George Oppen reads from Of Being Numerous, specifically the long poem “The Route”.

Introducer (George Bowering?)

00:00:00.00

This evening, we're having George Oppen, who is going to start off the third series, now I want to keep this introduction to George very succinct, and I'm going to quote a part of the letter that he sent to us, [inaudible] his activities, I think it adequately, perhaps, sums up what he's been about. It goes like this: "A bibliography in so far as my memory will produce it. Objectivist Issue of Poetry, Chicago, circa 1932. A book, Discreet Series, Objectivist Press, 1934, re-issued by Asphodel Press, 463 Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio. Pound's Active Anthology, 1936, a number of little magazines during 33, 34, Hound and Horn, I believe, Lion and Crown, etc. There it is, you'll see, 25 year gap. Touched on in some of the poems including [inaudible] in this [inaudible.] A forthcoming book, Of Being Numerous, New Directions scheduled for the spring of 1968." And he ends by saying "there is a moral [inaudible] one has in fact a great deal of triumph, and then, recently, he has had the following books done: This in Which, by New Directions, 1957, The Materials, New Directions again, 1962, Of Being Numerous, 1968. Now if there's any a book of poems, Discrete Series, there is a long preface by Ezra Pound, I'd like to quote a segment of that, which goes like this: "I salute a serious craftsman, a sensibility which is not every man's sensibility, and which is not been got out of other man's books." Ladies and gentlemen, George Oppen.

 

George Oppen

00:02:48.30

I think I will, I plan to read two of the longer poems in the last volume, so I will just read the poems. Without pleasantries and so on. We can easily make a conversation afterwards if you want, but I think I better just read the poems, read the poems, and I'll make a few intermissions, it's a great deal of poetry both for you and for me, at a single sitting, and we'll make intermissions however you think are [inaudible.] I'll start with the poem in [inaudible], called "The Route". That's r-o-u-t-e, route.

 

Annotation

00:03:37.54

Reads "The Route".

 

Annotation

00:18:45.49

CUT

 

Annotation

00:18:58.90

Begins after CUT "Things relive, and to see them is to know ourselves..."

 

Annotation

00:22:14.40

[CUT] Begins again "When, as the intensity of things increase..."

 

Annotation

00:40:12.69

END OF RECORDING

 

 

 

George Oppen at SGWU, 1968

Tape
Catalog numberI086-11-040
NotesThe Gazette announces reading as March 8, 1968, but perhaps it was changed.
Labelsone 5” mono, single track reel, @ 3 3/4 ips
Duration40:12.69
Sound qualityPoor
Reading
SpeakersGeorge Oppen, introduced by Roy Kiyooka
VenueUnknown
DateOctober 25, 1968
Timestamps

00:00- Introducer (Roy Kiyooka) introduces George Oppen , The Materials, New Directions Press, 1962, This In Which, New Directions Press, 1957]

02:48- George Oppen introduces “The Route”.

03:37- Reads “The Route”.

40:12- END OF RECORDING

References

Works Cited

Sutton, Mark. “Oppen, George”. Literature Online Biography. H.W. Wilson Company, Proquest: 2002. Concordia University Library, Montreal. September 16, 2009. <http://0-gateway. proquest.com.mercury.concordia.ca/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&xri:pqil:res_ver=0.2&res_id=xri:lion-us&rft_id=xri:lion:rec:ref:BIO003143>.

"Oppen, George". 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. September 16, 2009. <http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.mercury.concordia.ca/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t123.e3584>.

“Poetry Readings”. OP-ED. [Sir George Williams University, Montreal.] October 6, 1967. Page 6.

“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>.

 

From the “Howard Fink” list of poems:

25/11/68
one 5” mono, single track reel, @ 3 3/4 ips, lasting 40 min.

1.  “The Route”.

 

Transcript, Research, Introduction and Edits by Celyn Harding-Jones


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