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Poetry Breaks I, Robert Bly

Alternative Title:
Robert Bly

1 videocassette of 1 (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. viewing copy
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (36 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. viewing copy
6 videocassettes of 6 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
6 videocassettes of 6 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

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Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

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Bly, Robert

Robert Bly was born in Madison, Minnesota, in 1926. He published his own poetry magazine, originally called The Fifties , through which he helped introduce the works of many lesser-known Latin American and European poets. He was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement, founding the American Writers Against the Vietnam War with David Ray. Among his published works are Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962),The Light around the Body (1967), Loving a Woman in Two Worlds (1985),Iron John:(1990), and Sibling Society (1996). Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for The Light around the Body .

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

Robert Bly introduces and reads his and others' poems at his Minnesota cabin on Moose Lake. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tape with and without "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:
"At the Time of Peony Blossoming"
"Returning Poem"
"Winter Poem"
"Every Breath Taken"
"The Minnow Turning"
"The Moose"
"A Dream of Retarded Children"
"Loon's Cry"
"Dictator" (by Pablo Neruda)
"What Choice Do We Have to Go Down"

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage:
"The Wind One Brilliant Day Called" (by Antonio Machado)
"My Father at Eighty-Five"
"Prayer for My Father"
"Driving My Parents Home at Christmas"
"Unanswered Letters"
"Driving Toward the Lac Qui Parle River"
"The Minty Grass"
"Man and Woman"
"Mourning Pablo Neruda"
"The Dead Seal"
"Snowbanks North of the House"
"President's Lies"
Bly plays an instrument during his readings of "At the Time of Peony Blossoming," "Returning Poem," "Winter Poem," "Every Breath Taken," and "The Minnow Turning."

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

New Television Workshop, WGBH

Bly, Robert



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Poetry Breaks Documentation

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