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Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012

Filmography - Poets and Poetry

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2012. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on biology topics (including VHS tapes) keyword searches in the library catalog will be necessary: http://www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/index.cfm

After the boom. 2008. 1 streaming video file (50 min.). As the 1970s progressed, the political climate in Latin America became increasingly dark, with no end in sight to the proliferation of brutal dictatorships. This program analyzes the cultural impact of those developments and the tensions which gave Latin American literature of the period its energy and resonance. With insight into the challenges of writing in the face of tyranny, the program explores the work of authors from the Southern Cone region and offers perspectives on Carlos Monsivais, Elena Poniatowska, Rodolfo Walsh, Miguel Gutierrez, Oswaldo Reynoso, Julio Cortazar, Hector Tizon, and Diamela Eltit. The emergence of the urban cronica is discussed in depth.  Streaming video
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Alexander Pushkin. 2005.  1 streaming video file (26 min.). Arguably Russia's greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin established a literary tradition that was fully European yet distinctively Russian in character. This program tells the tale of a brief life that was itself worthy of fiction. Incorporating footage of Pushkin's lodgings, accoutrements, and environs as well as period artwork and architecture, it follows Pushkin from the Imperial Lyceum at Tsarskoye Selo, where his literary career began, to the field of honor where, in a duel at age 38, it was cut short. A fine introduction to the author of Ruslan and Ludmila, Eugene Onegin, and Boris Godunov.  Streaming video
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Allen Ginsberg and friends. 1997.  1 streaming video file (60 min.). This program features readings and comments by the late Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg analyzes the poetry of Blake, then reads from his own poems, Do the Meditation Rockand Skeleton.Other poets include Vietnamese-born Le Thi Diem Thuy, Robert Hass, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Komunyakaa, Li-Young Lee, Louis Jenkins, and Hass discuss poetic interpretations of personal and political history, and provide examples through readings from their poems. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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American Poet Laureates. 2006.  1 streaming video file (60 min.). The U.S. Poet Laureate has a unique opportunity to shape America's literary terrain-by fostering public appreciation of poetry and by continuing to produce his or her own work. This NewsHour collection profiles six such honorees at the onset of their terms. Each author reflects on experiences that have influenced his writing and describes what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure. In addition, each laureate reads a few of his own poems. Robert Pinsky delivers a compelling rendition of December Blues,Ted Kooser movingly presents Father,and Stanley Kunitz records a powerful recitation of The Layers.Donald Hall, Robert Hass, and Billy Collins are also featured.  Streaming video
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Amiri Baraka. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Artist/activist Amiri Baraka has managed to alter not merely the face of African-American writing, but its very sound and substance as well: among the first to promote Africanized English, he also introduced an element of jazz into poetry. In this program, Bill Moyers and Mr. Baraka discuss topics centering on the black experience in America. Readings by Mr. Baraka spotlight Funklore,First Fire,The Pet's Reward,X,Wise-Africa,Wise-One,Wise-Ghosts,and others. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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Ancestral voices. 1 streaming video file (60 min.). This program features poets who turn to the past and to their own cultural heritage to understand the present. They eloquently reflect their own personal journeys through poetry. Garrett Kaoru Hongo's work reflects his Japanese-American heritage. Hongo began to write poetry because he wanted more than anything to belong to the history of Asians in America.Joy Harjo's poetry is influenced by her Native American heritage. Her poetry emphasizes the oral tradition and sacred imagery of her Native American ancestors. Mary TallMountain's work draws on her Native American and Anglo background. Her poetry recalls her childhood memories of life in an Alaskan village and the life she left behind when she was adopted by an Anglo family.  Streaming video
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Anne Carson with Brighde Mullins, conversation, 21 March 2001. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). " Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, and scholar of classics who lives in Montreal. Her books include Men in the Off Hours; Autobiography of Red; Plainwater; Glass, Irony, and God; and Eros the Bittersweet. Ms. Carson, who received a Lannan Literary Award an da MacArthur Fellowship, has said, "I will do anything to avoid boredom.... It is the task of a lifetime. You can never kow enough, never work enough, never use the infinitives and participles oddly enough, never impede the movement harshly enough, never leave the mind quickly enough". Ms. Carson teaches at McGill University." . Streaming video
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Anne Carson with Brighde Mullins, reading, 21 March 2001. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (42 min.). "Anne Carson is a poet, essayist, and scholar of classics who lives in Montreal. Her books include Men in the Off Hours; Autobiography of Red; Plainwater; Glass, Irony, and God; and Eros the Bittersweet.".  Streaming video    
http://vimeo.com/9224519

Annette von Droste-Hulshoff. 1997.  1 streaming video file (30 min.). Although her most important writings came late in life, Annette von Droste-Hulshoff's poetry and prose-often compared to Goethe's-have assured her a place among Germany's great 19th-century writers. This program visits Castle Hulshoff, her Westphalian birthplace; the Ruchhaus; and Meersburg Castle on Lake Constance, where she experienced her period of greatest productivity. Aspects of her life, such as her need for solitude amid nature, and the qualities of isolation, melancholy, reverie, and longing inherent in her writing are discussed. A Deutsche Welle production.  Streaming video
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Antonio Gala. 2007.  1 streaming video file (28 min.). Culture and multiculturalism are the dominant recurring themes in this program as Spanish writer Antonio Gala reflects on his heritage and the value of integrating immigrants into the fabric of society. The author of Poemas de Amor, Los Verdes Campos del Eden, El Manuscrito Carmesi, La Regla de Tres, and numerous other books also talks about how he first started writing and the process of creating literature, the societal risks of politicizing religion, the upside of getting older, and the decadence and stagnation that can come from too much prosperity at the national level.  Streaming video
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Antonio Gamoneda. 2008.  1 streaming video file (24 min.). The writings of Spanish poet Antonio Gamoneda are characterized by their strength, clarity, and contempt for trends. In this program, Gamoneda describes his genesis as a poet, shaped by a childhood of poverty and traumatization by the horrors of the Spanish Civil War; his perception of the radicalizing and revelatory nature and limited influence of poetry; and the relationship he perceives between poetry and music. In addition, the author of Blues Castellano, Despues de Veinte Anos, El Cuerpo de los Simbolos, Lapidas, and Esta Luz offers insights into his book Libro de los Venenos.  Streaming video
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Antonio Machado. 2006.  1 streaming video file (51 min.). Filmed at locations throughout Spain, this program offers a literary retrospective of one of the leading poets of the Generation of '98, Antonio Machado. Machado scholar Jose Carlos Gallardo and Manuel Nunez Encabo of the Antonio Machado Foundation provide insightful commentary on the poet's life and works, including Soledades, Nuevas Canciones, Juan de Mairena, and his masterpiece, Campos de Castilla.  Streaming video
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Arthur Rimbaud. 2006.  1 streaming video file (59 min.). His incendiary poetry assaulted the constraints of European society, helped to define the Symbolist movement, and influenced generations of later writers-including many Surrealists, Beat poets, and even rockers like Jim Morrison. This program combines a stunning visual biography of Arthur Rimbaud with excerpts from key texts, forging a unique study of the poet's personality and examining his relationship with his mother and with Paul Verlaine. Images and footage of the settings in which Rimbaud grew up, worked, loved, traveled, and lived out his final years provide a dynamic backdrop for readings from Le bateau ivre,Une Saison en Enfer, and several other works and letters.  Streaming video
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August Kleinzahler, reading, 3 March 2010. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (56 min.). "August Kleinzahler's poetry is described by the New York Times as "a modernist swirl of sex, surrealism, urban life and melancholy with a jazzy backbeat." He read from his work, introduced by Kate Moses at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM. Distributed by Tubemogul.".  Streaming video
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August Kleinzahler, with Kate Moses, conversation, March 2010. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (37 min.). "August Kleinzahler's poetry is described by the New York Times as "a modernist swirl of sex, surrealism, urban life and melancholy with a jazzy backbeat." Join him in conversation about his work with Kate Moses at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM on March 10, 2010. Distributed by Tubemogul.".  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/10735393

The avant-garde of the 1920s. 2007.  Fire & Ink: The Legacy of Latin American Literature-Spanish with Optional English Subtitles: Fire and ink, the legacy of Latin American literature.  1 streaming video file (53 min.). After the horrors of World War I, Latin American writing turned away from what many saw as ornamental and frivolous experimentation. This program studies the so-called "criticism of Modernismo within Modernismo" in which language reached back to a simpler, more intimate, less urban-centered framework. Investigating the work of several poets and authors of the period-including Enrique Gonzalez Martinez, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Maria Eugenia Vaz, Leopoldo Lugones, Delmira Agustini, Ramon Lopez Velarde, and Cesar Vallejo-the program reveals complex dynamics of nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Western literature and indigenous voices, and the spirit of breaking with the past and of belonging to an artistic tradition.  Streaming video http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=8604&xtid=37457

Before night falls. 2001.  1 videodisc (134 min.). A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 486

Beowulf. 2008.  1 videodisc (114 min.). A motion-capture animated film. In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonate throughout the ages.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 4370

Beowulf. 2011.  1 streaming video file (45 min.). The oldest story in the English language, Beowulf is the Norse epic saga of good vs. evil and man vs. monster. The famous Viking warrior battles invaders, monsters, and a fire-breathing dragon. This episode of Clash of the Gods examines Norse mythology’s greatest hero and the intriguing possibility that he may have been a real-life warrior. Recently unearthed burial mounds and ancient carvings suggest that the epic may have roots in reality.  Streaming video
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Beowulf and the roots of Anglo-Saxon poetry. 1998.  1 streaming video file (31 min.). Beowulf is the oldest written epic in English literature. In this program, Dr. Robert DiNapoli-teaching fellow in Old and Middle English at the University of Birmingham, England-and Professor John Burrow of Bristol University examine the symbolism and the influence of Christianity in Beowulf and other masterpieces of English and Germanic poetry. The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Dream of the Rood, and The Battle of Maldon are also analyzed. The program is an indispensable aid in teaching this watershed period in Western literature. (31 minutes).  Streaming video
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Bill Moyers journal Maxine Hong Kingston on peace and war. 2007.  1 streaming video file (58 min.). For 15 years, National Humanities Medalist Maxine Hong Kingston has been working with veterans-soldiers from World War II, from Vietnam, and now, from Iraq-to convert the ghosts of war into the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that Kingston believes will help them survive. In this program, Bill Moyers speaks with Kingston about her book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, an anthology called powerful and finely writtenby the Chicago Tribune. This timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth. Broadcast date: May 25, 2007.  Streaming video
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Billy Collins, reading, 26 September 2001. 2001.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (47 min.). Billy Collins's poetry books are Picnic, Lightning; The Art of Drowning; Questions about Angels, which was a National Poetry Series winner; and The Apple that Astonished Paris. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mr. Collins, who lives in New York and teaches at Lehman College, has been the United States Poet Laureate.  Streaming video
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Billy Collins with Henry Taylor, conversation, 26 September 2001. 2001.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Billy Collins's poetry books are Picnic, Lightning; The Art of Drowning; Questions about Angels, which was a National Poetry Series winner; and The Apple that Astonished Paris. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Mr. Collins, who lives in New York and teaches at Lehman College, has been the United States Poet Laureate.  Streaming video
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Bright star. 2010.  1 videodisc (119 min.). Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 7070

Bukowski born into this. 2006.  1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.). Comprehensive documentary of Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) - international celebrity, poet, novelist and underground cult icon.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 1952

Burning candles The life of Edna St. Vincent Millay. 2011.  1 streaming video file (93 min.). She was her generation's Madonna and Bob Dylan rolled into one-and yet, by the 1970s, major poetry anthologies no longer mentioned Edna St. Vincent Millay. She had become a lost poet, her literary status mirroring her untimely death. This program documents the brief yet bright "candle" of Millay's artistic development, from her early years in Maine to her achievements in the literary world of New York, while exploring her celebrity, sexuality, and personal relationships. Among the many eye-opening locations featured in the film is the house in which Millay spent her final years; its contents have remained untouched since the poet's death and provide a catalyst for the study of her troubled, exuberant life. Never-before-seen archival images and interviews with Millay scholars also enrich the narrative.  Streaming video         
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C.K. Williams. 2010.  Poet's View: Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (20 min.). Since the release of the popular The Poet's View, featuring five major American poets, a sixth poet has been added He is C.K. Williams. Born in 1936, in Newark N.J., he is the author of numerous books on poetry, and has received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Also a distinguished translator, Williams teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University and lives part of each year in Paris. Member of a series: The Poet's View.  Streaming video
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Coleman Barks. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Coleman Barks, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia, has become the primary conduit for translating into English the ecstatic poetry of the 13th-century Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi, the bard of Islam. In this program, Bill Moyers and Dr. Barks discuss topics including the intricate challenge of transforming antiquated Persian idiom into modern English while retaining its essence. Readings by Dr. Barks spotlight five of Rumi's marvelous poems and his own Love for Clouds,A Wish,New Year's Day Now,Final Exam,and Club.Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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Come celebrate with me. 95.  1 streaming video file (56 min.). In this program, two poets reflect on the cultural legacies they have inherited. Lucille Clifton and David Mura bring their talent and humor to bear as they look at the past and the lives they live in America today. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. (58 minutes).  Streaming video
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Czeslaw Milosz, reading, March 26 1998. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (43 min.). "Czeslaw Milosz, born in Lithuania in 1911, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. Mr. Milosz worked for the Resistance in Warsaw during World War II, editing anti-Nazi books and pamphlets. He has published 21 books of poetry since his first, A Poem on Frozen Time, appeared in 1933. English translations of his poetry include The Separate Notebooks, Unattainable Earth, Collected Poems 1931-1987, and Facing the River. He has also written two novels and sixteen nonfiction books, including The Captive Mind and Native Realm. Mr. Milosz read on March 26, 1998.".  Streaming video
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Czeslaw Milosz with Helen Vendler, conversation, March 26 1998. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (34 min.). "Czeslaw Milosz, born in Lithuania in 1911, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. Mr. Milosz worked for the Resistance in Warsaw during World War II, editing anti-Nazi books and pamphlets. He has published 21 books of poetry since his first, A Poem on Frozen Time, appeared in 1933. English translations of his poetry include The Separate Notebooks, Unattainable Earth, Collected Poems 1931-1987, and Facing the River. He has also written two novels and sixteen nonfiction books, including The Captive Mind and Native Realm. Mr. Milosz read on March 26, 1998.". He is interviewed by Helen Vendler.  Streaming video
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Dancing on the edge of the road. 1 streaming video file (60 min.). This program profiles Stanley Kunitz, one of America's leading poets. Kunitz reads his poetry and discusses his work in extensive interviews. You don't choose the subject [of your poetry],says Kunitz, it chooses you.He asserts that poets must aim simply to be as true as we can to the grain of life.Kunitz also stresses the importance of reading poetry aloud: It is important to test your poems against the ear,he says. The page is a cold bed.  Streaming video
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Dante Visions of the inferno. 2006.  1 streaming video file (74 min.). Drawing upon the insights of numerous international scholars-and illustrating crucial passages with stunning animation sequences-this program guides viewers through the Inferno of Dante's Divine Comedy. With detailed analysis of the poet's descent into Hell and navigation through its various levels, the program interprets Dante's motives for embarking on such a journey, explains his relationship and interaction with both Virgil and Beatrice, and describes the complex mixture of morality and humanism within the work-embodied in Dante's attitude toward those who inhabit the realms of the dead.  Streaming video
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Deborah Garrison. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). The poetry of Deborah Garrison, who recently made her debut with her critically acclaimed collection A Working Girl Can't Win, speaks in a voice sometimes defiant and tinged with sarcasm, but humorous, too, and sweetened by tender longing. In this program, Bill Moyers and Ms. Garrison discuss topics centering on her experiences as a woman in the workforce. Readings by Ms. Garrison feature The Boss,Please Fire Me,A Kiss,A Friendship Enters Phase Two,The Firemen,Atlantic Wind,She Was Waiting to Be Told,3 A.M. Comedy,She Thinks of Him on Her Birthday,and of course A Working Girl Can't Win.Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Streaming video
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Derek Walcott The poetry of place. 1989.  1 streaming video file (53 min.). Hailed as one of the finest living poets writing in English, Derek Walcott grew up on an island where French, French patois, and Creole are also spoken. Filmed on St. Lucia, Walcott's birthplace and the wellspring of his poetic vision, this program presents the biography of a major figure in contemporary literature. The poet talks about his childhood and education, his influences and techniques, and how he actually started out as a painter. Matched with beautifully filmed segments of the island and its people, Walcott reads selections of his poetry, including passages from his epic Omeros. Streaming video
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Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon A life together. 1993.  1 streaming video file (60 min.). Recorded in 1993, this classic program profiled Donald Hall and his wife, Jane Kenyon-two celebrated American literary figures. Kenyon, who died in 1995, was an award-winning poet and translator; Hall is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and in June of 2006 was named U.S. Poet Laureate. In the program, Bill Moyers visits Hall and Kenyon at their farmhouse in New Hampshire for a conversation about their careers, their poetry, and their life together. Their discussions are punctuated by the two poets' readings at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and before an audience of their neighbors.  Streaming video
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Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon Keeping you safe beside me. 1999.  1 streaming video file (40 min.). This stirring, classic documentary focuses on a unique, inspiring relationship: the love and creative connection between poet Donald Hall-named U.S. Poet Laureate in June of 2006-and his late wife Jane Kenyon. Filmed largely at Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire, an ancestral heritage for six generations of Halls, the program explores the impact of the New England tradition on the work of both poets. Hall reflects unabashedly on his wife's bouts with depression and her battle with cancer, delivering poignant readings of several of her poems, including Happiness,Let Evening Come,and With the Dog at Sunrise.From his own poetry he reads Names of Horses,and Letters at Christmas.  Streaming video
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Dylan Thomas. 1996.  1 streaming video file (52 min.). No other poet in modern history matched the rhythmic drive and verbal flamboyance of the Welshman, Dylan Thomas, destroyed by alcoholism at age 39. In this program, poet Danne Abse, Thomas's wife Caitlin, and others speak frankly about his dissolute lifestyle and its influence on his writing. Readings from poems including Return Journey,Ceremony after a Fire Raid,Old Garbo,and Poem in Octoberunderline the commentary. Scenes from the original BBC production of Under Milk Wood-a classic radio script for voices-are included, along with portions of the poet's farewell to his dying father, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.Rare archival footage of interviews with Thomas appears in several places throughout the program. A BBC Production.  Streaming video
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Dylan Thomas Portrait of the artist in a passing cloud. 1999.  1 streaming video file (47 min.). In hindsight, Dylan Thomas' precocious use of romantic but morbid imagery-epitaphs, worms, an early death-proved a self-fulfilling prophecy. This program traces the poet's life and works, artfully blending manuscripts, first editions, family photos, and location footage with interviews and readings of his poems and letters. Highlights include Thomas reading many of his poems, such as Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night; interviews with actress Nancy Wickwire and childhood friend Daniel Jones; and clips from the film version of Under Milk Wood with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Peter O'Toole. Streaming video
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The edge of each other's battles The vision of Audre Lorde. 2002.  1 videodisc (59 min.). Documents black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde's (1934-92) social vision, using footage from the four-day conference: I am your sisters: forging global connections across differences, held in Boston in 1990. At the conference 1,200 men, women and young people from 23 countries examined the issues of the relations between race, class, gender and sexuality through Lorde's work. Interviews with the organizers of the conference are intercut with conference footage, including performances, controversies and speeches.  DVD 6264

The edge of love. 2009.  1 videodisc (111 min.). When legendary poet Dylan Thomas reconnects with Vera, his teenage sweetheart, a romantic rival begins between her and his wife Caitlin. As the woman begin to bond an unusual trio is formed. The threesome live in bliss until Vera's husband, a handsome soldier, returns from fighting in the war and jealousy erupts, threatening the trio's fragile happiness.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 8738

Emily Dickinson. 2004.  1 streaming video file (21 min.). While many of her literary peers achieved notoriety, the woman in whiteremained virtually unknown-by choice. The self-imposed obscurity of Emily Dickinson is just one of many aspects of her life that this program explores. Blending daguerreotypes, paintings, manuscripts, excerpts from Dickinson's letters, and readings from nearly a dozen of her poems, this program presents the biography of one of America's most unique and influential voices in poetry. Streaming video
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Emily Dickinson A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (32 min.). This overview of the life and literature of Emily Dickinson from the Famous Authors series offers an insight into the reclusive author of 1,775 poems and a valuable collection of letters. The video depicts Dickinson's story as that of an individual in a society that smothers individuality and discusses the struggle of a female poet among male contemporaries. She did, however, know of and admire women writers like George Eliot and the Bronte sisters. She read avidly, and the video discusses the strong influence Shakespeare's work had on her. Dickinson lived next door to her closest friends, her brother Austin and his wife Susan Gilbert in the family house, The Homestead, in Amherst, Massachusetts, a place still influenced by the puritanical tradition of practicality, work ethic, and faith at the time, and despite her reclusive reputation did have other meaningful friendships and correspondences.  Streaming video
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Ezra Pound. 2005.  Six Poets: Searching for Rhyme and Reason: 6 poets, searching for rhyme and reason.  1 streaming video file (20 min.). Ezra Pound wielded tremendous influence on the 20th century's literature while he cut a controversial path through its politics. His challenge, "make it new," became Modernism's touchstone. This program follows his life's extraordinary course, from his collaborations with Yeats and Eliot through his years of detention at St. Elizabeths Hospital. A wealth of photographs and manuscripts is blended with readings from his letters, essays, and poems, including "Meditatio," "In a Station of the Metro," and selections from his epic work, The Cantos.  Streaming video                
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