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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks II, Thylias Moss

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NTW 1999 Preservation Dub Master

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks II, Thylias Moss
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

Thylias Moss introduces and reads her poems and answers questions concerning her life and work. The work was filmed at Phillips Andover Academy. Multiple takes of the following poems appear on the source tapes of original footage: “Rush Hour” “Spring Cleaning at the Lewiston Police Station” “All Is Not Lost When Dreams Are” “Sunrise Comes to Second Avenue” “The Undertaker’s Daughter Feels Neglect” “Passover Poem” “One-Legged Cook” “The Day Before Kindergarten: Taluca, Alabama, 1959”

Multiple takes of these poems and Moss’ answers to the following questions appear on the source tapes of original footage: Where do you get your ideas from? What’s the life of a writer like? When did you start writing poetry? Where do poems get meaning? The "Poetry Breaks" series intends to master these into a tape for use in schools and libraries as funds become available.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


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