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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks I, Martin Espada

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks I, Martin Espada
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

This was one of three tapes designed for use in high schools. Martin Espada introduces and reads his poems in the library of a New England home. The following poems were edited for general distribution and broadcast and appear on the master tape with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright: “Watch Me Swing” “Niggerlips” “We Live by What We See at Night” “Mrs. Baez Serves Coffee on the 3rd Floor” “Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything” “Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction”

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage: “The Moon Shatters on Alabama” “Avenue” “Ghosts” “Tiburon” “Le Senior Est Muerto” “Greeto for Nicaragua”

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Poetry reading
Oral interpretation of poetry
Performance in a Studio
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann (Producer)
Espada, Martin, 1957- ()
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