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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton
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

Lucille Clifton introduces and reads her poems. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright: “The Lesson of Falling Leaves” "Spring Song" "let there be new flowering in the fields..." “The Lost Baby Poem” “This Morning” “Turning” “Homage to My Hips” “In the inner city...” "In My Thirty-Eighth Year"

Multiple takes of these poems appear on the source tapes of original footage, along with Clifton's answers to the following questions: What is poetry to you? Where do your ideas come from? What’s a poet’s life like? Selected answers were incorporated into the schools and libraries version.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Oral interpretation of poetry
Poetry reading
Performance in a Studio
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann (Producer)
Clifton, Lucille, 1936-2010 ()
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