The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected


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1. Allen Ginsberg | I'm a Victim of Telephones
(1:30, Recorded GPS, December 1968)


2. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche | Cynical Letter, A Letter to Marpa, Sound Cycle (Aham)
(7:05, Recorded Boulder, Colorado, March 1974)


3. John Giorno | Suicide Sutra
(7:17, recorded GPS, 9/73)


4. William S. Burroughs | What Washington, What Orders
(recorded GPS, April 1, 1974)


5. Charles Plymell | 100 Flies on an Airplane Flying Around the World
(2:54, Recorded St. Mark's Church, NYC. Feb. 6, 1974)


6. Michael Brownstein | Monologue from the Top
(1:50, Recorded GPS, New York, February 7, 1974)


7. John Cage | excerpt from Silence
(1:55, recorded Carbondale, Indiana, March 1969)


8. Anne Waldman | Fast Speaking Woman
(5:32, recorded GPS, May 18, 1973)


9. Diane DiPrima | excerpt from Loba
(3:31, recorded St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, March 9, 1973)


10. Bernadette Mayer | excerpt from Studying Hunger
(3:31, recorded at MOMA, NYC, May 3, 1973)


11. Robert Creeley | The Name
(1:14, recorded First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, August 31, 1973)


12. Diane Wakoski | Exorcism
(2:25, recorded GPS, May 11, 1970)


13. Lorenzo Thomas | High Heel Jesus
(1:22, recorded GPS, June 19, 1973)


14. Gregory Coroso | Marriage
(7:20, recorded at The New School, NYC, March 7, 1973)


15. Maureen Owen | Body Rush
(0:52, recorded GPS, February 14, 1974)


16. Ed Sanders | Stand by My Side Oh Lord
(2:23, recorded GPS, May 9, 1973)


17. Charles Olson | The Ridge
(2:42, recorded SUNY at Cortland, NY, October 20, 1967)


18. Allen Ginsberg | Jimmy Berman
(4:04, musicians: Bob Dylan, Artie and Happy Traum, John Schole, Arthur Russell, David Amram, recorded at the Record Palnt, NYC, November 1971)


19. Joe Brainard | excerpt from More I Remember More
(4:03, Recorded GPS, Feb 11, 1974)


20. John Wieners | excerpt from Memories in a Small Apartment
(4:35, recorded St. Mark's Church, NYC, Feb 13, 1974)


21. Gerard Malanga | A Last Poem (Tentative Title)
(0:40, Recorded Rutgers University, NJ, Nov. 20, 1969


22. John Perreault | Nude Death
(1:38, Recorded MOMA, May 3, 1973)


23. Jack Spicer | excerpt from Billy the Kid
(3:43, recorded Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, June 1965)


24. Jim Carroll | from The Basketball Diaries, Age 13, Spring 1965
(3:43, recorded GPS, April 25, 1973)


25. Peter Orlovsky | All Around the Garden
(4:32, recorded GPS, NYC, Feb. 26, 1974)


26. Imamu Amiri Baraka | Our Nation Is Like Ourselves
(4:42, recorded Buffalo State College, New York, April 24, 1970)


27. Michael McClure | Lion Poem
(2:08, recorded St. Mark's Chruch, NYC, March 13, 1974)


28. Ed Dorn | Recollections of Grande Apacharia
(4:28, recorded First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, August 31, 1973)


29. Frank Lima | The Hunter
(1:35, recorded St. Mark's Church, NY, Jan. 23, 1974)


30. Frank O'Hara | Adieu Norman, Bonjour to Joan and Jean Paul from Lunch Poems
(3:07, recorded SUNY Buffalo, NY, Sept. 1964)


31. Bill Berkson | Stanky
(0:16, recorded GPS, NYC, Dec. 1968)


32. Larry Fagin | A Play
(0:18, recorded GPS, NYC, April 1969)


33. Tom Clark | Little Aria
(0:38, recorded Bolinas, California, June 19, 1972)


34. Paul Blackburn | The Once-Over from Brooklyn Manhattan Transit
(1:13, New York, September 1963)


35. Philip Whalen | If You're So Smart Why Aren't You Rich
(1:56, recorded Reed College, Octg 27, 1965)


36. Ron Padgett | June 17, 1942
(4:18, recorded GPS, February 9, 1974)


37. John Ashbery | The Tennis Court Oath
(1:56, recorded GPS, February 26, 1969)


38. Clark Coolidge: excerpt from Dews (8 channel)
(1:07, recorded Mills College Tape Center, Oakland, California, April 1969)


39. Charles Amirkhanian | RADII
(2:05, recorded Swedish Radio, Stockholm, April 1972)




From the LP The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Disconnected, Giorno Poetry Systems (GPS-003), 1974




THIS ALBUM IS A DO-IT-YOURSELF DIAL-A-POEM KIT

Dial-A-Poem received millions of phone calls, yet we were disconnected.

Open the lines to the poets! We used the telephone for poetry. They used it to spy on you. Poetry plumbers uite! We invite you to do it yourself. Start your own Dial-A-Poem in your own hometown. Get hooked up to the telephones. Call your local telephone company business offfice; order a system and put on it these LP selections; put on your own local poets and we'll supply you with more poets.

The system we used at The Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Architectural League of New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and in Albany, New York was 12 telephone lines each connected to an automatic answering set, which holds the recording of a poet reading a poem. Each phone line has a different poem and all the phone lines were changed daily. So dialing one number, you randomly got one of 12 poets. there are 70 Dial-A-Poem poets, each with at least 12 selections, or over 1,000 selections in all.

The system can disconnect:
    your phone,
    your gas,
    your light,
    your food,
    your home.
    But they don't disconnect poetry! (yet)