Galway Kinnell reads primarily from his 1968 collection of poems Body Rags, which received a special mention from the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969. He begins by discussing and reading poems by Tu Fu, James Wright, Theodore Roethke, Robert Bly, and Walt Whitman.
Jim Harrison reads widely from his earliest collections of poetry: Plain Song (1965), Locations (1968), and Outlyer & Ghazals (1971).
Although this reading takes place six years before the publication of Except by Nature, most of the poems read come from the working manuscript for the book. This reading was originally given with Pete Fromm.