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Poetry Breaks; Poetry Breaks I, Seamus Heaney

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Poetry Breaks
Poetry Breaks I, Seamus Heaney
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

Seamus Heaney introduces and reads his poems at a Harvard University library. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tape with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright: “Sonnet III” “Blackberry-Picking” “Midterm Break” “Wedding Day” “Sonnet V” “The Railway Children” “A Kite for Michael and Christopher” “Song”

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage: “Wishing Tree” “A Postcard from Iceland” “The Milk Factory” “The Guttural Muse” “Elegy for a Still Born Child” “Disappearing Island”

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Poetry reading
Oral interpretation of poetry
Performance in a Studio
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann (Producer)
Heaney, Seamus, 1939- ()
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