Private: Poetry on tape

The poetry recordings at San Francisco’s Poetry Center are among the most extensive in the country and are in need of preservation. Heidi Benson writes about the Center, allegedly masterminded or inspired by Dylan Thomas, and some of the recordings that can be found there:

Now, it is here in these archives that you can see Frank O’Hara … caught on film in his dinky New York apartment. A cat nuzzles the typewriter as the poet puffs endless cigarettes, issues pronouncements (“You don’t need to eat croissants to understand French poetry”) and reads poems including “Ave Maria,” which starts with a bang: “Mothers of America, let your kids go to the movies!”

(Thanks for the link, Emma.)