more poetry on film

August 21, 2022

In case you missed Love Jones in 1997, when it was released, it features an ensemble cast and spoken-word poetry by Sonia Sanchez from her book Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems. An Audience Award winner at Sundance, it was critically acclaimed, even as it performed modestly at the box office. The film is available for streaming and also on disc from a local library.

the other Emily

August 12, 2022

Because we like to keep you informed about what’s going on at the intersection of poetry and film, here comes Emily, a biopic about Emily Brontë. Starring Emma Mackey, the film will premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival before its U.S. release, anticipated in 2023. Meanwhile, Literary Hub invites you to “Watch the trailer for the sexy, creepy, totally inaccurate new Emily Brontë biopic.”

more poetry on film

July 10, 2022

“An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don’t Be Nice is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer’s workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize.” Watch it on Apple TV, Google Play, and elsewhere, and on DVD.

poetry at the movies

June 5, 2022

The film Benediction from director Terence Davies opens in theaters this week. Its subject is British poet Siegfried Sassoon. Get ready for the film by reading reviews by A.O. Scott in the New York Times or Mark Kermode in the Guardian, and by reading a selection of Sassoon’s poems.

watch some poems

January 30, 2022

A project of The Institute of Experimental Arts in Athens, Greece, film poetry international has a library of mostly contemporary film and video, free to watch online. Take a break. Watch some poetry.

P.S.: If you’re interested in poetry on film, the REELpoetry Festival 2022 will be happening February 25-27 in Houston and online. Tickets required; more than a hundred poetry films/videos will be screened.

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson is now setting up screenings of “Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind,” her feature-length documentary about the poetry and life of Ruth Stone.

…the film, 12 years in the making, combines verité footage of Ruth at different times of her life, reciting poetry and talking about how she writes, intertwined with lively and heartfelt observations of people who knew her. These include award-winning poets Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Major Jackson, Chard DeNiord, and Edward Hirsch, as well as those who knew her best — her daughters and grandchildren. The film is enhanced with animation by granddaughter Bianca Stone, an accomplished poet and artist, and rare archival 16mm footage by Sidney Wolinsky of Ruth entertaining students and reciting poetry.

Read an interview with Nora Jacobson here, and more about the filmmaker and her other projects here.


December 6, 2021

The National Poet for Scotland is known as Scots Makar. When Kathleen Jamie was appointed Makar in August 2021, her first project was to create a collaborative nature poem. She invited the Scottish public to submit a single line of poetry in English, Scots, or Gaelic, and from the thousand responses, she worked with artist Alastair Cook to create three film poems, which were screened at the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Watch them here.

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thanks to Lori Lowrance, Lynn Carrigan, and Jo Hoskins for the heads up
photo of cat reading poems

Some poems to watch

October 16, 2021

A handful of poetry films, listed alphabetically by poet (watch films for additional credits):

Safia Elhillo “Application for the position of Abdelhalim Hafez’s girl”

Mary Elizabeth Frye “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”

Fiona Tinwei Lam “PlasticPoems”

Alice Oswald “Shadow”

Percy Bysshe Shelley “Ozymandias”

Eduardo Yagüe “Los caballos están tristes” / “The horses are so sad”


July 3, 2021

LOC logo in all caps with the word LIBRARY in extra large black letters

Looking for something to do over the long weekend? You could binge on poetry videos over at the Library of Congress. If you search Films, Videos / poetry the resulting 2,860 items are available for online viewing. There are readings, festivals, lectures, and much more. It’s not exactly clear what order they’re in, but you can do more refined searches if there’s something special you’d like to see. There are also 685 audio/poetry recordings for your listening pleasure. You may need extra popcorn for this binge.

read, hear, see poetry

June 17, 2021

black letters on white ground: ON BEING Experience Poetry

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we remind you that Experience Poetry has a wealth of free offerings, including interviews with poets from On Being with Krista Tippett, links to Poetry Unbound podcasts, poetry films, and much more.

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