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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks I, Allen Ginsberg

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NTW 1999 Preservation Master 1:49 VHS Master

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks I, Allen Ginsberg
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

Allen Ginsberg introduces and reads his poems and performs "song poems" accompanied by guitarist Steven Taylor in various settings at his Manhattan apartment. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution and appear on the master tapes with and without Poetry Breaks logo and copyright: “Homework” “A Typical Affair” “My Alba, Morning Song” “Humbomb” During “Humbomb” Ginsberg plays Australian aborigine song sticks. “Arguments” “I Am a Victim of Telephone”

Multiple takes of these poems appear on the source tapes of original footage. Additional poems and songs recorded on the original footage are as follow: “What’s Going on in the World” “Sunset” “After Dead Souls” “Supermarket” “Four Haikus” “I Wrote This Last Night” “After Yeats” “Returning to the Country for a Brief Visit” “Returning to the Country for a Brief Visit, Part IV” “Aeres Rock” “Uptown” “Lower East Side” “Those Two” “A Western Ballad” (with Steven Taylor) “Europe, Who Knows?” (with Steven Taylor) “New York Blues” (with Steven Taylor) “Comeback Christmas” (with Steven Taylor)

The poems mastered in 1998 include: “A Western Ballad” and “Homework,” which was remastered for broadcast on the WNET series "Real New York."

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Broadcast program

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Poetry reading
Oral interpretation of poetry
Performance in a Studio
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann (Producer)
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 ()
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