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New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsPoetry Breaks

Poetry Breaks II, Stanley Kunitz

Alternative Title:
Stanley Kunitz

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Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

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Kunitz, Stanley

1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (30:42 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (30:42 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
5 videocassettes of 5 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
5 videocassettes of 5 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

"Stanley Kunitz [born in Worcester, Mass. in 1905], whose honors include the Pulitzer Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lenore Marshall Prize, has had a long and varied career as poet, editor, essayist, translator, horticulturist, and mentor of young poets. In 1992, Harvard awarded him its Centennial Medal and he received a National Medal of Arts in 1993, presented at the White House by President Clinton. Kunitz lives with his wife, the artist Elise Asher, in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he cultivates a renowned seaside garden." -- Biographical note from the dust jacket of Passing Through (1995).

The New York Observer named Kunitz as the oldest living poet ever.

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

Stanley Kunitz introduces and reads his poems in various settings at his Cape Cod home. Multiple takes of the following poems appear with and without copyright logo on the master tape:
"The Long Boat"
"Passing Through"
"The Portrait"
"My Sisters"
"Day of Foreboding"
"The Artist"
"The Quarrel"
excerpts from "Jerusalem" (by William Blake)

These and the following poems appear on the source tapes in various takes:
"Snakes of September"
"The Knot"
"An Old Cracked Tune"
"Route Six"
"The Round"
"The Scene"
"The Summing-Up"
"King of the River"
"The Layers"
"The Wellfleet Whale"
excerpts from "Plebus" (by Socrates)

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Kunitz, Stanley


Kunitz, Stanley


See Also:
Poetry Breaks Documentation

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