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Reality Radio, Second EditionTelling True Stories in Sound$
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John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633138

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633138.001.0001

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Finding the Poetry

Finding the Poetry

(p.154) Finding the Poetry
Reality Radio, Second Edition

Dmae Roberts

University of North Carolina Press

Dmae Roberts, of Portland, Oregon, is both artist and journalist and one of our more versatile producers. Her work has ranged from the experimental and nakedly personal (“Mei Mei: A Daughter’s Song”) to the sweeping historical documentary (Crossing East), with many stylistic stops in between. No matter the subject matter or the genre, an essential part of her work is the same: selecting and pruning the spoken words of others to “find the poetry,” as Dmae puts it. In “Mei Mei,” though, she helps to create the poetry. Dmae’s Taiwanese mother, in telling of being sold as a young child, struggles to express herself in English. So Dmae writes simple, poetic lines paraphrasing her mother and hires an actor to read them. She tweaks reality in pursuit of a truer portrait. It’s an act of radio craft, and of love.

Keywords:   Crossing East, poetic radio, radio craft, experimental radio

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