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Poetry Everywhere; Season 3


POETRY EVERYWHERE PEVY 200 SD-SHORT REVISION 001 TRT-19:12 8 SPOTS STEREO AUDIO Note: Captioned and packaged for APT. Season 3: 1. Marilyn Chin "The Floral Apron" 2. Toi Derricotte "Black Bottom" 3. Martín Espada "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper" 4. Maxine Kumin "After Love" 5. WS Merwin "Yesterday" 6. CD Wright "Lake Echo, Dear" 7. Daisy Zamora "Mother's Day" 8. Seamus Heaney "Blackberry Picking"

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Poetry Everywhere
Season 3
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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 3: 1. Marilyn Chin "The Floral Apron": She has described her own poetry as "steeped with the themes and travails of exile, loss, and assimilation. What is the loss of country if it were not the loss of self?" Chin combines sharp observations on identity, racism, and culture, with a sardonic tone. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

2. Toi Derricotte "Black Bottom": Toi Derricotte's poetry and essays explore large themes in personal and intimate ways, often drawing on her autobiographical experiences, including early memories of her grandparents' funeral home, images that imprinted themselves on her earliest poems. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

3. Martín Espada "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper": A poet, editor, essayist, and translator, he has published more than 16 collections and has earned a reputation as a writer of passionate social and political conviction, as well as intense lyricism. In "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper," he reminds us of the countless nameless, faceless workers whose efforts go unacknowledged and uncelebrated. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

4. Maxine Kumin "After Love": Often compared to the poet Robert Frost, Kumin uses spare, direct language, and careful attention to detail to explore love, loss, and the natural world of her rural New England. She maintains control over her most emotionally fraught themes, such as war and heartbreak, by adhering to a rigid poetic structure. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

5. WS Merwin "Yesterday": For over five decades, Merwin has been a major presence in American poetry, developing a reputation for an impersonal style that abandons punctuation. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

6. CD Wright "Lake Echo, Dear": C.D. Wright has developed a style of poetry all her own—both experimental and Southern, implicit in its lyrical utterance and yet grounded in an inherent sense of the unutterable. Her poem "Lake Echo, Dear" showcases the explorative and image-based character of her work. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

7. Daisy Zamora "Mother's Day": A native of Nicaragua, Daisy Zamora is one of the country's most distinguished poets. Poet Sonia Sanchez has said, "Daisy Zamora's poems resound with life. Commitment. Struggle. Love. She has been a fighter for liberation and women's rights all of her life." Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

8. Seamus Heaney "Blackberry Picking": In "Blackberry Picking," a poem from the collection Death of a Naturalist, first published in 1966, Heaney describes how each summer he is seduced by blackberries, and how each summer he collects too many, only to see the majority spoil. Like so many of Heaney's poems, it carries a message of innocent exuberance that is both tragic and uplifting. Seamus Heaney's reading is part of the WGBH series POETRY BREAKS created by Leita Luchetti.



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Grubin, David (Series Producer)
Poetry Foundation, The (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Poetry Everywhere; Season 3,” 01/26/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C9BE805E375C446AB0EE0629EC1F567B.
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