Category Archives: American Poets

Alfred Corn reads at Poets House

… On October 8, 2016 in the late afternoon Alfred Corn read some poems at a celebration for his work at Poets House. The first poem Alfred reads here, The Bridge, Palm Sunday, 1973, I have added below. … … The Bridge, Palm Sunday, 1973 […]

The Night Becomes Thick and Comfortable by Joel Colten and Randal Rupert: read by Peter Bushyeager

… Joel Colten (1950 – 1980) was a poet and photographer who lived in Philadelphia and Manhattan. From 1976 to 1980, he was also coeditor of the literary magazine Hot Water Review. During his brief career, Colten’s poetry appeared widely in U.S. and U.K. publications […]

Philip Good reads Coffee Poems

… I was upstate over Labor Day visiting Philip Good and Bernadette Mayer at their beautiful home. It’s been freshly painted red and continues to await guests along a quiet meandering road on the edge of some woods, Bernadette’s Poetry Forest, that we walked through […]

After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

… My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now. Essence of […]

Edwin Denby reads from Snoring in New York

… Snoring in New York was published by Angel Hair in 1974 with a beautiful photo by Rudy Burckhardt on both the front and back covers, dark leaves, white moth. From 1976 until Edwin’s death in 1983, Rudy Burckhardt’s son Jacob recorded Edwin reading his […]

Rocky Ledge # 5

… Going through boxes and uncovering stuff. Here is Rocky Ledge #5 edited by Reed Bye and Anne Waldman in Boulder, Colorado summer of 1980. I am wary of scanning too much of this magazine because the scanning might damage the pages. I am told […]

HARD PRESS – SERIES 21: 12 POSTCARDS

… Rochelle Kraut designed these postcards with the poems of poets roaming the East Village in the early 80s. There were plenty of them. Shelley will always have a special place in my heart because she gave me my first reading at the Poetry Project […]

Robert Frost reads Mending Wall

… It is Time that, after all, doesn’t like a wall. As we all know those that are built to keep people out don’t work that well if indeed they work at all. The Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China, failures all. Some folks […]

Tennessee Williams reads The Broken Tower by Hart Crane

… Written earlier in the year of his death, and rejected by Poetry, The Broken Tower was printed in the New Republic soon after his suicide on April 27, 1932. Why did Hart Crane jump into the Gulf of Mexico on his voyage to Cuba? […]

Tennessee Williams reads Eternity by Hart Crane

… There is something about Eternity that has always played on my heart strings. It may be that I heard the poem first read by Tennessee Williams on an LP I’d bought, a Caedmon recording. It is one of the better performances by the playwright. […]

Bob Rosenthal reads Morning Poems

… I am so happy that I finally got around to recording Bob Rosenthal reading Morning Poems, poems he had written when he was a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the early 70s, poems jotted down on his way to class, […]

sweet spring is your time is my time is our time by e. e. cummings

… … sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime is lovetime and viva sweet love (all the merry little birds are flying in the floating in the very spirits singing in are winging in the blossoming) lovers go and […]