Reading Ted Berrigan’s Poetry: Alice, Anselm, and Edmund

This is quite a treat for fans of the Berrigan/Notley family of poets: Don Yorty recently posted some footage of a reading that took place in 2011 at (the amazing) St. Marks Bookstore in New York to celebrate the publication of The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan.  The book was edited by Berrigan’s widow, Alice Notley, and their two sons, the poets Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, and the event featured all three members of the family reading selections from Ted’s work.

Yorty has posted three clips — first, Anselm Berrigan reading from his father’s long poem “Tambourine Life,” Notley reading from Easter Morning, and Edmund Berrigan reading selections from A Certain Slant of Light.

Here is Anselm Berrigan’s reading sections 1-23 of “Tambourine Life”:


You can visit Yorty’s blog to see all three clips as well his own reflections on the event.




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