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Program No. 2: Tom Clark and Ron Padgett

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 62 min
Event Type: Spoken Word Program Origin: KPFA

An Academy of American Poets reading at the Guggenheim Museum, recorded on March 5, 1968. Tom Clark and Ron Padgett read a selection of their poetry, including some collaborative works. Highlights include a funny variation of one of James Wright’s poems “Outside Fargo, North Dakota” (which is also read for necessary comparisons), as well as two “postcard poems” in which the addresses are turned into verse, to amuse the postal workers and to see if artistic renderings of such important details would still allow the cards to reach their intended recipients. The rest of the poems, many of which are less than a minute in length, run the gamut, from odes written by a fictional poets to descriptions of Grandma Moses wearing sunglasses. It’s an hour long reading of American poetry written in the style typical of the late 20th century, funny, sexy, and insightful.

Warning: contains obscenities.

Musical Selections:  Anti-War Poem (1:48) / Tom Clark & Ron Padgett -- A Careless Ape (1:45) / Ron Padgett -- Wonderful Things (1:07) / Ron Padgett -- The Lake (3:58) / Tom Clark -- Orange (0:22) / Ron Padgett & Tom Clark -- Penmanship (1:23) / Tom Clark -- Sonnet (0:37) / Tom Clark -- Eleven Ways of Looking at a Shit Bird (1:40) / Tom Clark -- Going to School in France or America (0:33) / Tom Clark -- Ode to the Futurist Painters and Poets (1:13) / Ron Padgett -- Ode To Mussolini (0:33) / Ron Padgett -- Ode To Giuseppe Ungarett (0:50) / Ron Padgett -- Ode To The Astronauts (0:26) / Ron Padgett -- Fiat Ode (0:27) / Ron Padgett -- Outside Fargo, North Dakota (0:28) / James Wright -- Beyond Fargo (1:54) / Tom Clark & Ron Padgett -- Joe Brainard's Painting Bingo (0:55) / Ron Padgett -- Portrait of Alex for Alex (0:46) / Ron Padgett -- The Bluebirds (0:13) / Tom Clark -- Pop (0:13) / Tom Clark -- The Fire Dance (0:35) / Tom Clark -- Spectacles (0:45) / Tom Clark -- Snakes (0:11) / Tom Clark -- Baseball (0:40) / Tom Clark -- [postcard poem] (0:15) / Ron Padgett -- [postcard poem] (0:10) / Tom Clark -- Bun (2:34) / Tom Clark & Ron Padgett -- Detach, Invading (1:00) / Ron Padgett -- Body English (2:15) / Ron Padgett -- To Francis Sauf Que (1:46) / Ron Padgett -- The Statue Of A Libertine (2:55) / Ron Padgett -- Strawberries In Mexico (3:24) / Ron Padgett -- Can’t See (0:22) Ron Padgett -- Taxi (1:00) / Ron Padgett -- The Singer (0:20) / Ron Padgett -- Nature of Terrain (0:22) / Ron Padgett -- I Want A Lamp (0:08) / Ron Padgett -- People Grow Up (0:06) / Ron Padgett -- Hat (0:05) / Ron Padgett -- Three Bears (0:05) / Ron Padgett -- Sleepy (0:05) / Ron Padgett -- Jet Plane (0:03) / Ron Padgett -- Sickness (0:06) / Ron Padgett -- The Haunted House (0:21) / Ron Padgett -- Explanatory Ways (0:16) / Tom Clark -- Hitching (0:44) / Tom Clark -- Sunglasses (0:36) / Tom Clark -- Eyeglasses (0:33) / Tom Clark -- A Pity (0:11) / Tom Clark -- Superballs (1:00) / Tom Clark -- [untitled poem] (0:24) / Tom Clark -- [a sonnet] (0:40) / Tom Clark -- Daily News (0:37) / Tom Clark -- I’m On An Island (0:20) / Tom Clark -- The Top of the World (1:01) / Tom Clark -- [untitled poem] (0:25) / Tom Clark -- The Yearbook (0:27) / Tom Clark
Performers:  Tom Clark, reader
Ron Padgett, reader
Genre:  Poetry
Subject:  Poetry
People:  Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Clark, Tom, 1941-; Padgett, Ron, 1942-; Wright, James Arlington, 1927-1980
Recording Date:  3/5/1968
First Broadcast Date:  9/8/1969
 
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