This month, in honor of American Archives Month, we’ve premiered a brand-new series called Poetry Breaks, a series of archival videos filmed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by creator Leita Luchetti, who co-produced the series with the WGBH New Television Workshops. Each short video features a celebrated poet reading their work and discussing their take on poetry in a variety of locations. We have partnered with Luchetti to present these videos, which we will be unveiling once a week for the next several months.

Kicking off this Poetry Breaks series was a video of Philip Levine reading his poem “M. Degas Teaches Art & Science at Durfee Intermediate School, Detroit 1942” and a video of Galway Kinnell reading his poem “Daybreak.” Watch these Poetry Breaks videos and check back in each week for more from this ongoing series.

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