Poets Reading Their Works:
Recordings Held by The University of Oregon's Knight Library's Douglass Listening Room

This list of recordings is a collection only available for listening in the Douglass Listening Room to the University public with a picture ID card. UO Faculty and GTF's may take these out for a week; all others must use these in the Library.

Note: Because of copyright considerations, we do not honor requests for copies of these materials.

The call numbers designate the type of recorded material represented. Those call numbers preceded by the designation PHONODISC are LP's; those with COMPACT DISC are CD's; and those with CASSETTE are cassettes or cassette kits.

The collection is located in the Douglass Listening Room, which is located on the third floor of the Knight Library.

Index for this discography:
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Paul Celan, 1920-1970


See: Lyrik der Zeit

    Paul Chamberland, 1939-


    Lettre aux vivants.
    Radio Canada International F-773, [1982?]
    CONTENTS: Introduction; Le Processus Apocalyptique; Le Reseau Planetaire d'une Terr Simultanee; Lontaine Terre d'Amour.

      Katherine Garrison Chapin, 1890-1977


      See: Katherine Garrison Chapin, etc., reading their own poems

        John Ciardi, 1916-1986


        As if: poems new and selected.
        Folkways Records FL 9780, [1956]
        CONTENTS: To Judith, I -- To Judith, II -- To Judith, III -- To Judith,IV -- To Judith, V -- Elegy just in case -- Days -- The lamb --Elegy -- Elegy for Sandra -- Three views of a mother, 1 -- Three views of a mother, 2 -- Three views of a mother, 3 -- At a concert of music -- Remembering the dead in Korea -- A thought about Shiek Bedreddin -- In the witch-hunting season -Kristoffer second -- Elegy for G.B. Show -- Flowering quince --Sunday morning -- Measurements -- Doctor Faustus -- Thoughts on looking into a thicket -- On looking east to the sea with a sunset behind me, I, II -- On looking east to the sea with a sunset behind me, III.
        NOTES: Recorded at Rutgers University, 1955. Text of the recording (6 p.) inserted.

        John Ciardi.
        Everett/Edwards 165, c1972.
        CONTENTS: (Not listed)
        SERIES: Contemporary American poets read their works.

        John Ciardi
        University of Missouri, [199-?]
        CONTENTS: (Not listed)
        SUMMARY: John Ciardi reads eight of his poems, including The collectors, The glory, and Perversity. He provides brief commentary before each poem.
        NOTES: Originally broadcast on the radio program New letters on the air.

        Recordings of poets reading their own poems / John Ciardi, W.D. Snodgrass.
        Library of Congress, Division of Music, Recording Laboratory PL 27, 1961.
        CONTENTS: Side One: (Poems by John Ciardi) Poems from Italy; On looking East to the Sea with a Sunset Behind Me; Temptation; Flowering Quince; Elegy; Three Views of a Mother; Elegy for G. B. Shaw.
        NOTES: Recorded in New York City, April 20, 1955. Texts of the poems (10 p.) in container.

        The strangest everything.
        Spoken Arts, SA956-957, [1967]
        CONTENTS: Vol. 1: Sunset and after; The Longest way is back; Talking myself to sleep at one more Hilton; Daemons; At my father's grave; Coming home on the 5:22; Letter to a midnight; Was a man; Epithalamium at Saint Michael's Cemetary; Incident; Boy; One day; An edge, a twilight, a plover; Why don't you write for me?; A ballad of teleologies; Two lectures and a few flourishes.
        Vol. 2: Some sort of game; The formalities; Notes on the Psalmist; New Year's Eve; The week that was; Project for a cliff face; A magus; After a night that came to nothing; On the poet as a damned poor thing; To Somatica to say nothing, and not no.
        NOTES: Edition recorded: New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers Univ. Press,1966.
        [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl A70 v.1+ v.2]

        You know who. John J. Plenty and Fiddler Dan, and other poems.
        Spoken Arts SA 914, 1966.
        CONTENTS: Poor little fish, Can someone tell me why, Someone asked me, Get up or you'll be late for school, silly!, Someone had a helping hand; What someone said when he was spanked on the day before his birthday, Someone slow, Someone made me proud of you, And off he went just as proud as you place, It is time, you know; If you should fall, Don't forget this, Is this Someone you know?, The great news, Someone was up in that tree; Come to think of it, Bump! Bang! Bump!, Calling all cowboys, please!; Someone at my house said, A long proud someone; What someone told me about Bobby Link, Please don't tell him, Sit up when you sit down!; Someone shoed me the right way to run away, Someone lost his head at bedtime, but he got it back; Please tell this someone to take care, you know who; John J. Plenty and Fiddler Dan: "A new fable of the grasshopper and the ant."; About Eskimos and why they wear pants; The king who saved himself from being saved.

        You read to me, I'll read to you.
        Spoken Arts SA 835. [1962]
        CONTENTS: Introduction, About the teeth of sharks, I wouldn't; Arvin Marvin Lillisbee First, Wouldn't you; Mind you,now; What night would it be?; Mummy slept late and Daddy fixed breakfast, Little bits, About Jimmy James, The wise hen; A cool drink on a hot day, One day; All about boys and girls, Sometimes I feel this way; Chang McTang McQuarter cat; My cat, Mrs. Lick-a-chin; A sad song; A sea song, How to tell a tiger; My horse, Jack; A warning about bears; Still more about bears; Last word about bears; At the farm; How the frightful child grew better; What do you think his daddy did?; What did you learn at the zoo?; Tell him to go home; The bird-brain song; Dan Dunder; A short checklist of things to think about, before being born; A dream about the man in the moon.
        SUMMARY: Poems, read by the author and his children.

        See also: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

          John William Clark, 1916-


          The poems of John W. Clark
          Gryphon Records GR-901, c1962.
          CONTENTS: The clouds -- The tiger -- Miserere -- Sleep awake -- Black and white -- Cocktail lounge -- Beyond the sea -- Cold -- The future -- The beach watchers -- The lion tamer -- Tomb of Marie Anderson -- Spaceport -- The descent -- Outward -- The wheel -- Where has the wind gone -- A very confusing day -- And now I --Her eyes exchange -- Dead poet -- Look back -- The dreamer -- The last year -- The view -- In turn -- On the sand, in the hand of the sun -- Why does the fly -- God's own.
          NOTES: Program and biographical notes on container; text of poems (7 p.) in container.
          [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 79]

            Austin Clarke, 1896-1974


            Beyond the pale.
            Claddagh Records C.C.T. 2 , 1966.
            CONTENTS: The scholar--Night and morning--Ancient lights--The envy of poor lovers -- The blackbird of Derrycairn -- Mabel Kelly -- Peggy Browne -- Breedeen -- The Abbey theatre fire -- Irish-American dignitary -- The flock at dawn -- Mount Parnassus -- Over Wales -- Burial of an Irish President -- Cypress grove -- Marriage -- Japanese print -- Beyond the pale.
            NOTES: Recorded in the Peter Hunt Studios, Dublin, 1964.
            NOTES: Critical notes by John Montague and biographical notes on container.
            [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 384]

              Robert P. Tristram Coffin, 1892-1955


              See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                Leonard Cohen, 1934-


                See: Six Montreal Poets

                  Padraic Colum, 1881-1972


                  Padraic Colum reading from his Irish tales and poem.
                  Folkways Records FL 9737, [c1966]
                  CONTENTS: Blarney Castle -- The Wizard Earl -- Reminiscence II (I saw the wind today) -- Reminiscence X (At the fore of the year) -- The bird of Jesus -- An old song re-sung (As I went down through Dublin City) -- Wild ass -- Bird of Paradise -- Condors -- May day -- Honey-seller -- Old woman of the roads.
                  NOTES: Irish tales and poems; read by the author.
                  NOTES: Text of the recording, with biographical notes by Zack Bowen (8 p.) inserted.
                  [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 390]

                    Greg Corso


                    See: Howls, raps & roars

                      Tony Cowan


                      See: Poetry out loud- number seven

                        Malcolm Cowley, 1898-1989


                        See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                          Robert Creeley, 1926-2005


                          Robert Creely.
                          Everett/Edwards 162, c1971.
                          CONTENTS: (Not listed.)
                          SERIES: Contemporary American poets read their works.
                          [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 632M]

                          Robert Creeley I
                          New Letters Magazine, [1981]
                          CONTENTS: (Not listed)
                          SUMMARY: Robert Creeley presents a selection of his poems.
                          NOTES: Broadcast Sep. 25, 1981.
                          NOTES: Recorded in February 1980 at Boston University.
                          [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1985M]

                          Robert Creeley II
                          New Letters Magazine, 1988.
                          CONTENTS: (Not listed)

                          SUMMARY: Robert Creeley presents a selection of his poems.
                          NOTES: Broadcast April 1988 on the radio program New letters on the air.
                          [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1984M]

                          See also: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems and Today's poets

                            e. e. (Edward Estlin) cummings,1894-1962


                            E.E. Cummings
                            National Public Radio IE-810201, 1981.
                            CONTENTS: (Not listed)
                            SUMMARY: Readings from Cummings' Complete poems 1913-1961.
                            [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1107M]

                            e. e. cummings reading Him, the acrobat passage, Eimi, Lenin's tomb, Santa Claus, scene three [and] selections from 50 poems, One times one [and] Xaipe.
                            Caedmon TC-1017. [1954]
                            CONTENTS: The selections from 50 poems: I say no world, Hate blows a bubble of despair into: from 1 x 1; When God decided to invent, Nothing false and possible is love, Hello is what a mirror says, Life is more true than reason will deceive, What if a much of a which of a wind, O by the by, One's not half two--it's two halves of one, Yes is a pleasant country, Sweet spring is your, True lovers in each happening of their hearts; from Xaipe: When serpents bargain for the right to squirm, Dying is fine, but Death, Why must itself up every of a park, Who were so dark of heart they might not speak, I thank you God for most this amazing, When faces called flowers float out of the ground.
                            NOTES: Recorded in New York on May 28, 1953. Program notes on container.
                            [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 115]

                            e.e. Cummings reads his collected poetry, 1943-1958.
                            Caedmon TC 2081. p1977.
                            CONTENTS: Side A: 1 x 1 (One times one)--Xaipe--95 poems.
                            Of all the blessings which to man; ygUDuh; A Salesman is an it that stinks excuse; A politician is an Arse upon; It was a goodly co; Pity this busy monster, manunkind; (Once like a spark); Rain or hail; Except in your; All ignorance toboggans into know; Darling! Because my blood can sing; If everything happens that can't be done.
                            Side B: This (let's remember) day died again and; Purer than purest pure; Swim so now million many worlds in each; So many selves (so many friends and Gods); Jake hates all the girls; When serpents bargain for the right to squirm; Who sharpens every dull; Open his head, baby; Whose are these (wraith a clinging with a wraith); Neither awake; This is a rubbish of human rind; No time ago; The little horse is new; The greatest advantage of being alive; Now all the fingers of this tree (darling) have; Luminous tendril of celestial wish.
                            Side C: Now air is air and thing is thing: no bliss; Crazy Jay Blue; Because you take life in your stride; Dominic has; Both eaching come ghostlike; Maggie and Milly and Molly and May; In time's a noble mercy of proportion; So shy shy shy; But also dying; In time of daffodils; That melancholy; What got him was noth; Handsome and clever and he went cruising; Thanksgiving [a monstering horrow swallows]; Who (is?are) who.
                            Side D: -Laughing to find; I love you much (most beautiful darling); Noone and a star stand, am to am; You no; Out of the lie of no: Over us if (as what was dusk becomes); Whatever's merely wilful; Stand with your lover on the ending earth; Let's, from Some loud unworld's most rightful wrong; I am a little church (no great cathedral); How generous is that himself the sun; Now (more near ourselves than we); Joyful your complete fearless and pure love; Unlove's the heavenless hell and the homeless home; I carry your heart with me.
                            SUMMARY: Selections, based on tape recordings made from 1953 to 1961.
                            NOTES: Descriptive notes by G. J. Firmage on container.
                            [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLds A184]

                            See also: e. e. cummings, etc. reading their own poems and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                              J. V. Cunningham, 1911-1985

                              See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems



                                Donald Davidson, 1893-1968


                                See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                  Peter Davison


                                  See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                    C. (Cecil) Day Lewis, 1904-1972


                                    C. Day Lewis reads from his own works
                                    Decca DL 9139, [1965]
                                    CONTENTS: My love is a tower -- Desire is a witch -- With me, my lover makes the clock -- Beauty's end is in sight -- Rest from loving and be living -- Do not expect again a phoenix hour -- But two there are -- Let us be off! --Nearing again the legendary isle -- The conflict -- In me two worlds -- Passage from childhood -- O dreams, O destinations (3) That was the fatal move (9) To travel like a bird -- The innocent -- Jig -- Hornpipe -- A failure -- The Christmas tree -- The neurotic -- A letter from Rome (excerpt) -- The committee -- Love and pity -- Moods of love (5) Inert, blanched, naked -- Sheepdog trials in Hyde Park -- The gate.
                                    NOTES: Critical notes by Eugene M. Waith on container.
                                    SERIES: Yale series of recorded poets.
                                    [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 164]

                                      Walter De la Mare, 1873-1956


                                      Walter De la Mare reading and speaking
                                      Caedmon Records TC-1046, [1956?]
                                      CONTENTS: A conversation: Isn't it a lovely day?; A little about witches -- Twelve poems: Peace; The veil; The railway junction; England; In a library; The scribe; Here I sit; To a candle; Music; All that's past; Fare well; Away -- A story: The princess.
                                      SUMMARY: Presents two conversations, twelve poems, and a story.
                                      NOTES: Recorded in London, Sept. 20, 1955. Program notes on container.
                                      [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 487]

                                      See also: The Barrow poets...

                                        Allen De Loach, 1939-


                                        See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                          August William Derleth, 1909-1971


                                          Sugar bush by moonlight, and other poems of man and nature.
                                          Cuca K-1200, [196-?]
                                          CONTENTS: Sugarbush by moonlight -- April brook -- Woodcock weather -- Minnows rising -- Twilight whippoorwill -- Apples by snowfall -- The spider in the lamp -- Old barn -- Midnight owl -- Possession -- Three deer mice -- Morning after frost -- Woodpile -- The alders in the window -- Deer in snow -- Brook talk -- Hawk on the wind -- The mailbox among the flowers -- Lonely place -- The light in the haymow -- Cricket chime -- The planetary arc-light -- Man track here -- Pewee -- Windy trees and evening star -- Evening train -- Country places -- Haybarn in winter -- Frogs in wintertime -- On a hawk startled from its nest -- Two rails -- Verry -- Sirius: Midnight ; Mushrooms ; On a locomotive heard in the forest ; Owl tree ; Pickerel water ; Unknown bird -- New moon: November -- Cactus bluff: Midnight ; Everything as before -- All tomorrows become yesterdays: A contemplation ; Eine kleine nachtmusik.
                                          [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 497]

                                            Gene Derwood, 1909-1954


                                            The poems of Gene Derwood: read by the poet. [With] An anthology of poets' voices in a new reading of her poems.
                                            Spoken Arts 736. [1955]
                                            CONTENTS: Side I:Elegy on Gordon Barber; With God conversing; Bird, bird; After reading St. John the Divine; War's clown: in the Proscenium; The innocent; N.B. Symmetrians.
                                            Side II: Joseph Bennett reading "The Pool"; Conrad Aiken reading "Star"; Richard Eberhart reading "In Common" and "Porism"; Leone Adams reading "Spring air" and "Madrigal"; Richard Wilbur reading "Rides", "Shelter", and "Camel"; George Baker reding "To George Baker"; Oscar Williams reading the 8th stanza and Isabella Gardner reading the 9th stanza of "Re-Singing Love"; Oscar Williams reading "The Last poem of Gene Derwood."
                                            NOTES: Side 1 recorded by the Library of Congress. Text inserted in container.
                                            [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 42]

                                            See also: Little treasury of 20th century American poetry

                                              Babette Deutsch, 1895-1982


                                              See: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                                Catherine De Vinck,1922 -


                                                A book of Eve.
                                                House of Poetry CDV 2000, c1979.
                                                CONTENTS: The earth goddess; Cybele; Venus-Aghia Sophia; Eurydice; Deva Girl by the sea; Psyche; The Muse; Coming of age; Look-out point; For a lover unseen; The glass slipper; Marking the distance; I am free; The Bride; Carrying; Watching the fire; Servant of the wind; Mothering; The waiting goes on; Year upon year; Woman by the grave; There is pain; Enduring; The Seeing; Moving on; Spinning.
                                                NOTES: Notes on container; texts ([8] p.) inserted in container.
                                                [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 595]

                                                  Harold Dicker


                                                  See: Poems for peace

                                                    James Dickey, 1923-1997


                                                    The poems of James Dickey (1957-1967).
                                                    Spoken Arts SA 984. [1967]
                                                    CONTENTS: On the hill below the lighthouse; The performance; The lifeguard; The heaven of animals; Fog envelops the animals; To His children in darkness; The hospital window; In the mountain tent; A birth; Cherrylog Road; The fireboming; Sun; The sheep child.
                                                    NOTES: Edition recorded: Middletown, Conn., Wesleyan University Press, 1967.
                                                    NOTES: Descriptive notes by Paul Kresh on container.
                                                    [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 385]

                                                    James Dickey
                                                    Kansas City, Mo.: New Letters, [1987]
                                                    CONTENTS: The author is interviewed and reads his poem In the tree house at night.
                                                    NOTES: Broadcast Dec. 1987 on the radio program New letters on the air.
                                                    [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1980M]

                                                    James Dickey reads his poetry
                                                    Caedmon TC 1333, [1971]
                                                    CONTENTS: In the tree house at night -- Hunting Civil War relics at Nimblewill Creek -- The scarred girl -- The celebration -- Encounter in the Cage Country -- Falling -- Diabetes -- For the last wolverine -- Messages -- Mercy -- Deliverance, excerpt.
                                                    NOTES: Notes by Richard Howard on container.
                                                    [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLds 72]

                                                    See also: Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                                      Owen Dodson, 1914-1983


                                                      See: The Black experience... and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                                        Helen Doolight


                                                        See: H.D.

                                                          Rita Dove, 1952-


                                                          Rita Dove
                                                          University of Missouri, [1985]
                                                          CONTENTS: I. The yellow house on the corner -- Thomas and Beulah -- II. Through the ivory gate -- Gracenotes.
                                                          SUMMARY: Rita Dove reads a selection of poems from her books. She is interviewed by Rebecca Press on various aspects of her work.
                                                          [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1982M tape 1 + tape 2]

                                                            Allan Dowling, 1903-1983


                                                            The poems of Allan Dowling
                                                            Gryphon Records GR-905, [1962]
                                                            CONTENTS: La vita nuova -- The white stars -- Acceptance of autumn -- A devil's prayer -- A sad jingle -- Regret -- Gethsemane -- Ballad of despair -- The shepherd boy -- From the Grande Corniche -- Epigram -- The needle point of now -- The last Adam-- The miracle -- Trust -- Memory of winter magic -- The dead thief -- The Lake of Annecy -- The dreamer's epilogue -- No Ark, no Ararat -- The flame -- The song of the tired men -- The back country -- After two thousand years -- A song of longing -- The Mimosa -- To praise delight -- The island of birds -- A sense of the moment.
                                                            NOTES: "Read by the poet as recorded for the Library of Congress."
                                                            NOTES: Critical and biographical notes on container; texts of the poems (8 p.) inserted in container.
                                                            [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 83]

                                                              Kirby Doyle, 1932-


                                                              See: Howls, raps & roars

                                                                Ree Dragonette


                                                                See: New Jazz Poets

                                                                  Louis Dudek, 1918-2001


                                                                  See: Six Montreal Poets

                                                                    Alan Dugan, 1923-2003


                                                                    See: Nine Pulitzer prize poets read their own poems

                                                                      Raoul Luoar Yaugud Duguay, 1939-


                                                                      Lettre a Toulmond; Le passage.
                                                                      Radio Canada International F-772, [1982?]
                                                                      CONTENTS: Allo la terre; O Kebek; Peau rouge; L'action de grace; Chair d'amour; Femme; Soleil; Moitie-moitie; Cercle gnostique; Le silence; Souffle; Les Passagers: a. Les Passagers, b. Les visages, c.Le voyage, d. La vie; Lettre a Toulmond; Le passage: a. Racines, b. Le livre, c. Le chemin, d. L'envol, e. La source, f. Le royaume.
                                                                      SUMMARY: Poems, read by the author; includes music acc., also by author.
                                                                      [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLds 156]

                                                                        Lawrence Durrell, 1912-1990


                                                                        The love poems.
                                                                        Spoken Arts SA 818. [1962]
                                                                        CONTENTS: Freedom; Water music; Episode; By the lake; A portrait of Theodora; Cohon in exile; Cradle song; Heloise and Abelard; John Donne; La Rouchefoucauld; Poggio; Levant; Alexandria; The Anecdotes: -In Cairo; -At Rhodes; -In Athens; -At Alexandria; -In Patmos; -In Britain; -In Rhodes;- In Paris; -In Beirut; -In Rhodes; -In Rio.
                                                                        NOTES: Descriptive notes by Arthur Luce Klein on slipcase.
                                                                        [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 172]

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