Joseph Brodsky reads from Selected Poems (1973). Eleven years after this reading, Brodsky would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The English translations of Brodsky's poems (by George L. Kline) are read aloud by Steve Orlen. Orlen reads each poem in English, followed by Brodsky's riveting performance of the poem in Russian.
In this reading, Robert Bly treats the audience to translations of Issa, Neruda, and Kabir more than five years before they began to be collected in his books. He also reads uncollected poems and poems from his book The Light Around the Body, which was published the year following this reading.