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'Poetry In America, Season 2'
(Marilyn Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Randy Komisar, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Katie Couric, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: Poets, public figures and members of various communities join series creator Elisa New to engage in close readings of a single American poem.

Each episode mixes lively discussion with archival materials, location footage and vivid animation.

The series offers audiences an immersive and accessible experience in reading poems that touch on many aspects of American life, past and present.

DVD Verdict: In the second season of 'Poetry in America', guests join Elisa New for a lively and immersive discussion of the poems of Marilyn Chin, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Moore, Mark Doty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Stephen Sondheim, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman.

Produced by Leah Reis Dennis and Cathleen O'Connell, and Narrated by Host Elisa New, this is a truly fabulous series that does an excellent job of showcasing a diverse range of classic and contemporary American poems.

Each episode is a deep dive into the historical and literary context, language, and form of a single poem, some well-known and beloved and others newly discovered.

Professor New's interviews with writers, musicians, artists, politicians, and everyday people lend profound insights into the vitality and necessity of poetry and how it shapes our public and private life.

Personally, I am very grateful and most definitely humbled to have these 8, 20-odd minute discussions of specific poems to view from my sofa and with others surrounding me.

Many poets and poetry teachers get locked into one form of discipline to discuss poems - and only the "approved" poems - but here we get given a wondrous mix and blend of different poems, and from a wide range of known and unknown people.

Simply put, poetry is an extraordinary art. It nourishes everyone. So please purchase this DVD today. You, and your family and friends, will not regret it. Of that you have my word.

Includes: Urban Love Poem – Marilyn Chin
One Art – Elizabeth Bishop
The Fish – Marianne Moore
This Your Home Now – Mark Doty
Finishing the Hat – Stephen Sondheim
You and I Are Disappearing – Yusef Komunyakaa
This Is Just to Say – William Carlos Williams
Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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