David Ball reads from various sources.

Tom Raworth reads from The Relation Ship, Into the Living Sea, the big green day (Trigram, 1968)and from Lion Lion (Trigam Press, 1970).



David Ball is currently a professor of French at Smith College, he has published his poetry in the Atlantic Monthly, and Locus Solus, Poor.Old.Tired.Horse, Blue Pig which he was co-editor, Outburst, Jazz Poems, The Wyvenhoe[?] Park Review, etc, etc and a wide variety of publications. He has two tiny books that were published in London, we just wanted to tell you, and two and he has two long, long poems that are published by the Matrix Press, and a long poem, titled "The Boring Poems", which he will read tonight. This will also be published in Copenhagen with a French title. David Ball has spent the last ten years in Paris. He has some other poem sequences which have been published along with Tom Raworth and others and he has worked with Tom Raworth on the translation of several of Rene Char's poems, one of which received an accolade from Rene Chard himself. We give you David Ball.


Annotation-- David Ball


Reads first line "The smell of printer's ink was more than I could bear..."


David Ball


From Anti-Tish happenings, "The Second".


Annotation-- David Ball


Reads "The Second".


David Ball


That's the end of the "Nusone poems"[?]


Annotation-- David Ball


Reads "One: Stone face of..."




Tom Raworth is a central figure in the emergence of the British Avant-Guard, he is also well represented in most forward North American publications, he was the editor of the underground Goliard Press before it was taken up as the revolutionary branch of  Johnathan Cape books, and his own publications include The Relation Ship, The Big Green Day and most recently, Lion, Lion, poetry that along with that of Anslem Hollo, and Turn Bull [?] will define what happened in the British verse of the 60's. Cape Goliard has also published his Serial Biography which is a most exciting experiment on the British prose scene, and he is also one of the first poets to be heard on Steam Records, a series of LP's presenting leading American and British poets reading their works. This year, he is poet in residence at Essex.


Tom Raworth


This is a poem called "My Face is My Own, I Thought".


Annotation-- Tom Raworth


Reads "My Face is My Own, I Thought".


Tom Raworth


These are two poems about children, the first poem's called "Three".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Three".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Morning".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "The Third Retainer".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "September Morning".


Tom Raworth -- Tom Raworth


This poem is called "Shoes".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Shoes".


Tom Raworth


This is a poem in eight parts called "Love Poem".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Love Poem".

Tom Raworth


This is a short poem called "Georgia on My Mind".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Georgia on My Mind".


Tom Raworth


This is a poem called "Got Me" which is difficult to read because the last part of the poem is the first part of it, corrected.


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Got Me".


Tom Raworth


This poem is called "Wham! The Race Begins".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Wham! The Race Begins".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Hot Day at the Races".


Tom Raworth


I'll just read a few poems from a book called Lion, Lion. The quote from the beginning is from an old poem from Gregory Corso, called "Dementia in an African Apartment House"


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Dementia in an African Apartment House"


Tom Raworth


The first poem is called "Lion, Lion".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Lion, Lion".


Tom Raworth


This is a poem in four parts called "Traveling".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Traveling".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "The Plaza in the Flaming Orange Trees".


Tom Raworth


This poem is called "Dear Sir, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Dear Sir, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers".


Tom Raworth


This is called "King of the Snow".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "King of the Snow".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "South America".


Tom Raworth


This is a poem called "Claudette Colbert" by Billy Wilder, and all the lines are just by Billy Wilder, they're from films that he made with Claudette Colbert.


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Claudette Colbert".


Tom Raworth


The last poem in Lion, Lion is called "Vensuramos".



Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Vensuramos".


Tom Raworth


I'll just read a few poems from, that I've been working on recently, that's a sequence called "Into the Living Sea" from a poem by John Clare called "I Am", the middle stanza of which goes "Into the nothingness of scorn and noise, into the living sea of waking dream, where there is neither sense of life, nor joys, but the huge shipwreck of my own esteem, and all that's dear, even those that I love the best are strange, nay, they are stranger than the rest". The first poem is called "The Moon Upon the Waters".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "The Moon Upon the Waters".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Reverse Map".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Who Would True Valor See".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "The Corpse in My Head".


Tom Raworth


This is a poem called "Helpston, 950 Pound Stone-Built Residence"


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Helpston, 950 Pound Stone-Built Residence".


Tom Raworth


This is just a short poem called "The Stroboscopic Forest Light Plays" .


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "The Stroboscopic Forest Light Plays".



Tom Raworth


I'll just read two more poems. This one's called "Purely Personal".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Purely Personal".


Tom Raworth


The last poem's called "Notes of the Song: Ain't Gunna Stay in This Town Long".


Annotation -- Tom Raworth


Reads "Notes of the Song: Ain't Gunna Stay in This Town Long".











Works Cited

Raworth, Tom. The big green day: poems. London: Tigram Press, 1968.

---. The relationship. London, Cape Goliard, 1969.

Robinson, Kit. "Thomas Moore Raworth." Poets of Great Britain and Ireland Since 1960. Ed. Vincent B. Sherry. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 40. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Concordia University Library, Montreal. September 25, 2009 <http://0-go.galegroup.com.mercury.concordia.ca/ps/start.do? p=LitRC&u=concordi_main>.

"David Ball." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Literature Resource Center. Gale. Concordia University Library, Montreal. September 25, 2009 <http://0-go.galegroup.com.mercury.concordia.ca/ps/start.do?p=LitRC&u=concordi_main>.


Howard Fink list of poems:

on one 5”, mono, single track, tape, @ 3 3/4 ips, lasting 65 mins.

David Ball:
1.  First line “The smell of printers ink was more...”
2.  “The Second”
3.  First line “Stone face of...”

Tom Raworth:
1. “My Face is My Own Thought”
2. “Three”
3. “Morning”
4. “The Third Retainer”
5. “September Morning”
6. “Shoes”
7. “Love Poem”
8. “Georgia on My Mind”
9. “Got Me"
10. “Wham! The Race Begins”
11. “Hot Day at the Races”
12. “Lion Lion”
13. “Travelling”
14. “The Plaza in the Flaming Orange Trees:
15. “Dear Sir, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers.
16. “King of Snow”
17. “South America”
18. “Claud et Colbert” by Billy Wilder
19. First line “Death came as the lion spoke...”
20. “The Moon upon the Waters”
21. “Reverse Map”
22. First Line “Everything is done to the ticking of a clock...”
23. “The Corps in My Head”
24. First Line “The view is again...
25. First Line “Gentlt (?) the walk to the door...”
26. “Purely Personal”
27. “Notes of the Song: Ain’t going to stay in this town long”

* Second page of Tom Raworth poems (discrepancies)
1.  “My Face Is My Own, I Thought”
7.  “Love Poem” (serial poem)
13.  “Travelling” (serial poem)
14.  “The Flowers Are In The Flaming Orange Trees”
16.  “King of the Snow”
18.  “Claudette Colbert”
19.  “Vensuramos”
20.  “Into The Living Sea”
21.  “The Moon Upon the Waters”
22.  “Who Would True Valor See”
23.  “The Corps In My Head”
24.  “Help....Stone Residence” (something lost)
25.  “The Strob Light Blaze”


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

David Ball and Tom Raworth at SGWU, 1970

Catalog numberI006-11-133
LabelsOn one 5”, mono, single track, tape, @ 3 3/4 ips.
Sound qualityGood
SpeakersDavid Ball, Tom Raworth, unknown male Introducer
DateMarch 2, 1970

00:00- Unknown Male introduces David Ball

01:40- David Ball reads first line “The Smell of printer’s ink was more than...”

11:38- Reads “The Second”

13:28- Reads first line “One: Stone face of..” (series)

18:26- Unknown Male introduces Tom Raworth

19:44- Tom Raworth reads “My Face is My Own, I Thought”

20:19- Introduces “Three” and “Morning”

20:26- Reads “Three”

20:51- Reads “Morning”

21:17- Reads “The Third Retainer”

21:54- Reads “September Morning”

22:40- Reads “Shoes”

23:35- Reads “Love Poem”

25:06- Reads “Georgia On My Mind”

25:32- Introduces “Got Me”

25:43- Reads “Got Me”

26:17- Reads “Wham! The Race Begins”

26:53- Reads “Hot Day at the Races”

27:50- Introduces “Lion Lion”

28:02- Reads Gregory Corso poem, “Dementia in an African Apartment House”

28:10- Reads “Lion, Lion”

28:27- Reads “Traveling”

29:23- Reads “The Plaza in the Flaming Orange Trees”

30:08- Reads “Dear Sir, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers, Flying Saucers”

30:53- Reads “King of the Snow”

31:39- Reads “South America”

33:00- Introduces “Claudette Colbert by Billy Wilder”

33:15- Reads “Claudette Colbert by Billy Wilder”

34:12- Reads “Vensuramos”

34:46- Introduces “The Moon Upon the Waters”

35:27- Reads “The Moon Upon the Waters”

36:35- Reads “Reverse Map”

37:21- Reads “Who Would True Valor See”

37:56- Reads “The Corpse in My Head”

38:33- Reads “Helpston,£9,850. Stone Built Residence”

39:26- Reads “The Stroboscopic Forest Light Plays”

39:40- Reads “Purely Personal”

40:19- Reads “Notes of the Song: Ain’t Gunna Stay in This Town Long”