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Video clip of Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Lucille Clifton

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Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Lucille Clifton

Alternative Title:
Lucille Clifton

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (13:24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (13:24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Copyright Date:
1993

Copyright Holder:
Leita Luchetti

Artist:
Clifton, Lucille

Background:
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.

Scope:
This work was created from original footage that has been cataloged with "Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton." This original footage was used to create both this work for schools and libraries and the broadcast master. A Betacam SP preservation master (made from the digital betacam master) and a VHS screening copy have been created. Educational print materials designed to accompany the work contains a biography of the poet and questions emphasizing the experience of the poem.

This is one of three works designed for use in high schools. The tape features Lucille Clifton reading the following poems:
"This Morning"
"Turning"
"In the inner city..."
"Homage to My Hips"
"The thirty eighth year..."
Clifton introduces and comments on each work.

In a section entitled "Since You Asked," she answers the following questions:
When did you start writing?
What is a poet's life like?
What is poetry anyway?
Where do your ideas come from?



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Coproducer:
WGBH-TV Boston

Funders:
Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
Axe-Houghton Foundation
Boston Council for the Arts and Humanities
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Writer's League of Boston


Performer:
Clifton, Lucille

Subjects:
Poetry
Writing


Genre:
Readings

See Also:
Poetry Breaks II, Lucille Clifton





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