W. S. Merwin: April 26, 1961

The Poetry Center presents W. S. Merwin reading from his collection The Drunk in the Furnace and unpublished poems.

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APA
Location
San Francisco State College, Downtown Center
Date
04/26/1961
Total Run Time
01:02:32
Contributor
Mark Linenthal
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2472
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  • Remarks by Mark Linenthal introducing W. S. Merwin as poet and translator (00:01)
  • Opening remarks by W. S. Merwin, saying that he will read work mainly from his latest collection of poems The Drunk in the Furnace (01:09)
  • Remarks on "A Choice of Prides" and Montaigne (02:36)
  • "A Choice of Prides" (04:09)
  • Further remarks on "A Choice of Prides" and begins remarks on "The Drunk in the Furnace," Brecht's Mother Courage, and Pennsylvania (05:43)
  • "The Drunk in the Furnace" (09:21)
  • Remarks on "Odysseus" (10:55)
  • "Odysseus" (11:48)
  • Remarks on "Sea Wife" as a counter-piece to "Odysseus" (12:52)
  • "Sea Wife" (13:49)
  • Further remarks on "Sea Wife" and "Small Woman on Swallow Street" (15:38)
  • "Small Woman on Swallow Street" (17:18)
  • Further remarks on "Small Woman on Swallow Street" and "Grandfather of the Old Men's Home" (18:46)
  • "Grandfather of the Old Men's Home" (20:52)
  • Remarks on "Grandmother Watching at Her Window" as a counter-piece to "Grandfather of the Old Men's Home" (22:16)
  • "Grandmother Watching at Her Window" (24:42)
  • Remarks on "One Eye" (25:57)
  • "One Eye" (26:39)
  • Remarks on his break in writing and the new poems after the break beginning with "Home for Thanksgiving" (29:06)
  • "Home for Thanksgiving" (30:45)
  • Remarks on "A Letter from Gussie" as a counter-piece to "Home for Thanksgiving" (33:34)
  • "A Letter from Gussie" (34:34)
  • Remarks on the next few poems' connections, beginning with "Views from the High Camp" (36:41)
  • "Views from the High Camp" (38:11)
  • Remarks on "Foreign Summer" (39:26)
  • "Foreign Summer" (39:57)
  • Remarks on "Acclimatization" (41:11)
  • "Acclimatization" (41:35)
  • Remarks on "Sire" (43:05)
  • "Sire" (43:40)
  • Remarks that the next three poems deal with "what you find yourself surrounded with" and that they are in prose (45:53)
  • "Savonarola" (46:59)
  • "No Man's Goody" (47:10)
  • "Lost Month" (47:37)
  • Remarks on the idea of "decision" in "The Nails" (48:40)
  • "The Nails" (49:43)
  • Remarks on "To My Brother Hanson" (51:41)
  • "To My Brother Hanson" (52:44)
  • Remarks that the next two poems are about "departures that haven't been made" (55:16)
  • "In the Night Fields" (55:39)
  • Remarks on "October" (57:02)
  • "October" (57:25)
  • Remarks on "Departure's Girlfriend" (58:31)
  • "Departure's Girlfriend" (59:08)
  • Remarks on "The Poem" (1:00:52)
  • "The Poem" (1:01:52)

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