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Video clip of Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Galway Kinnell

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Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Galway Kinnell

Alternative Title:
Galway Kinnell

1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (16:47 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (16:47 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
2 videocassettes of 2 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Leita Luchetti

Kinnell, Galway

Galway Kinnell was born in Providence, R.I., on February 1, 1927. After receiving degrees from Princeton (B.A.) and University of Rochester (M.A.), he served in the U.S. Navy. He taught writing at schools throughout the world, including France and Iran, and is presently one of the directors of the Creative Writing Program at SUNY Binghamton and New York University. He has won many awards for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983. Among his books of poetry are Three Books : Body Rags/ Mortal Acts Mortal Words/the Past, The Book of Nightmares, and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone. He currently lives in Vermont and New York.

The University of New Hampshire's Special Collections houses a collection of Galway Kinnell's personal papers. A description of these materials is available at

This work was created from original footage shot at Kinnell's New York City apartment specifically for this Schools and Libraries version. Includes a Betacam SP preservation master and VHS screening copy of the finished master and Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening tapes of the two reels of original footage. 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 tapes specifically designed for use in high schools. The finished tape consists of four poems, each briefly introduced by Kinnell. The poems are:
"Saint Francis and the Sow"

Following these poems is a segment called "Since you asked...," in which Kinnell answers questions that students might typically ask a poet. The questions are:
When did I start writing?
When did I know I wanted to be a poet?
Where do I get ideas?
What do I write with?
What is poetry anyway?

The source tapes include multiple takes of the poems and questions.

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

WGBH-TV Boston

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

Kinnell, Galway



See Also:
Poetry Breaks I, Galway Kinnell

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