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Poetry Breaks II, Thylias Moss

Copyright Date:
1993

Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

Air Date:
1994-present

Artist:
Moss, Thylias

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (33:51 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (33:51 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
4 videocassettes of 4 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
4 videocassettes of 4 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
Thylias Moss, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Oberlin College, authored six volumes of poetry and a volume of autobiographical prose between 1983 and 1998. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a 1989 NEA grant, a 1987 Artists' Fellowship from the Artists' Foundation of Massachusetts, and a Pushcart Prize. Moss was asked to read her poems for "Poetry Breaks" while she was living in Massachusetts and teaching English at Phillips Andover Academy. Her published works are Hosiery Seams on a Bowlegged Woman, Pyramid of Bone (1989), At Redbones, I Want to Be (1993), Rainbow Remnants in a Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky, and Tale of a Sky-Blue Dress (1998).

Scope:
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.

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.



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Performer:
Moss, Thylias

Subjects:
Poetry


Genre:
Readings





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