On April 29, 1971, Louis Zukofsky gave a lecture on Wallace Stevens, and a reading of Stevens’s and his own poems in honor of Stevens, at the University of Connecticut. This recording has long been available through the Zukofsky PennSound page, and we are, as ever, grateful to Paul Zukofsky for giving us permission to use them for non-commercial, educational purposes (and, as stipulated by Paul, they cannot be used for any other reason). Recently Anna Zalokostas went carefully through the one-and-a-half hour presentation, listening for which poems by Stevens Zukofsky read on that occasion. I was delighted to hear that among these is a beautiful reading of “The Planet on a Table,” a Stevens poem of meta-poetic retrospection. Here are the five poems performed:
reads Wallace Stevens’s “From the Misery of Don Joost” (1:42): MP3
PennSound’s Creeley collection includes five recordings of the poet performing “I Know a Man,” as follows:
(1) read at San Francisco State University, May 20, 1956 (0:28): MP3 (2) 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
Episode 16 of PoemTalk is a 30-minute discussion of this poem with Bob Perelman, Jessica Lowenthal, and Randall Couch.