Robert Creeley


LINEbreak interview and reading with Charles Bernstein (1995)
First half-hour (29:12): mp3, RealAudio
Second half (29:08): mp3, RealAudio


Hit Singles

Heroes For Love (3:06) from Exact Change, 1963
I is the Grandson (1:37) 10/22/75
Anger (4:45)  10/22/75
"So Quiet Here" a setting of Creeley's poem by composer David Felder, 2006 (7:35)

real audio: The Long Road (0:48) from Clemente series, "Life & Death," mid-1990s.

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Still Life Or, I Know a Man, and The Language (audio & text from the Dia Art Foundation, 1987)

Creeley at Naropa Archive


Studio Recording at Black Mountain College, c. 1954
Full reading (9:54): mp3

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


At San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956
Full reading (1:00:29): mp3, RealAudio

1. Hart Crane (2:07)
2. Le Fou (1:24)
3. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (1:06)
4. The Crisis (0:29)
5. For Rainer Gerhardt (1:49)
6. The Riddle (0:39)
7. The Rites (1:07)
8. The Ball Game (1:08)
9. The Innocence (0:35)
10. Something for Easter (0:39)
11. The Grace (11:21)
12. The Carnival (1:45)
13. The Charm (0:33)
14. The Pedigree (0:17)
15. After Lorca (2:13)
16. For an Anniversary (0:31)
17. The Kind of Act Of (0:58)
18. The Dishonest Mailmen (0:39)
19. The Crow (0:50)
20. For Martin (0:30)
21. The Immoral Proposition (1:54)
22. The Changes (0:31)
23. For Irving (0:40)
24. I Know a Man (0:28) (text)
25. The End (0:26)
26. Death of Venus (0:37)
27. The Lover (0:33)
28. Wait for Me (0:41)
29. For Somebody's Marriage (0:27)
30. The Business (0:26)
31. The Disappointment (0:26)
32. The Warning (0:15)
33. A Form of Adaptation (0:42)
34. Song ("Were I myself more blithe") (0:39)
35. Stomping with Catullus (1:28)
36. The Apology (0:11)
37. Like They Say (0:16)
38. The Whip (0:34)
39. All That is Lovely in Men (0:20)
40. A Dedication (0:25)
41. A Day at the Beach (0:40)
42. The Prejudice (0:21)
43. Naughty Waters (published as "Naughty Boy") (0:34)
44. "To Work is to Contradict Contradictions, to Do Violence to Natural Violence . . ." (0:32)
45. The Commentary (0:37)
46. Old Song (0:25)
47. A Wicker Basket (1:20)
48. For David (0:29)
49. Lover's Leap (0:27)
50. Hold It (0:35)
51. Goodbye (0:28)
52. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:22)
53. Air: "Cat Bird Singing" (0:42)
54. If You (1:13)
55. A Marriage (0:21)
56. Song ("God give you pardon from gratitude") (0:13)
57. For the New Year (0:38) 
58. And (0:40)


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

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


At the Berkeley Poetry Conference, 1965
July 22: part one (46:16)     part two (33:41)
July 23: part one (1:01:29)    part two (23:17)


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


At Harvard University, October 27, 1966
 
1. Introduction (2:20)
2. Le Fou (0:34)
3. A Song ("I had wanted a quiet testament") (2:36)
4. The Crisis (0:35)
5. The Riddle (0:33)
6. The Rhyme (0:27)
7. The Innocence (0:39)
8. The Ball Game (1:00)
9. The Carnival (0:34)
10. After Lorca (0:46)
11. The Dishonest Mailmen (1:15)
12. The Immoral Proposition (0:36)
13. For W.C.W. (0:29)
14. Chanson (0:34)
15. Don't Sign Anything (0:34)
16. The Conspiracy (2:39)
17. The End (0:29)
18. I Know a Man (0:35)
19. A Counterpoint (1:33)
20. The Warning (0:31)
21. The Whip (0:49)
22. La Noche (0:20)
23. Juggler's Thought (0:32)
24. A Form of Women (1:34)
25. They Say (0:25)
26. The Friend (0:50)
27. The Three Ladies (1:11)
28. Oh No (0:30)
29. Goodbye (0:42)
30. If You (0:58)
31. The Tunnel (0:38)
32. The Names (0:29)
33. A Gift of Great Value (0:52)
34. Somewhere (0:38)
35. New Year's (1:24)
36. Entre Nous (0:27)
37. Sing Song (0:41)
38. The Place (2:08)
39. The Souvenir (0:24)
40. The Door (3:48)
41. Kore (0:59)
42. The Name (1:27)
43. For Love (2:42)
44. The Woman (2:34)
45. The Window (0:57)
46. To Bobbie (1:40)



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

Full reading (5:18): mp3
 
1. Oh No (0:31)
2. A Tally (1:33)
3. Words (0:47)
4. The Invoice (0:34)
5. The Cracks (0:55)
6. A Reason (0:55)


Creeley reading from his home in Bolinas, CA (c. 1965-70; more likely 1972)
[ We are still working on identifying the date and some poem info: send
corrections/additions to us at PennSound@writing.upenn.edu]

1. On traveling and coming to terms with his poetic career (2:24)
2. Return (0:28)
3. The Charm (2:13)
4. Speaking briefly on For Love (0:38)
5. Creeley reads "A Form of Women," from For Love, and discusses his inspirations (2:55)
6. Song ("Those rivers run from that land") (1:32)
7. Heroes (0:48)
8. The House (0:25)
9. The People (0:27)
10. For Love (2:05)
11. The Whip (0:35)
12. I Know a Man (0:25)
13. La Noche (0:12)
14. Ballad of the Despairing Husband (2:31)
15. The Hill (0:39)
16. The Name (1:13)



At Goddard College, May 18, 1973
Full reading (1:27:24): mp3, RealAudio
  1. Introductions (2:05)
  2. The Plan is the Body (from Away) (4:30)
  3. Spring (From Backwards) (1:21)
  4. But You (From Backwards) (0:30)
  5. Oh Mabel (from Backwards) (0:16)
  6. Dear Dorothy (from Away) (6:05)
  7. Flesh (from Backwards) (1:13)
  8. Home Again (Unpublished?) (0:16)
  9. Joking with audience (0:57)
  10. Away (from Away) (4:44)
  11. Faces (For Joe Brainard) (0:58)
  12. Berlin: First Night & Early Morning (from Away) (2:32)
  13. Places (Uncollected, from The Collected Poems) (3:37)
  14. As We Sit (from Thirty Things) (3:39)
  15. Every Day (from Away) (1:10)
  16. Unknown Short Story (8:16)
  17. Unknown Short Story (5:25)
  18. Mabel-A Story (8:02)
  19. As Real as Thinking (from Pieces) (3:31)
  20. Flowers (from Pieces) (2:51)
  21. The Family (from Pieces) (0:32)
  22. Kate’s (from Pieces) (0:09)
  23. For You (from Pieces) (0:17)
  24. Remarks on Gregory Corso (5:27)
  25. A Step (from Pieces) (0:58)
  26. Having To (from Pieces) (0:51)
  27. The Car (from Pieces) (1:32)
  28. Pieces of Cake (from Pieces) (0:31)
  29. The Finger (from Pieces) (9:04)
  30. One Thing (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:10)
  31. I Cannot See You (Incomplete) (from Pieces) (0:12)
  32. Gemini (from Pieces) (1:06)
  33. In Secret (from Pieces) (0:26)
  34. Time is some sort of hindsight (from Pieces) (0:33)
  35. Follow the Drinking Gourd . . . (from Pieces) (2:58)

Edited by Seth Forrest


At St. Mark's Church, New York, October 22, 1975
I is the Grandson (1:37)
Anger (4:46)

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


At Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, July 1984
Full reading (1:11:25): mp3

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


Bilingual Reading in Berlin with Rainer Gerhardt, June 11, 1985
Full reading (39:50): mp3

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


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



At the University of Helsinki, February 14, 1989
Part 1 (43:59) , Part 2 (27:00)


"New Letters on the Air" Reading and Interview, April 1988
Full program (29:41)


Graduate Seminar at SUNY-Buffalo, September 13, 1990
Part 1 (1:23:52), Part 2 (57:28)


"Walking the Dog" Lecture Series on Poetics at SUNY-Buffalo

1. September 17, 1990
Part 1 (1:11:04), Part 2 (1:33:04): MP3, RealAudio

2. October 15, 1990
Part 1 (51:45), Part 2 (51:40)


Creeley talks to Charles Bernstein's Poetics Seminar; the focus is on gender issues. SUNY-Buffalo, Feb. 28, 1991
Part One (46:58)                Part Two (46:50)
Part Three (47:00)             Part Four (33:59)


Reading at SUNY-Buffalo, March 20, 1991
Full reading (48:03): mp3


"The Radio Reading Project" with Ernesto Livon-Grossman, 1992
Full reading and interview (59:18): mp3
 
1. Introduction (2:12)
2. Preface to Selected Poems (4:25)
3. The Revelation (1:12)
4. Early Dante Translation (1:13)
5. Something for Easter (0:25)
6. The Charm (0:56)
7. Chasing the Bird (1:14)
8. For Somebody (0:50)
9. "To Work is to Contradict Contradictions, to Do Violence to Natural Violence . . ." (1:03)
10. The Picnic (0:48)
11. The Skeleton (0:29)
12. Le Fou (1:18)
13. The Innocence (1:55)
14. The Dishonest Mailmen (0:31)
15. The Conspiracy (1:34)
16. A Form of Women (2:57)
17. Oh No (1:24)
18. The Sign Board (1:51)
19. The Rescue (0:48)
20. The House (1:23)
21. A Picture (3:43)
22. A Piece (0:16)
23. Interview with Ernesto Livon-Grossman (26:50)


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.
MP3 , RealAudio


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

1. Introduction (2:50)
2. Histoire de Florida (18:24)


Reading in Plainfield, Vermont, May 18, 1998


SUNY-Buffalo, November 5, 1999: RealVideo (1:05:40)
This event took place Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 at 8 p.m., Allen Hall, South Campus, State University of 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 Vancouver East, 2003 (45:17)



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


At Kelly Writers House, April 10 & 11, 2000

Entire April 10 reading in real video

MP3 singles of April 10 reading:
1. A Place (0:31)
2. At whatever age he was (2:57)
3. Bresson's Movies (1:12)
4. Echoes (0:43)
5. En Famille (5:13)
6. Help (1:03)
7. Love (0:25)
8. Myself (2:02)
9. The House (1:32)
10. There (1:03)
11. Thinking (0:52)
12. This World (0:08)
13. Voices Fading Fast (9:07)
14. Where Late the Sweetbird Sang (4:20)

April 11 interview and conversation moderated by Al Filreis
MP3 (audio only) (1:20:06); RealVideo
Photographs of the visit


A selection of uncollected poems read at home in Waldoboro, Maine on June 11, 2000

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



Cross-Cultural Poetics radio program with host Leonard Schwartz: (11/24/03) (28:12) (26MB); transcript of this show from Jacket


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

1. Reading: audio (49:15), video
2. Lecture: audio (1:05:35), video


Louis Zukofsky Centennial talk (video) (Sept. 17, 2004)


Recordings from Slought Foundation

Reading in Buffalo, October 3, 1966
 

From the 1963 Vancoucer Poetry Conference:

7/24/63: Morning discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg
7/24/63: Evening discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
7/26/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg
7/29/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Philip Whalen
7/31/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
8/2/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson
8/5/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov
8/7/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov
8/9/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Margaret Avison, Denise Levertov
8/12/63: Reading by Robert Creeley
8/12/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov
8/16/63: Discussion featuring Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg



Recordings from Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

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



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)

There are several CDs of Creeley's readings available from purchase: from Rockdrill (Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck College, London):
Robert Creeley: 'I Know a Man', poems 1945-1975
Robert Creeley: 'Just in Time', poems 1976-1998



These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2004 Robert Creeley. Used with permission of Robert Creeley. Distributed by PennSound & UbuWeb



1. I IS THE GRANDSON (1:38)


Recorded 10/22/75
from The World Record (Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1969-1980




2. ANGER (1:38)


Recorded 10/22/75
from The World Record (Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1969-1980




3. The Messenger for Allen Ginsberg, I Know a Man (1:17)


Recorded Bolinas, California, July, 1971
from Totally Corrupt (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972)




4. The Name (1:14)


recorded First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, August 31, 1973
from Dial-A-Poem Poets Disconnected (Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972)