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Video clip of Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton

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Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton

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

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Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti

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Clifton, Lucille

Lucille Clifton was born in Depaw, New York, in 1936, and educated at the State University of New York at Fredonia and at Howard University. She is the only author to have two books of poetry chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in one year: Good Woman : Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 and Next: New Poems. These were followed by Quilting Poems 1987-1990 and The Book of Light. Her awards include the Juniper Prize for Poetry, an Emmy Award from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and American University in Washington, D.C. and is presently Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Video materials for this program include preservation and screening copies of source tapes of original footage and master tapes of spots edited for distribution and broadcast. Preservation copies are Betacam SP format and screening copies are VHS. Paper materials include shot logs of source tapes, production notes, and correspondence between the producer and the poet.

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"
"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.

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Clifton, Lucille


Clifton, Lucille


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