Poets Reading Their Works:
Recordings Held by The University of Oregon 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:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Collections



Max Eastman, 1883-1969


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

    Richard Eberhart, 1904-2005


    Richard Eberhart
    New Letters, 1985]
    CONTENTS: (Not listed)
    SUMMARY: Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Eberhart reads from his collection entitled Florida poems.
    NOTES: Recorded at WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Fla. Broadcast Jan. 1985 on the radio program New letters on the air.

    Richard Eberhart reading his poetry
    Caedmon TC 1243, [1968]
    CONTENTS: The fury of aerial bombardment -- Seals, terns, time -- For a lamb -- The groundhog -- "If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness" -- New Hampshire, February -- The horse chestnut tree -- The cancer cells -- On a squirrel crossing the road in autumn -- A meditation -- "Go to the shine that's on a tree" -- Rumination -- "I walked out to the graveyard to see the dead" -- Sea-hawk -- Nothing but change -- The incomparable light -- La Crosse at ninety miles an hour -- The place -- Sea burial from the cruiser Reve -- A Maine roustabout -- Am I my neighbor's keeper? -- Hardening into print -- A New England bachelor -- The illusion of eternity -- The mastery -- Marrakech -- The ides of March -- The explorer on Main Street -- A wedding on Cape Rosier -- On returning to a lake in spring.
    NOTES: Critical notes by Ralph J. Mills on container.

    Richard Eberhart reads from his own works.
    Decca DL 9145. [1965]
    CONTENTS: Side 1:I. This fevers me, 'Go to the Shine that's on a Tree', 'Now is th Air made of Chiming Balls', 'On a Squirrel Crossing the Road...'; II. Sea-Hawk, Seals, Terns, Time, New Hampshire, February, The Hard Structure of the World, Indian Pipe; III. The Cancer Cells, The Book of Nature, 'If I could only live...', For a Lamb; IV. The Horse Chestnut Tree, The Soul Longs to Return, I Walked Out to the Graveyard, The Tobacconist of Eighth Street.
    Side 2: I. Cousin Florence, Dam Neck, Virginia, The Fury of Aerial Bombardment, War and Poetry; II. The Dry Root, Words, The Verbalist of Summer; III. Half-bent Man, A Ship Burning and a Comet.., Nothing but Change; IV. The Wisdom of Insecurity, Only in the Dream, Great Praises.
    NOTES: Critical notes by R. B. W. Lewis on container.

    See also: Caedmon treasury of modern poets; Katherine Garrison Chapin, etc., reading their poems; Little treasury of 20th century American poetry and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

      Guenter Eich, 1907-1972


      See: Lyrik der Zeit

        T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, 1888-1965


        Four quartets.
        Angel Records ANG. 45012 [1957]
        CONTENTS: - Burnt Norton. - East Coker. - The dry salvages. - Little Gidding.
        NOTES: Brief program notes, in part by the author, on slipcase.

        T.S. Eliot reading his own poems (1946)
        Library of Congress Recording Laboratory P L3, [1953]
        CONTENTS: The waste land -- Ash-Wednesday -- Landscapes -- Sweeney among the nightingales.
        NOTES: Recorded in 1946.
        NOTES: Program notes on container.

        T.S. Eliot reading poems and choruses.
        Caedmon TC-1045. [1956?]
        CONTENTS: The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock--Portrait of a lady-- Preludes--Mr. Eliot's Sunday morning service--Ash Wednesday--A song for Simeon--Marina.--Triumphal march, from Coriolan--O light invisible, from The rock--Opening chorus, from Murder in the cathedral--Chorus, from Family reunion.
        NOTES: Recorded in London, Sept. 26, 1955.

        The waste land and other poems.
        Caedmon TC 1326, [c1971]
        CONTENTS: The waste land -- The hollow men -- Journey of the Magi -- La Figlia che piange -- Landscapes: New Hampshire, Virginia, Usk, Rannoch by Glencoe, Cape Ann -- Morning at the window -- Difficulties of a stateman --Sweeney among the nightingales -- Whispers of immortality -- Macavity: The mystery cat.
        NOTES: Notes by Richard Howard on container.

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

          William Empson, 1906-1984


          See: Poets reading their poems and Poets reading their poems

            Paul Engle, 1908-1981


            See: Louise Bogan, etc., reading their poems and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

              Clayton Eshleman, 1935-


              Clayton Eshleman
              New Letters, 1982.
              CONTENTS: (Not listed)
              SUMMARY: Clayton Eshleman reads eight poems from his book entitled Hades in manganese. The poems explore the Paleolithic imagination and the construction of the underworld.
              NOTES: Broadcast May 1982 on the radio program New letters on the air.
              [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 1996M]

                William Everson, 1912-1994


                See: Brother Antoninus



                  Sarah Webster Fabio, 1928-1979


                  Boss soul.
                  Folkways Records FL 9710. c1972.
                  CONTENTS: Work it out "Melody undecided"-Boss soul-Soul through a licking stick:'Yo gramma'-Glimpses "Nigger sweat"-Fungi and Calau (a calypso)-After Birmingham-A lesson twice learned- Panther caged-Black back: "sheeba's Puppies"-Rainbow signs-A mover: "Place in the sun".
                  NOTES: Poems; read by the author, with rhythm accompaniment. Program notes and texts of poems (6 p.) inserted in slipcase.
                  [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 555]

                  Soul ain't: soul is.
                  Folkways Records FL 9711. c1973.
                  CONTENTS: Soul ain't: soul is-Sassafras toned, my grandma sat-The hurt of it all-Nina giving Mr. Backlash the blues-A five-year old scream breaking through the night-Cross-fire-Dialogue between two messengers of peace-Black world-My own thing-I would be for you rain-Echo of rain-To turn from love-For my people, a jubilee-Bronzeville breakthrough.
                  NOTES: Notes and texts of poems (6 p.) inserted in slipcase.
                  [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLds 85]

                    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919-


                    Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
                    Deland, Fla., Everett/Edwards 164, c1972.
                    SERIES: Contemporary American poets read their works.
                    [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 633M]

                    Tentative description of a dinner given to promote the impeachment of President Eisenhower, and other poems.
                    Fantasy 7004, [1958]
                    CONTENTS: Tentative description of a dinner given to promote the impeachment of President Eisenhower -- Goya in America -- The world is a beautiful place -- William Butler Yeats on the Third Avenue el -- Truth is not the secret of a few -- Pennycandystore -- Love comes harder to the aged -- Dog -- Museum of objects depicting the history of my race -- The poet's eye -- Crucifixion -- Marc Chagall and his horse -- Sarolla's women in their picture hats -- Kafka's castle -- See it was like this -- The poet as an acrobat.
                    NOTES: Editions recorded: San Francisco, Golden Mountain Press, c1958; New York, New Directions, c1958; and San Francisco, City Lights Books, c1955.
                    NOTES: Program notes by author on container.
                    [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 231]

                    See also: Howls, raps & roars and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                      Dudley Fitts, 1903-1968


                      Dudley Fitts reads from his own works
                      Decca DL 9138, [1965]
                      CONTENTS: Priam -- The liturgy of Small Susan -- Preraphaelite encounter with your grandfather -- Three poems of Martial -- Introduction to poems from the Greek anthology -- Priapos of the harbor -- On Troy fallen -- Dedication of a mirror -- To Melite -- Couplet -- Remonstrance -- A valentine for a lady -- Epitaph of Dionysios of Tarsos -- Secret weapon -- Valentine for a popular tenor -- On Hermogenes the physician -- Meditation on beavers -- Tauromancy at Memphis -- On Apis the prizefighter -- Fortunatus the R.A. -- Epitaph of a Nicene actor -- Compensation -- To Lykainis: a metaphor --Meditation -- The Sidon girls! The Sidon girls! -- Epitaph of Nearchos -- Epitaph of a sailor -- Epitaph of a young man -- Epitaph of a sailor --Epitaph of Charidas of Kyrene -- Epitaph of a Maltese watch-dog-- A general epitaph -- Elegy on Herakleitos -- Star-gazing -- Timon the misanthrope -- Inscription for the tomb of Timon -- Prayer before death -- His epitaph.
                      SERIES: Yale series of recorded poets.
                      NOTES: Program notes by John Hollander on container.
                      [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 440]

                        Robert Fitzgerald, 1910-1985


                        See: Poets reading their poems

                          John Gould Fletcher, 1886-1950


                          See: John Gould Fletcher, etc., reading their poems

                            Robert Francis, 1901-1987


                            See: Today's poets

                              Percy French, 1854-1920


                              The Barrow Poets...

                                Robert Frost, 1874-1963


                                Robert Frost reads from his own works.
                                Decca [1966]
                                CONTENTS: Side 1:Spring Pools, A Young Birch, The Sound of Trees, The Oven Bird, The Onset, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, An Old Man's Winter Night, Desert Places, The Need of Being Versed in Country Things, The Line-Gang, A Roadside Stand, The Silken Tent.
                                Side 2: Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same, Design, The Wood-Pile, The Star-Splitter, Neither Out Far Nor In Deep, The Most of It, Triple Bronze, The Courage To Be New, No Holy Wars For Them, The Gift Outright, Couplets: The Secret Sits; Forgive, Oh Lord, My Objection to Being Stepped On, Away!
                                NOTES: Texts principally from the Complete poems of Robert Frost.
                                NOTES: Critical notes by R. W. B. Lewis on slipcase.
                                SERIES: Yale series of recorded poets.
                                [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 175]

                                Robert Frost reading his own poems.
                                Library of Congress, Recording Laboratory PL 6 [1953]
                                CONTENTS: The witch of Coos--The mountain.--Come in--Mowing--The pasture--Reluctance--Stopping by woods on a snowy evening--The most of it--An old man's winter night--Provide, provide--The runaway.--Acquainted with the night--Choose something like a star--A drumlin woodchuck--Why wait for science--Departmental--A considerable speck--One step backward taken--On looking up by chance at the constellations--A soldier--The gift outright.
                                NOTES: Recorded in 1948. Biographical and bibliographical notes and texts (9 p.) inserted in slipcase.
                                [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 118]

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



                                  Jean Garrigue, 1912-1972

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

                                    Wilfred Gibson, 1872-1962


                                    See: The Barrow Poets

                                      Roland Giguere

                                      See: Voix de 8 poetes du Canada

                                        Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997


                                        Allen Ginsberg.
                                        Everett/Edwards 161, c1971.
                                        SERIES: Contemporary American poets read their works.
                                        [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 634M]

                                        Allen Ginsberg reading
                                        Fantasy 7006, [1959?]
                                        CONTENTS: Howl -- The sunflower sutra -- Footnote to Howl -- A supermarket in California -- Transcription of organ music -- America -- In back of the real -- Strange new cottage in Berkeley -- Europe, Europe -- Kaddish.
                                        NOTES: Recorded in Chicago, Jan. 1959, and in San Francisco, June 1959.
                                        NOTES: Notes by the poet on container.
                                        [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 232]

                                        Ginsberg's thing.
                                        Douglas SD 801, [1970]
                                        CONTENTS: Zen Buddhist chant "High perfect wisdom" -- Message II -- Cafe in Warsaw -- Who to be kind to -- Portland Coliseum -- First party at Ken Keesey's (with Hell's Angels) -- Uptown -- To the body -- Small Spoleto mantra -- Allen Ginsberg reading translations of the poetry of Guiseppe Ungaretti.
                                        NOTES: "The recordings took place at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy." Program notes by Vincent R. Tortora on container.
                                        [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLds 49]

                                        See also: Howls, raps & roars; Poems for peace and Spoken Arts treasury of 100 modern American poets reading their poems

                                          Nikki Giovanni, 1943-


                                          Cotton candy on a rainy day.
                                          Folkway Records FL 9756. p1978.
                                          CONTENTS: Side One:Cotton candy on a cloudy day; Introspections; Forced retirement; The New Yorkers; Crutches; Boxes; Poem; A Poem off center; The winter storm; Age; Because; Their fathers; Life cycles; Adulthood II; Habits; Fascinations; Gus; Choices.
                                          Side Two: Photography; The beep beep poem; A poem for Ed and Archie; Woman; Space; Poem (for EMA); The rose bush; Patience; Make up; Winter; You are there; A statement on conservation; Turning (I need a better title); A response; A poem of friendship; Being and nothingness; The moon shines down; That day.
                                          NOTES: Notes by Paula Giddings on container.
                                          [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 590]

                                          Legacies; the poetry of Nikki Giovanni.
                                          Folkways Records FL 9798. c1976.
                                          CONTENTS: Side One: Once a lady told me; Everytime it rains; Mother's habits; Conversation; The geni in the jar; Mothers; The December of my springs; The women gather; The life I led; Legacies.
                                          Side Two: How do you write a poem; The world is not a pleasant place to be; Nikki-Rosa; Poem (for Nina); Categories; Housecleaning; Scrapbooks; Dreams; Beautiful black men; Always there are the children.
                                          SUMMARY: Contains selections from the books The women and the men, My house, Re:creation, Black feeling black talk/Black judgement, and Ego tripping and other poems for young people.
                                          NOTES: Durations on labels; notes by the author on slipcase.
                                          [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 584]

                                          Nikki Giovanni II
                                          University of Missouri, [199-?]
                                          CONTENTS: (Not listed)
                                          SUMMARY: Giovanni reads from her poems and discusses her work.
                                          NOTES: Originally broadcast on the radio program New letters on the air.
                                          [DOUGLASS CASSETTE 2024M]

                                            Alain Grandbois, 1900-1975

                                            See: Voix de 8 poetes du Canada

                                              Gunter Grass, 1927-


                                              See: Lyrik der Zeit

                                                Robert Graves, 1895-1985


                                                Love respelt: old & new poems.
                                                Columbia OL 6400, [1965]
                                                CONTENTS: At best, poets; The meeting; She is no liar; Expect nothing; A last poem; The three-faced; In time; The leap; Dazzle of darkness; Food of the dead; I will write; Bird of Paradise; The Oleaster; Song; Sword and rose; Endless pavement; A measure of casualness; The green castle; Not to sleep; The black goddess; La Mejicana; All I tell you from my heart; Double bass; Judgement of Paris; The undead; Above the edge of doom; Wild cyclamen; Batxoca; The snap-comb wilderness; Change -- Black; Between hyssop and axe -- Gold and Malachite -- Ambience; The vow; The frog and the golden ball; Those who came short; Whole love; This holy month; The impossible; Iron palace; True joy; Tomorrow's envy of today; The hidden garden; The wedding; What will be, is; Son Altesse; Everywhere is here; Song: The far side of your moon; Deliverance; Conjuction; Nothing now astonishes; Postscript.
                                                NOTES: Critical notes by Goddard Lieberson and John Simon on container.
                                                [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 233]

                                                Robert Graves reading
                                                Caedmon TC-1066, [c1957]
                                                CONTENTS: The white goddess -- The haunted house -- Outlaws -- Allie -- Love without hope -- What did I dream? -- The hills -- Angry Sansom -- In procession -- Warning to children -- The cool web -- Song of contrariety -- The presence -- Flying crooked --Any honest housewife -- A jealous man -- The cloak -- Time -- Ogres and pygmies -- To bring the dead to life -- Like snow -- The fallen tower of Siloam -- A love story -- Theseus and Adriande -- To Juan at the winter solstice -- The death room --My name and I -- The survivor -- The foreboding -- Cat-goddesses -- The blue-fly -- Sirocco at Deya -- Leaving the rest unsaid.
                                                NOTES: Recorded in London, Nov. 3, 1954.
                                                [DOUGLASS PHONODISC DLdl 482]

                                                See also: Caedmon treasury of modern poets

                                                  Horace Gregory, 1898-1982


                                                  See: Poets reading their poems

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