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Cid Corman reading Oral Poetry and Emily Dickinson

Cid Corman reading Oral Poetry and Emily Dickinson

In 1973, Cid Corman and his wife Shizumi Konishi Corman opened CC's, a coffeeshop in Kyoto, Japan. The second floor was a tatami space with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and a space where Cid hosted readings and talks. Soon after opening the shop Cid invited one of his many correspondents, an American named John Levy, to work at the shop for room and board. In 1974 John taped some of the readings and talks on poetry Cid gave. During these gatherings of Cid's friends and customers (often other American & British writers), the group would sit, often in a circle, on the tatami mats. Some of this material is from a reel-to-reel made by Corman in 1969.

Copyright for these recordings is held by John Levy and Bob Arnold, the executor of Cid Corman’s estate. For permission to reproduce any portion of these recordings, please email both John Levy at [email protected] and Bob Arnold at [email protected]

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