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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks I, Sharon Olds

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks I, Sharon Olds
Series Description

2-5 minute filler programs with New England area writers reading their poetry. Poets include Martin Espada, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds. Series release date: 1988

Program Description

Sharon Olds introduces and reads her poems in various settings at her Martha’s Vineyard retreat. 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: “The Race” “The Missing Boy” “Summer Solstice, New York City” “The One Girl at the Boys’ Party” “I Go Back to May, 1937” “Bathing the New Born” “My Son and the Water Shortage” “Alcatraz”

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage: “Topography” “The Victims” “The Injury Six Weeks Later” “True Love” “My Father Snoring”

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Poetry reading
Oral interpretation of poetry
Performance in a Studio
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann (Producer)
Olds, Sharon ()
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