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Poetry Breaks I, Ruth Stone

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Ruth Stone was born in 1915 in Roanoke, Virginia. Her numerous honors include the Bunting Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Delmore Schwartz Award, and the Shelly Memorial Award. She is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She lives in Vermont. Among her published works are In an Iridescent Time (1959), Topography, and Other Poems (1971), Cheap: New Poems and Ballads (1975), and Simplicity (1995).

Ruth Stone introduces and reads her poems at the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without the "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:

"In An Iridescent Time"
"Green Apples"
"The Season"
"The Nose"
"Where I Came From"
"Second-Hand Coat "
"Turn Your Eyes Away"
"Dream of Wild Birds"

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage: "Women Laughing"

Produced and directed by Leita Hagemann Luchetti.

"Poetry Breaks," conceived by Leita Hagemann Luchetti and co-produced by Luchetti and WGBH New Television Workshop, is an ongoing series of over 100 thirty-second to four-minute spots presenting internationally known poets reading their work on location. These have aired individually on WGBH and public television stations across the country. The Workshop collaborated with Luchetti until its closing in 1993, at which point the works became co-productions of Luchetti and the larger WGBH Foundation.

"Poetry Breaks II," produced from 1991-1994, began airing on WGBH-TV in 1994, and was also broadcast by dozens of other public television stations throughout the country starting in 1994. Between 1995 and 1997, three new poets were taped for Poetry Breaks III.
Oral interpretation of poetry, Poetry, Poetry reading
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