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Poetry Breaks II, Li-Young Lee

Copyright Date:
1993

Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

Air Date:
1994-present

Artist:
Lee, Li-Young

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (Betacam SP) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (VHS) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents. In 1959, his father fled Indonesia with his family after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails. The Lees arrived in America in 1964 after traveling through Asia for several years. Lee studied at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and the State University of New York, College at Brockport. He has taught at various universities, including Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. In 1990, Lee traveled in China and Indonesia to do research for a book of autobiographical prose, which was published in 1990 as The Winged Seed. Lee's two volumes of poetry, Rose and The City in Which I Love You, were published in 1986 and 1990, respectively.

Scope:
Includes a Betacam SP preservation master and VHS screening copy of the completed master and Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies of the source tapes. "Poetry Breaks" documentation includes shot logs of source tapes, production notes, and correspondence between the producer and the poet.

Li-Young Lee introduces and reads his and one of Emily Dickinson's poems at the Frederick Law Olmstead Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:
"From Blossoms"
"The Weight of Sweetness"
"Falling: The Code"
"Nocturne"
"Eating Together"
"I Asked My Mother To Sing"

Source tapes include multiple takes of these and the following poems:
"My Indigo, Part I"
"Irises"
"You Must Sing"
excerpts from "The Cleaving"
"#532" by Emily Dickinson



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Performer:
Lee, Li-Young

Subjects:
Poetry


Genre:
Readings

See Also:
Poetry Breaks Documentation





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