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This 2-DVD set contains all 5 episodes of the series.
PART 1: The Land and the People
Poetry in a New World! A place where our different origins and lineages mirror sensibilities and traditions to come together as a new poetry. Featured: former US Poet laureate Rita Dove, Indian cowboy poet Henry Real Bird, hiphop meets sound poet Tracie Morris, Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, Jeff Tagami, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Sparrow, Everton Sylvester, Lord Buckley, and more.
PART 2: A Day in the Life
Cycle. Routine. Rhythm. From our first waking minute to setting our alarm clock for the next morning, we are waltz and stumble to the drumbeat of time in all its shapes and form. Hear the words of two Nobel Prize-winners, Derek Walcott and Czeslaw Milosz, as well as Thylias Moss, CD Wright, Dennis Cooper, Hal Sirowitz, Paul Beatty, Pedro Pietri, cheerleaders, auctioneers, and square-dance callers, among others.
PART 3: The American Dream
Can poetry be politicized? What does it mean to be a poem if it contains a political message? Has it ceased to be poetry and become propaganda? Listen to Leonard Cohen, Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wanda Coleman, Vess Quinlin, Genny Lim, Ruth Forman, Luis Alfaro, and Jim Northrup.
PART 4: Love and Sex
What is love? An eternal question that gives vent to what is arguably the subject closest to a Poet s heart. Can love be dissected? The subject of love is uppermost in the minds of poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Nobel-Prize winner Joseph Brodsky, rockers Lou Reed, Maggie Estep and John S. Hall, Quincy Troupe, Pear Cleage, Sandra Cisneros and Miguel Algarin.
PART 5: The Word
Poems are made of words. Is ''the apple'' green? or yellow? Hanging on a tree or baked in a pie? Is it knowledge, the darling of your eye, or New York City? All the above and more. This episode features Johnny Depp reading Jack Kerouac s Mexico City Blues, American Sign Language poet Peter Cook, President Jimmy Carter talks about the Cosmos, and other poets give us their take; Michael Franti, Robert Creeley, Ai, Larry Eigner, Carla Harryman, Emily XYZ.
Unabashedly celebrates the Word. These days, that's downright courageous. --New York Times
Excellent film! Enjoyed every moment! And plan to do so again. Poetry is alive in this; just about any moment is transformed into the daily art of life.Published 3 months ago by forker girl
I'd give it 5 stars for content. It's an amazing compilation - diverse poets, experiences and the way in which it's organized via themes works well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by a romdomsky
i watched this series in my creative writing class for our poetry section. we were all pretty blown away when a guy in a white suit drinking a martini came on screen and recited... Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by IanG
Presented with the quality and grounding of traditional acedemia, it reaches into the heart and beauty of layman's culture. Read morePublished on April 23, 2009 by Kalman Z.