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Poetry Breaks I, Galway Kinnell

Alternative Title:
Galway Kinnell

1 videoreel of 1 (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (24 min.) ; sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
3 videocassettes of 3 (Betacam SP) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
3 videocassettes of 3 (VHS) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

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Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

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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, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1983) and the American Book Award. He was a MacArthur Fellow and was named State Poet of Vermont. Among his books of poetry are Three Books: Body Rags/Mortal Acts Mortal Words/the Past, The Book of Nightmares, When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone, and Imperfect Thirst. 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

Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master (of the 1" master), and VHS and 3/4" copies of the work. Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening tapes of the original source tapes have been created. "Poetry Breaks" documentation includes shot logs of source tapes, production notes, and correspondence between the producer and the poet.

Galway Kinnell introduces and reads his poems at his farmhouse in Vermont. The following poems were mastered for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without Poetry Breaks logo and copyright:
"TV Commercials"
"How Many Nights"
"Saint Francis and the Sow"
"After Making Love We Hear Footsteps"
"Kissing the Toad"

Multiple takes of those poems appear on the source tapes of original footage. The following poems are also included on the source tapes:
excerpts from "Middle of the Way"
"Last Songs"
"Eating Blackberries"
"The Grey Heron"
"In Fields of Summer"

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

New Television Workshop, WGBH

Kinnell, Galway



See Also:
Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Galway Kinnell

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