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Filmography - Poets and Poetry: M-S

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

Manuel Altolaguirre generation of '27. 2007.  Spanish Creators of the 20th Century: Spanish creators of the 20th Century.  1 streaming video file (51 min.) . Poet, editor, publisher, printer-Manuel Altolaguirre achieved success in all of these roles, living a life fully committed to Spanish literature. This program documents his career, travels, and romances, focusing on his membership in the Generation of '27, his actions during the Spanish Civil War, and his later years in Latin America. Featuring accounts of Altolaguirre's magazine and book publishing activities, the program sheds light on his friendship with Federico Garcia Lorca and the leadership role that Altolaguirre assumed in the anti-fascist movement after Lorca's murder. His sojourn in Cuba, his cinematic work in Mexico, and his divorce and second marriage are also depicted.  Streaming video
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Marge Piercy. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). At heart, Marge Piercy is a utopian, possessing what Margaret Atwood described as a view of human possibility ... that makes the present state of affairs clearly unacceptable by comparison.In this program, Bill Moyers and Ms. Piercy discuss topics such as the political and religious themes behind much of her writing and the curiosity and imagination that fuel her creativity. Readings by Ms. Piercy showcase The Book of Ruth and Naomi,To be of use,Kaddish,The hunger moon,For the young who want to,Coming up on September,and others. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video   
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Mark Doty, reading, 11 February 1997. 1997.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (37 min.). Mark Doty's five books of poetry include My Alexandria, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award; Atlantis; and Sweet Machine. Mr. Doty said he wrote Heaven's Coast, a memoir about his life with his partner who died of AIDS, when he realized "it would have felt in some way dishonest to the gravity and intensity of this time of grief to attempt to order it, to shape it in that very controlled way that poems are shaped. Potentially, it was an infinite book." Mr. Doty read from Atlantis, Heaven's Coast, and Sweet Machine and talked with Eloise Klein Healy, whose poetry books include Artemis in Echo Park and Ordinary Wisdom. Mark Doty's five books of poetry include My ALexandria which won the National Book Critics Award, Atlantis, and Sweet Machine. Mr. Doty read from Atlantis, Heaven's Coast and Sweet Machine.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/20393000

Mark Doty with Eloise Klein Healy, 11 February 1997. 1997.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (22 min.). Mark Doty's five books of poetry include My Alexandria, which won the National Book Critics' Circle Award; Atlantis; and Sweet Machine. Mr. Doty said he wrote Heaven's Coast, a memoir about his life with his partner who died of AIDS, when he realized "it would have felt in some way dishonest to the gravity and intensity of this time of grief to attempt to order it, to shape it in that very controlled way that poems are shaped. Potentially, it was an infinite book." Mr. Doty read from Atlantis, Heaven's Coast, and Sweet Machine and talked with Eloise Klein Healy, whose poetry books include Artemis in Echo Park and Ordinary Wisdom. Mark Doty's five books of poetry include My Alexandria which won the National Book Critics Award, Atlantis, and Sweet Machine. Mr. Doty read from Atlantis, Heaven's Coast and Sweet Machine.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/20392965

Mary Oliver, Reading, 4 August 2001. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.   1 streaming video file (46 min.). "Mary Oliver's poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her recent books include Owls and Other Fantasies, Why I Wake Early, and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing." Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Distributed by Tubemogul.".  Strreaming video
http://vimeo.com/11384221

Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks, conversation, 4 August 2001. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (34 min.). Mary Oliver reads from her poetry and is interviewed by Coleman Barks.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/11367099

Maryse Condé speaks from the heart. 2005.  Ethnic expressions from the mosaic of the Americas: Ethnic expressions from the mosaic of the Americas.  1 videodisc (48 min.). Ann Armstrong Scarboro interviews author Maryse Condé, who has written among other things, novels, plays, children's books and numerous literary essays.  DVD 8230

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, reading, 1 April 1999. 1999.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (44 min.). Mei Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Fish Souls, Summits Move with the Tide, Random Possessions, Sphericity, and The Four Year Old Girl. Her work has been described as "spiritual exercises in physical form."  Ms. Berssenbrugge has received fellowships from the NEA and two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. She read on April 1, 1999, and discussed her work with Lannan Poetry Award winner, Arthur Sze.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12812214

Mei Mei Berssenbrugge with Arthur Sze, 1 April 1999. 1999.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (25 min.). Mei Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Fish Souls, Summits Move with the Tide, Random Possessions, Sphericity, and The Four Year Old Girl. Her work has been described as "spiritual exercises in physical form."  Ms. Berssenbrugge has received fellowships from the NEA and two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. She read on April 1, 1999, and discussed her work with Lannan Poetry Award winner, Arthur Sze.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12811950

The Metaphysical poets. 1998.  1 streaming video file (30 min.). In a reaction against Elizabethan-period poetry, 17th-century English poets such as John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, and Andrew Marvell began writing in a new style. Although derisively dubbed metaphysicalbecause of its unseemly-that is, intellectual-nature, metaphysical poetry soon became appreciated for its remarkable blend of emotion and erudition, as evidenced by complex conceits, unconventional imagery, and the avoidance of smooth and regular meter. This program spotlights the works of the genre's founder, John Donne, as Dr. Daniella Havenstein of Oxford University and Judith Aldridge of the University of Central England interpret and analyze some of his best-known poems, along with the works of other metaphysical poets. Streaming video http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=8604&xtid=8668

Miguel de Unamuno el rector. 2005.  Generacion del '98: Generacion del '98.  1 streaming video file (55 min.). A distinguished senior member of the Generation of '98 and Rector of Salamanca University, Miguel de Unamuno considered himself an "ideoclast": someone who breaks in ideas like boots, making them his own by wearing and using them. This program combines documentary material and dramatizations to present the story of a multitalented Spanish philosopher, essayist, novelist, poet, and playwright against the backdrop of his turbulent times.  Streaming video             
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Miguel Hernandez. 2005.  1 streaming video file (52 min.). From a poor goatherd in youth to a defeated soldier languishing in prison, the story of poet Miguel Hernandez is as romantic as it is tragic. Filmed on location, this program chronicles the life of Hernandez, a casualty of the Spanish Civil War whose poetry reflected all the beauty and sorrow of his native country. Manuscripts, photos, and documentary footage complement a thorough survey of his powerful works, including Perito en Lunas, El Rayo Que No Cesa, El Gallo Crisis, and Teatro en la Guerra.  Streaming video
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N. Scott Momaday. 1994.  1 streaming video file (45 min.). N. Scott Momaday is the most widely published and read of the Native American writers, and the recipient of the most valued awards and prizes for both his poetry and his prose. A Ph.D. in English literature, he has combined his study of Western literature with the themes as well as the structures of his Kiowa Indian heritage. Here, Momaday discusses what it means to a Native American to be an American citizen, and reveals the artist, thinker, and imaginative creator behind (or perhaps at the core of) his impressive and important body of work.  Streaming video
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Neruda let me sing for you. 2005.  1 streaming video file (41 min.). Nicknamed "The Emperor of the Stage," Franklin Caicedo has applied his remarkable talents to create a one-man show that movingly evokes the spirit of Chile's greatest poet, Pablo Neruda. In this program, Caicedo is filmed onstage, with students in a park, and at a variety of other venues as he dramatically recites "The Words," "Not Only Fire," "I Like You When You Are Silent," "Self-Portrait," "The Question," The Dead Woman," "Farewell," "Saddest Poem," "Letter on My Travels," and other selections from Neruda's oeuvre.  Streaming video
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Octavio Paz. 1998.  1 streaming video file (90 min.). The evocative poems of Octavio Paz, as featured in Pasado en claro, are nourished by Paz' intrinsic belief that poetry constitutes the secret religion of the modern age.A remarkable prose stylist, he also wrote a large body of essays on poetics, literary and art criticism, and Mexican history, politics, and culture. In this program, the late Nobel Laureate addresses a variety of subjects, including his ongoing interest in politics, his views on relations between Mexico and Spain, the aesthetics of surrealism, and the characteristics of great writers.  Streaming video
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Octavio Paz, 18 October 1988. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (57 min.). "Octavio Paz (1914-1998) was born in Mexico and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He read from The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz 1957-1987, in Spanish, with his translator Eliot Weinberger, who read the English versions of the poems. The reading took place on October 18, 1988, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Paz was interviewed in English by poet Lewis MacAdams and in Spanish by Professor Enrico Santi. Distributed by Tubemogul. ".  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/11367143

Pablo Neruda Chile's master poet. 2006.  Biografia: The Lives of Latin American Writers: Biografia.  1 streaming video file (28 min.). The life and work of Pablo Neruda-Nobel Laureate, statesman, renowned poet-both reflect and embody the events that shaped the 20th century. Born in Chile, he fled as a political refugee in 1948, not to return until 1952. Through archival material, Neruda's writings, and interviews with family, friends, and scholars, this program presents Neruda's life and the times that molded it.  Streaming video
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Pablo Neruda Closer to blood than to ink . 1998.  1 streaming video file (47 min.). Equally adept at writing simple love lyrics, surreal works of great complexity, and even epics, Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda was a master of many forms of poetry. This captivating program tells the story of the poet's life and prodigious work, set against the backdrop of the country that inspired him. Readings from his massive oeuvre amply demonstrate his sincere commitment to the Communist Party and his abiding love for the natural world. Described by Federico Garcia Lorca as a writer closer to death than to philosophy, closer to grief than to intellect, closer to blood than to ink,Pablo Neruda stands as Chile's greatest poet.  Streaming video
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Pablo Neruda Love, protest, and exile. 2006.  1 streaming video file (50 min.). Pablo Neruda epitomizes the Latin American intersection of politics and poetry. This program illustrates the magnitude of his achievements, examining his literary output as well as his political activities. Incorporating archival photographs, film footage, and scholarly commentary, the video describes Neruda's early writing, his attitude toward Stalin, his embrace of Communism, and the ideological stances that compelled him into hiding and exile. His love poems, his 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, his contributions as Chilean diplomat and senator, and his passionate protest against the interference of the Nixon administration are all featured.  Streaming video
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Pablo Neruda, poet. 1972?  1 videodisc (30 min.). Examines the life and work of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, including an interview conducted shortly before his death.  DVD 6971

Patti Smith Dream of life. 2009.  1 videodisc (109 min.). Patti Smith is a renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Her music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. Traces Patti's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Touches on her early days in New York City and includes the people dearest to her, her family, and the political causes she champions.  MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 250

Pere Gimferrer. 2006.  1 streaming video file (28 min.). Baroque in style and metaphysical in tone, Arde el Mar established Pere Gimferrer as one of the leading voices of his generation. This program presents an interview with the award-winning poet, who has written collections in both Catalan and Spanish. Along with discussing his aesthetic approach, Gimferrer talks about some of his most recent works, including Mascarada and El Agente Provocador.  Streaming video
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Poet Laureate Rita Dove. 1994.  1 streaming video file (60 min.). A Pulitzer Prize-winner before she was 35, Rita Dove is the youngest poet to have held the post of Poet Laureate of the United States (1993-1995). In this program with Bill Moyers, Dove talks about her life and work, the relationship between poetry and power, and her plans for taking poetry to the people. The program also features Dove reading extensive selections from her works (including her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Thomas and Beulah) and in performance before an audience.  Streaming video
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A poet's guide to Britain. 2010.  1 videodisc (175 min.). Owen Sheers explores six works of poetry about the British landscape.  DVD 7946

Poetry and its relevance An experiment. 2004.  1 streaming video file (13 min.). What is poetry, and what place does it have in today's society? In an attempt to answer these questions, two filmmakers stood an old refrigerator on a busy San Francisco street corner, invited passersby to compose poems using magnetic poetry kits, and filmed the intriguing results. Both funny and poignant, this jewel of a program will make a provocative addition to courses on creative writing, poetics, language studies, and the sociology of contemporary culture. Serendipitously inspired and surprisingly profound.  Streaming video
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Poetry slams Reasserting poetry's oral tradition. 1999.  1 streaming video file (25 min.). Part performance, part competition, poetry slams are boosting poetry's popularity with children, teens, and even adults. In section one of this NewsHour report, Elizabeth Farnsworth talks with nationally ranked slammers Ariana Waynes and Roger Bonair-Augard about the concept of slamming and their experiences with the genre. In section two, Spencer Michels investigates the positive impact that slamming is having on at-risk youth, as demonstrated by the Youth Poetry Slam League sponsored by WritersCorps, an organization that works with young writers in schools, detention centers, housing projects, and shelters.  Streaming video
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Rafael Alberti. 2006.  1 streaming video file (25 min.). Deftly interweaving political concerns into his poetry, Rafael Alberti fashioned a literary style suited to the social turmoil of the 20th century. This program shows the evolution of that style, from the highly personal Marinero en Tierra, to the balance of playfulness and melancholy in El Alba de Alheli, to the mystical and nearly apocalyptic Sobre los Angeles. Detailing Alberti's travels across Europe and to the Soviet Union, the United States, and South America-including Argentina, where he spent 23 years of his life-this energetic biography also highlights Alberti's involvement with painting and theater, as well as with the Spanish Communist party.  Streaming video
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Rainer Maria Rilke A poet's cosmology. 1996.  1 streaming video file (42 min.). Rainer Maria Rilke's supreme mastery of the German language, which he manipulated with an unprecedented subtlety and plasticity, forms the bedrock upon which his reputation as one of the 20th century's finest and most influential poets is built. This program interweaves biographical details of Rilke's restless and emotionally troubled life, extracts from his letters, and readings from the Duino Elegies-his culminating literary achievement. Imbued with the most minute shades of meaning, Rilke's intensely personalized elegies stand as a monument to his great technical ability and his complex poetic vision.  Streaming video
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Robert Burns A concise biography. 2011.  Famous authors: Famous authors.  1 streaming video file (35 min.). This program from the Famous Authors series offers an overview of Robert Burns’ life and major works, including occasional poems, reflective poems, dramatic poems, and lyrics. Beginning with a reading of  (3 )4z (BTo a Mouse, (3 )4y  (Bthe video introduces Burns parents, William and Agnes Burns, who, though poor farmers, supported the writer’s education and surrounded him with Scottish folk songs. As he grew older, Burns rebelled against traditional Scottish values of chastity and modesty in both his life and his poetry, and engaged in a debate group with friends. After some personal scandal and the literary success of his first book of poems, Burns moved from the family farm to Edinburgh and used social connections to gain a position as an exciseman and to his literary advantage. His various love affairs and a life-long search for intellectual equals left Burns unsatisfied.  Streaming video
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Robert Creeley, reading, 16 April 1990. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (58 min.). "Robert Creeley, one of the most influential American poets of his generation, launched the Black Mountain poetry movement with Charles Olson. He has said, "I write when no other act is possible." He read from The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945-1975; Mirrors, Windows; and from work in progress on April 16, 1990.".  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12058890

Robert Hass, reading, 22 October 1998. 1998.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.   1 streaming video file (59 min.). Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide and Sun Under Wood as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. In his role as United States Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy, armed with the mantra, "imagination makes communities." He crisscrossed the country speaking at Rotary Club meetings, raising money to organize conferences such as Watershed, which brought together noted novelists, poets, and storytellers to talk about writing, nature, and community.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12812643

Robert Hass with Jorie Graham, 22 October 1998 1998.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (31 min.). Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide and Sun Under Wood as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. In his role as United States Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy, armed with the mantra, "imagination makes communities." He crisscrossed the country speaking at Rotary Club meetings, raising money to organize conferences such as Watershed, which brought together noted novelists, poets, and storytellers to talk about writing, nature, and community.  Streaming video
http://vimeo.com/12814774

Robert Pinsky. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States for an unprecedented third term, finds his inspiration in common things, transforming the culturally unpoetic into masterpieces of verbal expression. In this program, Bill Moyers and Mr. Pinsky discuss topics including his love of the English language, the pervasive influence of history, and the flourishing of poetry on the Internet. Readings by Mr. Pinsky feature ABC,Ginza Samba,Poem with Refrains,To Television,and From the Childhood of Jesus.Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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Robert Pinsky Our premier poet scholar. 1999.  1 streaming video file (49 min.). Three-time American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has labored on many fronts for the advancement of his art. This program offers an in-depth look into three main areas of Pinsky's efforts: his translation of Dante's Inferno, featuring extended excerpts of his lecture on rendering the classic into English, as well as readings from it; his own highly accomplished poetry; and his initiative as Poet Laureate, The Favorite Poem Project. Along with interviews and aptly chosen visuals, the poet reads two of his own pieces, Ginza Sambaand Shirt.Acclaimed British actor Michael York has said of this documentary: Pinsky is a spellbinding speaker and the quintessence of eloquence.  Streaming video
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Ruben Dario. 2006.  1 streaming video file (23 min.). Considered by many as the first Modernist poet to write in Spanish, Ruben Dario is a major 20th-century literary figure by any reckoning. This program explores his life and work, with attention to both verse and prose achievements. Identifying Azul as the genesis of Spanish-language Modernism, the video also explores Dario's Profane Hymns, which established his prominence among Latin American poets of the period. His horror story Thanatopia, his journalistic work for La Nacion, his pacifist efforts prior to World War I, and his service as a diplomat are discussed as well-reflecting Dario's importance in a time of political and artistic upheaval.  Streaming video
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Sayat Nova The color of pomegranates. 2001.  1 videodisc (88 min.). A dramatized life of the 18th century Armenian national poet Sayat Nova.  HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6194

Seamus Heaney looking back. 2005.  1 streaming video file (52 min.). Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has been judged by Robert Lowell to be the most important Irish poet since Yeats. This classic program looks back over Heaney's career at the time his best-selling collection Seeing Things-a return to the rural childhood territory of his very first book-was published, offering a rare opportunity to hear the poet read and discuss his work. Through poems including "Death of a Naturalist," "The Toome Road," "Wheels Within Wheels," "The Strand at Lough Beg" and "Seeing Things," he describes his efforts to balance losses with life's marvels, the lyrical with the elegiac, and social responsibility with creative freedom in a society divided by religion and politics.  Streaming video
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Seamus Heaney with Dennis O'Driscoll, conversation, 1 October 2003. 2011.  Lannan Foundation videos: Lannan Foundation videos.  1 streaming video file (39 min.). Irish poet Seamus Heaney reads from his work and is interviewed by Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll on October 1, 2003.  Streaming video
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Simon Schama's John Donne. 2009.  1 streaming video file (58 min.). For Columbia University's Simon Schama, John Donne is the poet who transformed English verse through a raw emotional honesty coupled with a virtuosic skill with language. Drawing upon the observations of John Carey, literary critic and author of John Donne: Life, Mind, and Art, and insightful readings by actress Fiona Shaw, Schama undertakes a passionate appraisal of Donne's work. Simon Schama's John Donne vividly brings to life the brilliant and ambitious poet, his ardent writings, and his turbulent times. "To His Mistress Going to Bed," "The Canonization," "The Good-Morrow," and "Holy Sonnet XIV" are given particular attention.  Streaming video
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The simple acts of life. 1989.  1 streaming video file (60 min.). This program was filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, where poets gather every two years to read and discuss their work with large audiences of students and fellow poets. In this program, poets Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, and William Stafford read and discuss their work. As Robert Bly observes: Suppose you only knew 15 words. You could still make great poetry out of that, if you really felt those words.  Streaming video
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Slamnation The sport of spoken word. 2005.  2 videodiscs (91 min.). Before Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam, Slamnation captured the cutthroat world of spoken-word poetry. The film follows Saul Williams and three other top poets as they make their way to the National Poetry Slam, the Super Bowl of poetry.  DVD 9257

SlamNation The sport of spoken word-educator's edition. 1998.  1 streaming video file (50 min.). Is it a verbal slugfest that debases poetry or a vibrant echo of Homer and the drama competitions of ancient Athens? Is it all about winning or is it an inclusive grassroots art movement? No matter how you define it, one thing is clear: slam poetry draws a crowd. This program spotlights movers and shakers in the slam community as they compete in the seventh annual National Poetry Slam in Portland, Oregon. On-stage footage captures the manic energy and wordplay required of all slam poets as well as the elimination-round system that culminates in a cash prize and championship trophy. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes interviews with performers Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Taylor Mali, and others help to illustrate participant goals, attitudes, and processes. Marc Smith, inventor of slam poetry, introduces the film. This classroom-friendly version is shortened to less than an hour and contains no profanity or sexual content. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online.  Streaming video
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Some can sing. 1995.  1 streaming video file (56 min.). Poetry's ability to bridge gaps and cross boundaries is emphasized in this program through the works of Robert Hass, Claribel Alegria, and Carolyn Forche. Distinctly different in terms of background and style, these three artists are identical in their ability to transport audiences to new places, new feelings, and new hopes. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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Something wonderful may happen New York School of Poets and beyond. 2002.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (57 min.).  In the years after World War II the New York School of Poets set a new agenda for American literature with poetry that did not shy away from common language, cliches and humor. The core of the movement was a small group of writers including Museum of Modern Art curator Frank O Hara and his friends John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch. This new generation of poets and artists was fuelled by a strange mix of optimism and disillusion, fresh energy and dissatisfaction with the prevalent conformity of the time. The New York School of Poets manifested a powerful departure from traditional poetry. Today they are considered among the most important 20th century poets in America. This lively and comprehensive film presents readings and interviews with Ashbery and Koch as well as rare archival footage of O Hara. Two younger poets, David Lehman (author of The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets, 1998), and Charles Bernstein, (coeditor of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E) read poems and discuss the New York School. Lehman recites his poem "Twin Towers", remarkable for its relevance today and for its prescience as he expresses his emotions after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Other writers appearing include: Hettie Jones, Jordan Davis, and Bill Morgan. In addition, artists Jane Freilicher, Alfred Leslie and Larry Rivers discuss the important connections between the writers and the famous visual artists of the 1950s (the New York School of Painters).  Streaming video
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The spirit of lorca.  2005.  1 streaming video file (76 min.). In a brief life filled with prodigious artistic achievements, Federico Garcia Lorca's greatest legacy may well be his complex and compelling personality. Filmed on location in Spain, this program profiles the immortalized poet/dramatist, capturing the potent essence of Spanish culture in the process. Extracts from his poems, plays, and letters demonstrate his duende-burning passion-for the arts, while the details of his life and violent death, as told by his biographer Ian Gibson, contemporaries Rafael Alberti and Luis Rosales, and others, present a thoughtful perspective on Spain's revered literary icon.  Streaming video
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Stanley Kunitz. 1999.  1 streaming video file (27 min.). The recipient of virtually every honor that can be bestowed upon a poet, Stanley Kunitz has been a source of encouragement for a century of budding talent and a tireless promoter of the arts. In this program, Bill Moyers and Mr. Kunitz discuss topics such as his love of life and the recurring theme of renewal in his work. Readings by Mr. Kunitz spotlight The Flight of Apollo,The Lincoln Relics,The Quarrel,Vita Nuova,The Round,The Portrait,Passing Through,and The Layers.Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.  Streaming video
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Straight up rappin. 1993.  Filmakers library online.  1 online resource (28 min.). Anybody who believes that crime, poverty, and drugs have killed political thought among the young people of America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods, has only to see Straight Up Rappin to be set straight. This compelling documentary is about rap as it is declaimed in the streets of New York, straight up - without music. These rappers, amateurs all, feel a compelling need to express their feelings about the world they live in. There are ten-year olds who rap about the Bill of Rights, young men who rap about homelessness and child abuse, a young woman who raps about revolution. The powerful and often bitter words of their street poetry, expresses the political consciousness of their generation.  Streaming video
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Swirl like a leaf. 1995.  1 streaming video file (56 min.). Poetry offers a way for individuals to make sense of themselves, understand their motivations and fears, gain insight into their past and their future. As this program shows, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Robert Bly, and Marilyn Chin have all found routes to self-discovery and personal reconciliation through writing. Filmed at the Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Streaming video
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