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New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsPoetry Breaks



Poetry Breaks I, Martin Espada

Alternative Title:
Espada, Martin

Copyright Date:
1989

Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti
WGBH Educational Foundation

Air Date:
1988-present

Artist:
Espada, Martin

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
3 videocassettes of 3 (Betacam SP) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
3 videocassettes of 3 (VHS) (31 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Background:
Martin Espada was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor's of Art in history at the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. in law from Northeastern University in Boston. Martin Espada is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Espada's published collections include: The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (1982), Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (1991), and City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993). Espada was awarded The Massachusetts Artists' Foundation Fellowship of Poetry in 1984, and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 1986. His collection, Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands, won the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship for Poetry in 1993. His most recent publication is a book of essays, entitled Zapata's Disciples.

Scope:
Includes a Betacam SP preservation master (of the 1" master) and 3/4" and VHS screening copies of the master and Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies of the source tapes. "Poetry Breaks" documentation includes shot logs of source tapes, production notes, and correspondence between the producer and the poet. Educational print materials designed to accompany the work contains a biography of the poet and questions emphasizing the experience of the poem.

This was one of three tapes designed for use in high schools. Martin Espada introduces and reads his poems in the library of a New England home. The following poems were edited for general distribution and broadcast and appear on the master tape with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:
"Watch Me Swing"
"Niggerlips"
"We Live by What We See at Night"
"Mrs. Baez Serves Coffee on the 3rd Floor"
"Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn't Buy Anything"
"Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction"

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage:
"The Moon Shatters on Alabama"
"Avenue"
"Ghosts"
"Tiburon"
"Le Senior Est Muerto"
"Greeto for Nicaragua"



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Performer:
Espada, Martin

Subjects:
Poetry


Genre:
Readings

See Also:
Poetry Breaks Documentation





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