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Poetry Everywhere; Season 4

01/13/2011

POETRY EVERYWHERE - MASTER PEVY 400 SD-SHORT REVISION 001 CLOSED CAPTIONED RT-26:37 1.13.2011 Note: #402 (Matthew Dickman) does not have a rating icon Season 4: 1. Kwame Dawes – Tornado Child 2. Matthew Dickman – Slow Dance 3. Rita Dove – American Smooth 4. Bob Hicok – Calling him back from layoff 5. Galway Kinnell – After Making Love We Hear Footsteps 6. Dorianne Laux – Dust 7. Joseph Millar – American Wedding 8. Kay Ryan – Turtle.


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Series
Poetry Everywhere
Program
Season 4
Program Number

400

Series Description

WGBH and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, undertook this project in order to expose a diverse audience to a broad spectrum of poetic voices, build an appreciation and an audience for poetry, and increase the presence of poets and poetry within the two most ubiquitous media in American popular culture–the Web and TV. In addition to presentation on this Web site, the videos will appear on local public television stations at unexpected moments during their broadcast schedules. The partners hope that poetry will become a permanent part of the PBS landscape, offering moments of meditation and even revelation throughout the day.

Hosted by Garrison Keillor.

See also assets under series title Teachers' Domain, program title Poetry Everywhere Collection.

The poetry films of Philip Levine and Charles Simic were created by Leita Luchetti.

Produced by WGBH Boston and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation Series release date: 2008

Program Description

Season 4: 1. Kwame Dawes – Tornado Child: "Tornado Child" is from the book Wisteria, Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country (2006), a collection of poems based on Kwame Dawes' conversations with the elders of Sumter, South Carolina, who shared their memories of growing up in the Deep South under Jim Crow. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

2. Matthew Dickman – Slow Dance: Dickman's poems capture the intense emotions of everyday life, and deal with pain, loss, love, and poverty with gentle understanding and hopefulness. He has said that he wants his poems to resonate with people in the blue-collar world he was born into and the language in poems like "Slow Dance" is clear and immediate. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

3. Rita Dove – American Smooth: Throughout her life, Dove has nurtured a love of dance that has led her to dance in competitions with her husband, Fred Viebahn, and has led to many poems about dancing, of which "American Smooth" is one ("American Smooth" is a dance term that refers to four standard ballroom dances). Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

4. Bob Hicok – Calling him back from layoff: Since his first book of poems, Bearing Witness, was published in 1991, Hicok's stories of average lives, uncomfortable realities, and moments of transcendence have won many awards. "Calling him back from layoff" dramatizes a moment in the lives of two people dealing with the economic downturn. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

5. Galway Kinnell – After Making Love We Hear Footsteps: Kinnell's experiences as an activist fueled two books of poetry, Body Rags (1968) and The Book of Nightmares (1971). When asked about the power of poetry in today's society, Kinnell responds, "[While] poetry is rather invisible publicly, it exerts a quite powerful influence on a very large number of individuals. In this way, it percolates up through the populace and, over time, may have a profound effect on who we are as a people and how we relate to each other and to other peoples and to other creatures." Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

6. Dorianne Laux – Dust: Dorianne Laux became a published poet only after years of hard, hands-on work as a sanatorium cook, gas station manager, and maid. The poet Tony Hoagland says of Laux, "Her poems are those of a grown American woman, one who looks clearly, passionately, and affectionately at rites of passage, motherhood, the life of work, sisterhood, and especially sexual love, in a celebratory fashion." Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

7. Joseph Millar – American Wedding: "American Wedding" captures Millar's sense of humbleness in the face of describing life's enormous emotions, destinies, and mystery through poetry; he describes the process of writing poems this way: "We go there not in the spirit of confrontation but in the spirit of humility and the hope that something good happens." Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

8. Kay Ryan – Turtle: Kay Ryan has said that her poems don't start with imagery or sound, but rather develop "the way an oyster does, with an aggravation." Ryan's poem "Turtle" exemplifies this, approaching the turtle and its cumbersome body many times over, through many metaphors and observations, expressing impatience and dismay and a kind of pity for the animal, who remains completely outside of and untouched by this appraisal. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on location at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Footage used by permission of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Duration

00:26:37

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Topics
Literature
Creators
Poetry Foundation, The (Series Producer)
Grubin, David (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Poetry Everywhere; Season 4,” 01/13/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8477B519B2464FED826344A5E4C3540C.
MLA: “Poetry Everywhere; Season 4.” 01/13/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8477B519B2464FED826344A5E4C3540C>.
APA: Poetry Everywhere; Season 4. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8477B519B2464FED826344A5E4C3540C
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