Scope and Content Note
The Richard Dankleff Sound Recording consists of readings by Dankleff of his own poems as well as selections by William Butler Yeats and William Shakespeare. The recording is about 60 minutes in length and includes 48 poems. Dankleff begins with Shakespeare and several pieces by William Butler Yeats. He then reads his own work, alternating between pieces that had been published in Popcorn Girl and what Dankleff referred to as his "Merchant Marine Poems". These are earlier versions of poems that would later be published in Off Watch. A full listing of the contents of the recording are available with the CD.
The recording was made in the late 1980s for John and Diana Van Driesche, and their son Richard, who was named for Dankleff. The Van Driesches played the original recording (on cassette tape) at a memorial service for Dankleff and were encouraged to duplicate the tape to compact disc and make it available to others.
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