Barbara Howes reads from Light and Dark (Wesleyan University Press, 1959), Looking Up at Leaves (Knopf, 1966), and From the Green Antilles: Writings of the Caribbean, (Macmillan, 1966) as well as some poems from unknown sources.

Introducer - Stanton Hoffman

00:00:00.00

The reading this evening is by Miss Barbara Howes.  Miss Barbara Howes was born in Boston and educated at Bennington College.  She has published four volumes of poems: The Undersea Farmer, which was published in 1948 by the Banyan Press; In the Cold Country, which was was published by Bonaci and Saul in cooperation with Grove Press in 1954, Light and Dark, which was published by Wellesley University Press in 1959, and the recent Looking up at Leaves, which was published by Knopf in 1966 and which was nominated for the National Book Awards.  She has been the editor of a volume of writings of the Carribean which was published by MacMillan in 1966 and Twenty-three Modern Stories published in 1963 by Vintage Books.  In 1949, she won the Bess Hawkin Prize of Poetry Magazine, in 1955 she held a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1957, she won the Brandeis Poetry Award.  Her poems have appeared in many journals, such as Harpers Bazaar, New World Writing, Poetry, Suani Review, New Republic, and so forth.  And next week in New York City, Miss Howes will be reading as part of series, or brothers, as part of reading, as part of a reading by fifteen or so other poets, as part of a Poets for Peace, sponsored by the Compassionate Art of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Barbara Howes.

 

Annotation

00:01:48.08

Applause

 

Barbara Howes

00:02:17.74

Thank you very much, Mr. Hoffman, I'm delighted to be here.  If you can't hear me, raise your hands or let me know by some other device.  Is this a microphone or does this have to do with this machine?  Well I'll try to be clear.  I thought rather than read a kind of segmented, like a string of sausages, series of poems, going on and on and on, which gives one very little hope that it'll ever end, it'd be better to say that I'm going to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that would be...and so I've arranged the poems in this way, so you will have hope that I won't continue forever, which has been done, in the annals of poetry.  I wanted to write, read some poems that have to do with place, because I've thought a lot about the effect of place on poems, and to what extent the place you're in influences what you write.  One's imagination would never become extended in certain directions if you hadn't happened to live in a certain place.  I was very conscious of that when we lived in Florence for two years and when my older boy was born, and subsequently for another two years.  And I would never--because we--I would never possibly have been able to think, I mean this is obvious in a way, but it gets more complicated, of... Some of the imaginative happenings that occurred would, could never have happened, well in Massachusetts or anywhere else, and also even in, I mean in Vermont, where we now live, have been profoundly affected by the section of the mountain which we life.  And also we spent some time in Haiti, and so on and so forth, so this first group will be mostly poems that have a lot to do with experiences that have happened because of a particular place.  The first poem is an Italian poem, or written out of Italy, called "Primavera."

 

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00:04:48.45

Reads "Primavera"  [INDEX:  horse, sick, city, Florence, Italy, riding, catacomb, past, history, stone, journey, Giotto, Aphrodite, art, architecture]

 

Barbara Howes

00:06:19.55

This is called "The Triumph of Love."

 

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00:06:27.76

Reads "The Triumph of Love"  [INDEX: Italy, city, Venice, art, Veronese, sight, gaze, painting, palace, love]

 

Barbara Howes

00:07:18.49

Then for summer, we lived in a little town in the south of France, La Bandue, and it was a very good summer all in all, although, except we had no car and a very big house with only about one room on a floor.  So the baby was on the top floor, and the kitchen, it's one burner, was on, you know, it's four floors down.  And I would rush up and pick him up and then put him back in his bed, and then rush down and light the burner, and then rush up and get him, and then rush down.  So it was difficult in some ways.  But one of our entertainments, or entertainments that seemed to certainly entertain friends was to go to an island off Toulon called Ile le Bon, which is half a naval base and half a colony.  And you could go out there in a small--it took about an hour in a small boat, and one time we stood on the dock not quite sure what to do next.  Another person who'd come in the boat with us in very high heels and an enormous black hat removed everything else and ran up the hill.  [Laughter]  So this is “L'Ile du Levant, the Nudist Colony”.

 

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00:08:55.16

Reads "L'Ile du Levant, the Nudist Colony"  [INDEX: place, island, France, plants, cicadas, colony, nudist, vacation, display, clothes, body, skin, dusk]

 

Barbara Howes

00:10:59.68

Now living as I do in the country in Vermont, there comes that terrible time in November when all the hunters from the cities come rushing up with their pint bottles and their confusion and they lounge around half the time sitting in cars and shooting vaguely at anything.   So I used to try to write an anti-hunter poem every fall, I don't know about this year, I haven't got an idea yet, but I may see if I can do something.  "In Autumn."  Excuse me.

 

Annotation

00:11:37.54

Reads "In autumn red men come"  [INDEX: place, Vermont, city, rural, country, hunter, hunting, game, cars, guns, blood, body, red, male, stag]

 

Barbara Howes

00:12:29.14

And this is another on the same subject.

 

Annotation

00:12:39.74

Reads "Landscape, Deer Season"  [INDEX: buck, gun, deer, hunting, body, blood, sun, country, place, Vermont, death]

 

Barbara Howes

00:13:16.64

This is another Pownal poem, it's really two things put together.  It's called "A Night Picture of Pownal, for JFK."  And I stood one evening in very bright moonlight looking out at the shadow of the apple tree across the road on the snow and it made an impression on me, I began to take notes in the dark as best I could on it.  And then later, shortly after that, for the death of Kennedy, then I saw the poem wasn't, it was inadequate, and I somehow put, wove those two things together.

 

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00:14:06.55

Reads "A Night Picture of Pownal, for JFK"  [INDEX:   place, night, Pownal, Kennedy, history, Matthew Brady, civil war, moon, sound, death, tree, sight, tragedy, stain]

 

Barbara Howes

00:15:19.87

Another Vermont poem or Pownal poem on a more cheerful note.  "Town Meeting, Tuesday."  Town meeting is the first Tuesday in March, and many of the people who have stayed in all winter then emerge like woodchucks from their houses.

 

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00:15:45.72

Reads "Town Meeting, Tuesday"  [INDEX: place, Vermont, trees]

 

Barbara Howes

00:16:22.11

Now, we spent two or three Easter vacations in the islands of the Caribbean, we went to Guadeloupe once for two weeks.  And most of the time I find I write fish poems when I go down to the islands but this one is about a dead toucan in Guadeloupe.  There was a little, well, a strange little zoo at the small hotel where we stayed and we would look at these creatures and one day I went and there was the toucan and it had fallen over dead.  Somehow, it made an impression on me.  "Dead Toucan, Guadeloupe."

 

Barbara Howes

00:17:04.97

Reads "Dead Toucan, Guadeloupe"  [INDEX: place, Guadeloupe, nature, bird, toucan, death, animals]

 

Barbara Howes

00:17:55.63

I hope you can hear--can you hear me?  In the back rows?  We also spent some time in Haiti, earlier, and I'd like to read a couple of poems from that period.  This was a thing--it could perfectly well have happened elsewhere but it was the kind of thing that, after we lived in Haiti for a while, I could see very clearly, would definitely have to happen there.  There was a young man of about nineteen, very talented as a painter, and did, had just tried out through the art centre there, and doing really quite good and interesting work.  And he needed a job so he could buy paints and paper, and anyway just to exist.  So an American woman had two small boys and he said he could look after them and play ball and, you know, keep them out of trouble and so on and so forth.  And she said, Can you swim? And he said, Oh yes, of course.  So the boys dove into the pool because they had been swimming, as most American boys do, for years.  And he dove into the pool, and didn't come up.  And nobody was around except some workers who were fixing the garden.  But like everybody, almost, in Haiti, they didn't want to get involved, because then the police might ask them questions, and then at the end there's trouble, so the poor young man just died, because the little boys couldn't do anything, and nobody else did anything.  And so that made an impression on me.  But it's the kind of unfortunate tragedy, due to his saying that he could swim and he couldn't, just because he was so desperately anxious to get the job, and he just made himself believe he could swim.  Just a complete waste.

 

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00:20:10.96

Reads ["In a prospect of flowers, of a painter drowned in his twentieth year"]  [INDEX:  place, Haiti, art, artist, picture, water, pool, death, drowning, Icarus, elegy, ideal]

 

Barbara Howes

00:21:10.11

"Mirror Image, Port-au-Prince."  This, there was a little sign on a tree we used to pass every day and then I thought of this poem.

 

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00:21:19.76

Reads "Mirror Image, Port-au-Prince"  [INDEX: place, Haiti, mirror, makeup, woman, hairdresser]

 

Barbara Howes

00:21:59.25

There's one other.  Oh yes.

 

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00:22:06.35

Reads "On a Bougainvillea Vine at the Summer Palace."  [INDEX: place, Haiti, lizard, nature, animals, palace, couple, winter]

 

Barbara Howes

00:23:36.20

Well, this is one of the fishing poems from the, from Barbados, from the islands.

 

Annotation

00:23:46.38

Reads "Out Fishing"  [INDEX: place, Barbados, ocean, fishing, fish, boat, war]

 

Barbara Howes

00:24:58.36

This poem is written in one foot, it's just an experiment to see what would happen.  I, you know, diameter's two feet, or is it, trimeter is three feet.  And tetrameter is four, and pentameter is five.  One foot means you just have one sound, like that, and it's just, was a technical experiment, but I might as well read it.  And it's also another fish poem.

 

Annotation

00:25:32.07

Reads "The Crane Chub, Barbados"  [INDEX: place, Barbados, fish, ocean, chub, eating, food, lover, absence]

 

Barbara Howes

00:26:18.17

Here's a fish, well, a jellyfish poem, from Texas.

 

Annotation

00:26:32.40

Reads "On Galveston Beach"  [INDEX: place, Texas, Galveston Beach, ocean, beach, fish, jellyfish]

 

Barbara Howes

00:27:32.20

And then there's the last Caribbean poem, I'll let from the Caribbean.

 

Annotation

00:27:45.68

Reads ["Breezeways in the tropics winnow the air"]  [INDEX: place, Carribean, wind, air, nature, time, memory, remembrance]

 

Barbara Howes

00:28:59.64

I've thought I would read just a few poems by modern poets that I like, they're not by any means their strongest or anything, but they're just ones I'm attached to.  The first I cut out of the paper once, a long time ago.  It's by an African schoolgirl, and I think it's very imaginative.  It's awkward but it's really quite wonderful.

 

Annotation

00:29:38.77

Reads ["What a wonderful bird, the fraga"] by Unknown.  [INDEX: nature, animal, bird, fraga]

 

Barbara Howes

00:29:53.10

This is an early poem of Wystan Auden's that he kept out of, he didn't use in his book and then he printed again in a recent edition.  I think it's technically as awfully, it's light verse but it's also very serious underneath, as good light verse can me.  Poem.

 

Annotation

00:30:15.53

Reads ["For what is easy, for what though small"] by W.E. Auden.  [INDEX: word, heart, memory]

 

Barbara Howes

00:30:57.13

And this is a, I think a simply charming poem by Richard Wilbur.  It gets...it's about the Piazza di Espagna, the Spanish Steps in Rome, and it gets the feeling of someone gliding, really gliding down that long, gorgeous stairway.

 

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00:31:22.54

Reads "Piazza Di Espagna, Early Morning" by Richard Wilbur  [INDEX: place, Rome, Spanish Steps, woman, movement, leaf, beauty, ignorance]

 

Barbara Howes

00:32:11.33

This is a poem by Louise Bogan, who's a very well known American poet, a very recent one that she, that came out in The New Yorker, this summer, I think.

 

Annotation

00:32:27.50

Reads "Masked Woman Song" by Louise Bogan.  [INDEX: sight, woman, man, face, mask, virtue, evil, beauty]

 

Barbara Howes

00:32:51.27

It's a difficult poem, might read that again, if you don't mind.

 

Annotation

00:32:56.12

Rereads "Masked Woman Song" by Louise Bogan.

 

Barbara Howes

00:33:17.51

And then, the last, oh, oh that's right, I thoght I would read a poem by Derek Walcott, which I used in this Carribean Anthology. It's mostly short stories but I put a poem in front of each language section.  This is by Derek Walcott who's a young poet from St. Lucia, called "Missing the Sea."

 

Annotation

00:33:48.15

Reads "Missing the Sea" by Derek Walcott  [INDEX: place, house, absence, sea, sound, dead]

 

Barbara Howes

00:34:31.17

It's quite a difficult poem but you...he had a book out, oh, can't remember the name, by Farrar, Straus & Giroux a couple of years ago, in the United States.  And the last of this group is a poem that I've heard about a hundred thousand times, but it still gives me a chill.  It's called "American Primitive," by William J. Smith

 

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00:35:06.77

Reads "American Primitive" by William J. Smith  [INDEX: man, clothes, money, America, father, daddy, dollar]

 

Barbara Howes

00:35:47.80

I still get a chill!  Now I don't know whether you prefer to have an intermission, and get up and smoke, or prefer for me to continue, what would you think, Stanton?

 

Annotation

00:36:06.02

Discussion off-mike, inaudible

 

Barbara Howes

00:36:08.71

Have an intermission?  So people can...breathe?

 

Annotation

00:36:17.99

Noise of people moving.

 

Annotation

00:36:23.26

Cut/Edit made in tape; unknown amount of time elapsed.  Recording recommences with Howe speaking, no introduction.

 

Barbara Howes

00:36:23.41

The problem is the third group of poems, I'd read some poems that are more or less to and about people, and some new poems, although I've noticed that most of my new poems are very depressing, and this is not a good note on which to end, so I'll maybe not read them.  I've been very much interested in old French forms, the trielle, the villanelle, the rondeau and rondelle, and ballade and so on and so forth, and they're very difficult but they're fascinating to try, at least.  And this is in the form of a trielle.  And the lines have to be repeated in a certain fashion which gives you very little room in which to maneuver.  This is called "Early Supper."

 

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00:37:14.20

Reads "Early Supper"  [INDEX: genre, form, trielle, kitchen, autumn, children, eating, cooking, food, night]

 

Barbara Howes

00:38:10.60

This is a poem I wrote for W.H. Auden for his fiftieth birthday, which was several years ago, now.  I think actually, he was last year, sixty.

 

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00:38:21.90

Reads "To W.H. Auden on his Fiftieth Birthday"  [INDEX: occasional poem, books, library, poem, poet, Auden]

 

Barbara Howes

00:39:22.24

I wrote three poems at that point about winds, and I'll just read one of them.  The winds have names in Italy and they almost become like familiar characters.  The sirocco, when it blows, is so terrible in its effect on people that if there're crimes of passion, the people generally get off with a lighter sentence, because you sell, well, the sirocco.  Naturally you can throttle your wife during that period.  This is about the mistral, which, if it blows for three days, one survives, if it blows for six days it's simply awful.  If it blows for nine days you've probably already gone out of your head.  It's a very wild wind who rushes down the Rhone Valley and just blows everything away.

 

Annotation

00:40:22.50

Reads "Mistral"  [INDEX: nature, wind, Mistral, place, Italy, solitude, sound, storm]

 

Barbara Howes

00:41:23.77

This is another one, an old French form, the rondeau, which again makes its, has its own complications because of the repetition of lines.  And what interested me to do was to try to use, not the usual subject of the rondeaux but to write about, as in this case, the death of a Vermont farm woman, instead of just doing some sort of chittery-chattery business that generally is what people use a rondeau for.

 

Annotation

00:42:03.13

Reads "Death of a Vermont Farm Woman"  [INDEX: form, genre, rondeau, death, woman, Vermont, place, farm]

 

Barbara Howes

00:42:51.28

This is a poem about a very disagreeable character, a thirteenth-century tyrant called Ugolino, who met his death from being thrown into prison to die of hunger.  He is reputed to have attempted to eat his sons, who were there with him.  I must say, it's not an agreeable picture, but I don't think there's been much improvement in that part of mankind.  Dante writes of him in the 33rd Canto of the Inferno.  This poem is called "The Critic," and I must say critics have disliked it heartily.

 

Annotation

00:43:28.07

Reads "The Critic"  [INDEX: Ugolino, Dante, critic, criticism, poets, Eliot, Yeats, eating, wisdom]

 

Barbara Howes

00:44:23.57

This is a, an odd combination about a person and about Pownal, I guess.

 

Annotation

00:44:32.72

Reads "Running into Edgar Belmar"  [INDEX: place, Vermont, Pownal, Edgar Belmar, car, children, accident]

 

Barbara Howes

00:45:27.93

This is a poem I wrote for Catherine Ann Porter on the occasion of her 75th birthday.  "For Catherine Anne Porter."

 

Annotation

00:45:39.09

Reads “For Catherine Anne Porter”  [INDEX: occasional poem, Catherine Ann Porter, birthday, birds, heron, peacock, dove, starling, nightingale, lark]

 

Barbara Howes

00:46:15.59

It's quite marvelous, those collective nouns, who would know that you call a lot of heron a siege of herons and so forth.  I'll read that again, because it really is, I was very lucky the way it worked out.

 

Annotation

00:46:31.33

Rereads ["Madam, a siege of herons salutes you"]  [INDEX: occasional poem, Catherine Ann Porter, birthday, birds, heron, peacock, dove, starling, nightingale, lark]

 

Barbara Howes

00:47:06.99

This is called "Looking up at Leaves"

 

Annotation

00:47:14.20

Reads "Looking up at Leaves"  [INDEX: nature, tree, leaves, sight, reflection]

 

Barbara Howes

00:48:09.57

I'd like to read one New England poem, this is a newer poem, I haven't read this before, I guess.

 

Annotation

00:48:16.98

Reads "Still Life, New England"  [INDEX: nature, animal, cow, birth, calf, sheep, boar, death, cat]

 

Barbara Howes

00:49:34.85

I'll read three more poems, I think.  This is "A Rune for C."-- ‘C’ was a dog of ours.

 

Annotation

00:49:51.37

Reads "A Rune for C."  [INDEX: animal, dog, sickness, omen, luck, rune, fate, death, train]

 

Barbara Howes

00:50:36.13

Actually, I had just often, I'd made up a good luck thing that seeing the caboose was good luck, but then I found out that this has been an old piece of, well, I don't know, country folklore, that to see the caboose, it means luck.  I want to read one poem about my son, and then one short one.  "Portrait of the Boy as Artist."

 

Annotation

00:51:18.65

Reads "Portrait of the Boy as Artist"  [INDEX: son, boy, artist, composer, music, painter, train, colour, poet, Theseus, Daniel Boone, youth]

 

Barbara Howes

00:52:11.56

Oh, I did want to read one that I'll read next week in New York.  This poem is a, this is a rondelle, which is another old French form.  And I'm obviously not using it for the usual subject, in this case.  It's arranged about the idea, really, of a contrast of the use of space.  "Viet-Napalm: A Rondelle."

 

Annotation

00:52:45.06

Reads "Viet Napalm: A Rondelle"  [INDEX: war, Vietnam, peace, bomb, death, face, genre, form, rondelle]

 

Barbara Howes

00:53:31.13

And then one last poem on a more cheerful note.  "Leaning into Light."

 

Annotation

00:53:44.97

Reads "Leaning into Light"  [INDEX: hibiscus, nature, plant, light, shadow, wisteria]

 

Barbara Howes

00:54:21.05

Thank you very much.

 

Annotation

00:54:23.03

Applause concludes the reading.

 

Introducer - Stanton Hoffman

00:54:38.45

One announcement, the next reading will be by Charles Reznikoff, and that's Friday, the same time, November 17th.

 

Annotation

00:54:57.60

Recording ends.

Barbara Howes at SGWU, 1967

Tape
Catalog numberI068-11-024
Duration54:57.60
Sound qualityVery Good
Reading
SpeakersBarbara Howes, introduced by Stanton Hoffman
VenueArt Gallery
DateNovember 3, 1967
Timestamps

00:00- Stanton Hoffman introduces Barbara Howes

01:48- Barbara Howes introduces reading, and “Primavera”.

04:48- Reads "Primavera"

06:29- Introduces and reads “The Triumph of Love”.

07:18- Introduces “L’Ile du Levant: The Nudist Colony”.

08:55- Reads “L’Ile du Levant: the Nudist Colony”.

10:59- Introduces “In Autumn”.

11:37- Reads "In Autumn"

12:29- Reads “Landscape, Deer Season”

13:16- Introduces “A Night Picture of Pownal for JFK”.

14:06- Reads “A Night Picture of Pownal, for JFK”.

15:19- Introduces “Town Meeting, Tuesday”.

15:45- Reads "Town Meeting, Tuesday"

16:22- Introduces “Dead Toucan, Guadeloupe”.

17:04- Reads “Dead Toucan, Guadeloupe”.

17:55- Introduces “In a Prospect of Flowers”.

20:10- Reads “In a Prospect of Flowers”.

21:10- Introduces “Mirror Image, Port-au-Prince”.

21:19- Reads “Mirror Image, Port-au-Prince”.

21:59- Reads “On Bougainvillea Vine at the Summer Palace”.  

23:36- Introduces “Out Fishing”.

23:46- Reads “Out Fishing”. 

24:58- Introduces “The Crane Chub, Barbados”.

25:32- Reads “The Crane Chub, Barbados”.

26:18- Introduces “On Galveston Beach”.

26:32- Reads "On Galveston Beach"

27:32- Introduces “A Letter from the Caribbean”.

27:45- Reads "A Letter from the Caribbean"

28:59- Introduces poem by Unknown author, first line “What a wonderful bird, the fraga”

29:38- Reads “What a wonderful bird, the fraga” by unknown poet.

29:53- Introduces unknown poem, first line “For what is easy, for what though small” by Wystan Auden.

30:15- Reads unknown poem, first line “For what is easy, for what though small” by Wystan Auden.

30:57- Introduces poem by Richard Wilbur “Piazza Di Espagna, Early Morning”.

31:22- Reads poem by Richard Wilbur “Piazza Di Espagna, Early Morning”.

32:11- Introduces poem by Louise Bogan “Masked Woman Song”.

32:27- Reads “Masked Woman Song” by Louise Bogan. 

32:51- Decides to re-read the poem

33:56- Re-reads “Masked Woman Song” by Louise Bogan.

33:17- Introduces “Missing the Sea” by Derek Walcott.

33:48- Reads “Missing the Sea” by Derek Walcott.

34:31- Explains “Missing the Sea”, introduces “American Primitive” by William J. Smith.            

35:06- Reads “American Primitive” by William J. Smith.

35:47- Introduces intermission.

36:23- Cut made in tape.

36:23- Howe introduces third group of poems and “Early Supper”.

37:14- Reads “Early Supper”.

38:10- Introduces “To W.H. Auden on his Fiftieth Birthday”.

38:21- Reads “To W.H. Auden on his Fiftieth Birthday”.

39:22- Introduces “Mistral”.

40:22- Reads “Mistral”.

41:23- Introduces “Death of a Vermont Farm Woman”.

42:03- Reads “Death of a Vermont Farm Woman”. 

42:51- Introduces “The Critic”.

43:28- Reads “The Critic”.

44:23- Introduces “Running into Edgar Blemar”.

44:32- Reads "Running into Edgar Belmar"

45:27- Introduces “For Catherine Anne Porter”.

45:39- Reads “For Catherine Anne Porter”.

46:15- Introduces unknown poem first line “For Catherine Anne Porter”.

46:31- Rereads “For Catherine Anne Porter”.

47:06- Introduces “Looking up at Leaves”.

47:14- Reads “Looking up at Leaves”.

48:09- Introduces “Still Life, New England”.

48:16- Reads “Still Life, New England”.  

49:34- Introduces “A Rune for C.”.

49:51- Reads “A Rune for C.”.

50:36- Explains “A Rune for C.”, introduces “Portrait of the Boy as Artist”.

51:18- Reads “Portrait of the Boy as Artist”. 

52:11- Introduces “Viet-Napalm: A Rondelle”.

52:45- Reads “Viet-Napalm: A Rondelle”.

53:31- Introduces “Leaning into Light”.

53:44- Reads “Leaning into Light”.

54:21- Barbara Howes thanks audience.

54:38- Stanton Hoffman makes announcement about next reading.

54:57.60- RECORDING ENDS.

References

Howard Fink Print catalogue page from Concordia University archives contains the following information:

Title: Barbara Howes reading poetry, November 3, 1967

Date: November 3, 1967

Source:  one 7”, two track tape, mono, @ 3 ¾ ips, lasting one hour and 15 mins.

1. Title: "" | First line: “The horse with consumption…”
2. Title:  The Triumph of Love | First line: ""
3. Title: "" | First line: “All the wide…”
4. Title: "" | First line: “In Autumn, red men come…”
5. Title: Landscape: Deer Season | First line: “Snorting his pleasure in the…”
6. Title: A Night Picture of Ponel for J.F.K. | First line: “Thanks to the moon…”
7. Title: Town Meeting; Tuesday | First line: “Our roadside trees…”
8. Title:  Dead Tucan; Guadeloupe | First line: “Down like the oval fall of a hammer…
9. Title: "" | First line: “As in his tomb…
10. Title:  Mirror Image: Port au Prince | First line: “Mirror image: Port au Prince…”
11. Title: "" | First line: “Under the Sovereign…”
12. Title: Out Fishing | First line: “We went out…”
13. Title: | First line: “Darling I learn the full…”
14. Title: On Galveston Beach | First line: “The sky was…”
15. Title: A Letter from the Caribbean | First line: “Breeze ways in the tropics
16. Title: poem by a young African girl [is this the real title or a stand-in?] | First line: “What a wonderful…”
17. Title: by W. H. Auden Poem | First line: “For what is easy…”
18. Title: by R. Wilbur | First line: “I can’t forget how she stood…”
19.Title: by L. Boden Masked Woman Song | First line: “Before I saw the tall…”
20. Title: by D. Walker Missing the Sea | First line: “Something removed roars in the ears…”
21.Title: by W. J. Smith American Primitive | First line: “Look at him there…”
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22. Title: Early Supper | First line: “Laughter children bring…”
23. Title: "" | First line: “Books collide…”
24. Title: Mistral "" | First line: ""
25.Title: "" | First line: “It is time now to go away…”
26. Title: The Critic | First line: “…takes his rest…”
27. Title: "" | First line: “In my fool…”
28. Title: For Katherine N. Porter | First line: “Madam, a siege…”
29. Title: Looking up at Leaves | First line: “No one need feel alone”
30. Title: Still Life: New England | First line: “From that old cow…”
31. Title: "" | First line: “Luck, I am upset…”
32.Title:  Portrait of a Boy as Artist | First line: “Were he a composer…”
33. Title: "" | First line: “To save face…”
34. Title: Leaving into Light | First line: “Beginning…”

Works Cited

Grosholz, Emily. "Howes, Barbara". The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English. Ian Hamilton (ed). Oxford University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. Concordia University Library, Montreal. November 11, 2009. <http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.mercury.concordia.ca/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t58.e531>.

Howes, Barbara. Looking Up at Leaves. Poetry Magazine. Volume 109, January 1967, Page 270. March 28, 2010. <http://www.poetrymagazine.org/magazine/s9.html>.

---. Light and Dark. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1959.

---. Looking Up at Leaves. New York: Knopf, 1966.

--. (ed) From the Green Antilles: Writings of the Caribbean. New York: Macmillan, 1966.

Pace, Eric. “Barbara Howes, Poet and Editor, Dies at 81”. New York Times. February 25, 1996. New York Edition: Obituary, page 139. November 11, 2009. < http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/25/us/barbara-howes-poet-and-editor-dies-at-81.html?pagewanted=1>.

“Barbara Howes (1914-1996)”. Poetry Foundation. Poet Biography. Poetry Foundation: 2009. November 11, 2009. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=3307>.

"Howes, Barbara". The Oxford Companion to American Literature. James D. Hart (ed). Phillip W. Leininger (rev.). Oxford University Press 1995. Oxford Reference Online.Concordia University Library, Montreal. November 11, 2009. <http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.mercury.concordia.ca/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t123.e2285>.

“Poetry Readings”. Post-Grad. [Sir George Williams University, Montreal.] Spring 1967: page 20.

“SGWU To Have Poetry Series”. The Gazette. September 14, 1967: page 15. <http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=np8tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PKAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4195,2837932&dq=sir+george+williams+poetry&hl=en>.

 

Transcription by Rachel Kyne

Print Catalogue, Research, Introduction and Edits by Celyn Harding-Jones.


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