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Poetry Breaks II, Cyrus Cassells

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Cyrus Cassells is the author of three books of poetry including THe Mud Actor, a selection of the National Poetry Series, and Soul Make a Path Through Shouting (1994), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He was also the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award. His latest work is Beautiful Signor (1997), a collection of love poems. He has received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet Award of the Academy of American Poets and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at the College of the Holy Cross and Northeastern University. Cyrus Cassells teaches and has worked as a professional actor in Rome.

Cyrus Cassells introduces and reads his poems at the Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts (known locally as The Salem Witch House). The following poems were edited for broadcast and distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:

"The Women"
"The Magic Cat Bone"
"The Child You Call Eyor"
"Landscape With Traveler"
"The Request"
"The Dreams"
The source tapes also include:
"The Mud Actor"

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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