  11. Ground Zero (2:27): MP3
  12. Generous Life (2:18): MP3

Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series, Beinecke Library, November 13, 2003

Full Reading, introduction by Richard Deming (55:14): MP3

Recording Courtesy of Beinecke; Thanks to Nancy Kuhl


Cross-Cultural Poetics radio program with host Leonard Schwartz, November 24, 2003

Full Transcript of Show from Jacket: Link

Full Reading (28:12): MP3

  1. Introduction (0:56): MP3
  2. Form as extension of content (1:34): MP3
  3. Poem in memory of Allen Ginsberg (3:09): MP3
  4. Discussing Allen Ginsberg (2:07): MP3
  5. Influence of Robert Graves; matriarchy in poetry (4:38): MP3
  6. "Conversion to Her" (2:49): MP3
  7. Presence of rhyme (1:32): MP3
  8. "John's Song" (1:55): MP3
  9. Poetry and language during the Bush administration (2:52): MP3
  10. On repetition (1:35): MP3
  11. "If I Were Writing This" (3:13): MP3
  12. Discussing "If I Were Writing This" (1:50): MP3

Creeley reads Charles Olson's "Maximus, to Gloucester," Key West Literary Seminar, 2003


More information at Littoral

Full Reading (5:15): MP3


Reading and Lecture - produced by Poem Present, the University of Chicago, April 1 and 2, 2004

  1. Full Reading (49:15): MP3; Video
  2. Full Lecture (1:05:35): MP3; Video

Louis Zukofsky Centennial talk , Columbia University, September 17, 2004

Full Recording (19:35): MP3

  1. Early advocates of Zukofsky's work (4:43): MP3
  2. Fragility to the world in Zukofsky's writing (1:50): MP3
  3. Visiting Louis and Celia in Brooklyn (3:03): MP3
  4. Promoting and publishing Zukofsky's work after his death (2:10): MP3
  5. What Zukofsky's work engages and locates (1:41): MP3
  6. With Zukofsky, Borges and Duncan in Austin, Texas (1:14): MP3
  7. Zukofsky as an accomplished prosodist (3:33): MP3
  8. The personal, intimate, and familial presence of Zukofsky (1:17): MP3

Reading at CUE Art Foundation, January 18, 2005

Full Reading (25:04): MP3
Reading available as streaming video in addition to mp3 audio

  1. When I Think (2:22): MP3, YouTube
  2. War (0:59): MP3, YouTube
  3. Talking (1:08): MP3, YouTube
  4. Paul (1:49): MP3
  5. Old Song (0:53): MP3
  6. Oh, do you remember (2:22): MP3
  7. Mediterranean I (1:17): MP3
  8. Mediterranean II (1:39): MP3
  9. Jumping with Jackson (1:23): MP3
  10. Shimmer (4:01): MP3
  11. Sad Walk (1:32): MP3
  12. The Red Flower (2:54): MP3, YouTube
  13. Old Story from The Diary of Francis Kilver (1:13): MP3, YouTube

Reading, Location and Date Unknown

Full Reading (21:49): MP3


Rockdrill 1: I Know a Man, Poems 1945 - 1975

CD available for purchase from Rockdrill, a series commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London.

  1. Return (0:28): MP3
  2. For an Anniversary (0:27): MP3
  3. The Europeans (0:16): MP3
  4. The Revelation (0:27): MP3
  5. Chasing the Bird (0:41): MP3
  6. The Changes (0:34): MP3
  7. Stomping with Catullus (1:10): MP3
  8. The Picnic (0:38): MP3
  9. The Sentence (0:27): MP3
  10. Preface to "For Love" (1:28): MP3
  11. A Song (0:58): MP3
  12. The Crisis (0:35): MP3
  13. The Innocence (0:36): MP3
  14. After Lorca (0:37): MP3
  15. The Dishonest Mailman (0:32): MP3
  16. The Immoral Proposition (0:33): MP3
  17. The Conspiracy (0:29): MP3
  18. I Know a Man (0:29): MP3
  19. The Disappointment (0:23): MP3
  20. Naughty Boy (0:40): MP3
  21. The Whip (1:13): MP3
  22. All That is Lovely in Mean (0:23): MP3
  23. A Form of Women (1:27): MP3
  24. Please (1:01): MP3
  25. Oh No (0:30): MP3
  26. Goodbye (0:41): MP3
  27. A Marriage (0:30): MP3
  28. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:56): MP3
  29. If You (1:00): MP3
  30. Heroes (0:59): MP3
  31. The Door (4:12): MP3
  32. Kore (0:55): MP3
  33. The Rain (0:59): MP3
  34. Midnight (0:28): MP3
  35. Mind's Heart (0:18): MP3
  36. Love Comes Quietly (0:23): MP3
  37. The People (0:32): MP3
  38. The Wife (0:34): MP3
  39. For Love (2:31): MP3
  40. Preface to "Words" (1:03): MP3
  41. The Rhythm (1:11): MP3
  42. The Mountains in the Desert (0:34): MP3
  43. For W.C.W. (0:35): MP3
  44. I (1:31): MP3
  45. Something (1:03): MP3
  46. Anger (4:55): MP3
  47. The Answer (0:28): MP3
  48. Some Echoes (0:23): MP3
  49. A Prayer (0:17): MP3
  50. Joy (0:17): MP3
  51. A Picture (0:27): MP3
  52. Here (0:13): MP3
  53. Intervals (0:35): MP3
  54. From "Song" (Allen Ginsberg) (0:12): MP3
  55. As Real as Thinking (0:37): MP3
  56. The Moon (1:08): MP3
  57. Names (0:26): MP3
  58. America (0:38): MP3
  59. Mazatlan: Sea (1:25): MP3
  60. B- (1:36): MP3
  61. Four (0:37): MP3
  62. Here (8:54): MP3
  63. "Do you think..." (2:01): MP3
  64. Massachusetts (1:31): MP3
  65. For Benny and Sabina (0:51): MP3
  66. Rain (0:58): MP3
  67. Rain (2) (0:34): MP3
  68. As Now It Would Be Snow (1:41): MP3
  69. For My Mother: Genevieve Jules Creeley, April 8, 1887 - October 7, 1972 (3:13): MP3

Rockdrill 2: Just in Time, Poems 1976 - 1998

CD available for purchase from Rockdrill, a series commissioned by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London.

  1. So There (3:36): MP3
  2. Myself (1:09): MP3
  3. This World (1:09): MP3
  4. The House (1:28): MP3
  5. I Love You (0:48): MP3
  6. For Years Later (1:07): MP3
  7. Thanks (0:56): MP3
  8. First Rain (0:41): MP3
  9. The Edge (1:20): MP3
  10. Song ("Love has no other friends") (1:13): MP3
  11. Time - for Willy (2:03): MP3
  12. Mother's Voice (0:56): MP3
  13. Buffalo Evening (0:34): MP3
  14. Oh Max (5:25): MP3
  15. Room (0:29): MP3
  16. Massachusetts May (0:35): MP3
  17. Fathers (1:08): MP3
  18. Memory Gardens (0:44): MP3
  19. Supper (0:13): MP3
  20. Mother's Photograph (0:36): MP3
  21. Valentine (0:29): MP3
  22. Back (1:01): MP3
  23. The Doctor (1:11): MP3
  24. Stairway to Heaven (0:44): MP3
  25. Oh (0:40): MP3
  26. "Ever since Hitler..." (0:39): MP3
  27. Thinking (1:13): MP3
  28. Whatever (0:32): MP3
  29. Helsinki Window (5:37): MP3
  30. Spring Light (0:39): MP3
  31. New Mexico (1:13): MP3
  32. East Street Again (0:48): MP3
  33. A Note (1:02): MP3
  34. This House (1:19): MP3
  35. Edges (1:43): MP3
  36. Histoire de Florida (19:17): MP3
  37. Credo (2:07): MP3
  38. Goodbye (1:14): MP3
  39. Four Days in Vermont (4:47): MP3
  40. Edges (2:40): MP3

Recordings from Slought Foundation

From the 1963 Vancoucer Poetry Conference:

  • 7/24/63: Morning discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg:
    1. Part 1 (1:06:53): MP3
    2. Part 2 (14:19): MP3
  • 7/24/63: Evening discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (1:05:16): MP3
    2. Part 2 (34:26): MP3
  • 7/26/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (32:08): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:06:11): MP3
    3. Part 3 (15:15): MP3
  • 7/29/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Philip Whalen
    1. Part 1 (1:05:42): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:05:51): MP3
  • 7/31/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (1:06:07): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:03:57): MP3
  • 8/2/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (52:01): MP3
    2. Part 2 (45:32): MP3
  • 8/5/63: Lecture by Robert Duncan
    1. Part 1 (1:38:00): MP3
    2. Part 2 (24:37): MP3
  • 8/7/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov
    1. Part 1 (23:49): MP3
    2. Part 2 (53:46): MP3
  • 8/12/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov
    1. Part 1 (39:25): MP3
    2. Part 2 (50:52): MP3
  • 8/14/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
    1. Part 1 (17:33): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:07:39): MP3
  • 8/16/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
    1. Part 1 (21:15): MP3
    2. Part 2 (1:00:51): MP3


Recordings from Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

  • Class by Robert Creeley on the Academy of Practicing Poets (June 19, 1979): Link
  • Jack Collom, Carl Rakosi, Robert Creeley reading (June 20, 1979): Link
  • Lecture on language poetry - Part 1 (July 9, 1984): Link
  • Lecture on language poetry - Part 2 (July 9, 1984): Link
  • Lecture on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan - Part 1 (June 23, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan - Part 2 (June 23, 1986): Link
  • Lecture - Part 2 (June 27, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on John Wieners and his poems - Part 1 (June 30, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on John Wieners and his poems - Part 2 (June 30, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on poetry in motion (July 2, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on the imagination of procedure - Part 1 (July 4, 1986): Link
  • Lecture on the imagination of procedure - Part 2 (July 4, 1986): Link
  • Boulder Theater Naropa Institute reading (July 12, 1991): Link
  • Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley and Steve Lacy panel, Poetry and jazz - Part 1 (July 12, 1991): Link
  • Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley and Steve Lacy panel, Poetry and jazz - Part 2 (July 12, 1991): Link
  • Lecture at Boulder High School (July 8, 1994): Link
  • Lecture on eco-poetics - Part 1 (June 18, 1997): Link
  • Lecture on eco-poetics - Part 2 (June 18, 1997): Link
  • Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley, Michael Ondaatje panel (June 17, 1999): Link

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

  1. I is the Grandson (1:37): MP3
  2. Anger (4:45): MP3

Guo Chen-Jia's Chinese Translations of Creeley's Poems, Location and Date Unknown

Full Reading (15:33): MP3


Mark Saga Songs of Robert Creeley, Springfield, MA, March 7, 1982

Full Reading (12:56): MP3

This recording is from the Robert Creeley Tape Collection


PoemTalk Podcast #16, discussing Creeley's "I Know A Man," April 8, 2009

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


Also of interest

Courage with Robert Creeley, The Way Out is Via The Door (info on CD)
Have We Told You All You Thought To Know? (info on CD)


Robert Creeley on PennSound Daily


Misc. YouTube Video readings converted to audio [date unknown]


Home Movies and Oral Histories

Conversation with his mother, Genevieve Jules Creeley, first visit to Gloucester, probably summer 1970. For more info see Jacket 2's feature on this. (Sidney Goldfarb appears near end or recording.)

Full Recording (32:32): MP3

Robert Creeley and Company: Home Movies (1962-1965) [use this link]
by Bobbie Louise Hawkins



These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2015 The Estate of Robert Creeley. Used with permission of Robert Creeley. Distributed by PennSound.