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William Carlos Williams: Live!

Thanks to advances in digital technology, a great many archival recordings of 20th century poetry that were formerly judged to be of too poor sound quality or too fragile source material for general dissemination are now available for streaming on the World Wide Web.
One of the richest archives of recorded readings dating over seven decades is that of the  
Unterberg Poetry Center located in the 92nd Street Y in New York City, home to one of this country's best known programs of readings, seminars, and writing workshops hosted in the organization's facilities at Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street in Manhattan.
The very first poetry reading at the 92nd Street Y was given by William Carlos Williams in October of 1939. While no recording of that reading exists, the Poetry Center at the Y recently posted an 18-minute, 41-second excerpt of a subsequent reading by Dr. Williams at the Y on Jan. 27, 1954.
Download the MP3 podcast of the audio file for later listening.
--R.D. Pohl


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