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Wednesday Series: Kenneth Koch, Jordan Davis, St. Mark’s Church, NY, November 10, 1999

Recorded on audiocassette. Recording hosted by the Library of Congress.

  1. Side A (48:26): link
  2. Side B (48:29): link

Rudy Burckhardt, On Aesthetics (1999, 9 min., color, with Kenneth Koch)

Reading at the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, April 15, 1998

Songs From Plays

    From Easter in the Vatican:
  1. This Dancing Man was Once the Pope (0:32): MP3
  2. When I was a Young Women (0:36): MP3
  3. Your Genius Made Me Shiver (0:55): MP3
  4. From New Faces of Forty Years Past:
  5. Driving Along (0:21): MP3
  6. They Say Prince Hamlet (1:02): MP3
  7. From The Unicorn
  8. Songs Are About Death (0:17): MP3
  9. From New Times, New World
  10. Allegheny Menaces (0:38): MP3
  11. From Don Juan of Quixote
  12. Let's Pour Coca-Cola on the Priest (0:25): MP3
  13. From Brothers and Friends
  14. You Want a Social Life with Friends (1:28): MP3
  15. From Two Worlds
  16. What Makes this Statue Noble Seeming (0:39): MP3
  17. From My Olivetti Speaks
  18. My Olivetti Speaks (10:14): MP3
  19. Some plays from One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays (18:50): MP3
  20. One Train (5:57) MP3

Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1996

  • Complete recording (5:17): MP3

Reading from "Impressions of Africa", St. Mark's, 1983

Complete recording (23:32): MP3

10 Year Memorial honoring Frank O’Hara, St. Mark’s Church, 1976

  • Side A (29:50): MP3
  • Side B (49:29): MP3

Features Joe LeSeuer, Patsy Southgate, Jane Freilicher (reading James Schuyler), Anne Waldman as MC, Kenneth Koch (reading "Awake in Spain"), Carter Ratcliffe, Tony Towle, David Shapiro, and Peter Schjedahl

Note: Some unintentional background music and sound from earlier tape recording can occasionally be deciphered in the background. Kenneth Koch’s reading features particularly distracting interruptions.

Recording, 1972

  • Side A (25:35): MP3
  • Includes "A Serious Moment and "In Bed"

  • Side B (50:58): MP3
  • Includes "First Trip to China", "Alive for an Instant", and "Today" from The Art of Love

Courtesy of Simon Pettet

Rudy Burckhardt, The Apple (1967, 2 minutes, color, poem by Kenneth Koch, music by Tony Ackerman and Brad Burg, sung by Kim Brody)

Reading at the Recording Lab, Library of Congress, May 9, 1960

Also Of Interest:

  • Kenneth Koch reading "The Circus" (6:09): MP3
  • Niels Plenge, Lars Movin, and Thomas Thurah, "Something Wonderful May Happen" (2001) on the New York School, documentary: mp4

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