now streaming

April 7, 2021

It has been a couple of years since we mentioned The Film and Video Poetry Society, whose mission is “to encourage film and video poets to further their ongoing explorations by providing a platform for these artists to activate, collaborate, discuss, and maintain creative work developed through the convergence of these art forms.”

In addition to an annual symposium (submissions are open for the 2021 symposium through September 4, 2021), FVPS livestreams video poetry 24 hours a day. Drop in any time.

FVPS is also on Facebook.

(lots) more poetry on film

December 14, 2020

The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin has been around since 2002. It was the first and is the largest international platform for short films based on poetry and has been hosted in nearly 50 countries around the world. Some 2,000 entries from over 100 countries were submitted to the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020.

Since its founding in 1991, the Haus für Poesie, formerly the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, has been promoting and supporting all areas of literature, but especially poetry, both as the written word and in conjunction with other art forms and media. Focused exclusively on poetry since 2000, it is the venue where contemporary poetry in all its diversity of forms is showcased and discussed. On the Haus für Poesie website, you can view the winning films of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival from 2002 – 2020.


Take a short break to enjoy “Blessings,” a short film by Emmy-winning filmmaker Andrew Hinton, musician and composer Owen Ó Súilleabháin, and the words and voice of poet David Whyte. The video is just one of many worthwhile offerings to be found at Emergence Magazine.

poetry films

October 11, 2020

Fiona Tinwei Lam is a poet and filmmaker. Watch a selection of short poetry videos on her website.

poetry to watch

September 24, 2020

A couple of months ago, we published a guest post by Kelli Russell Agodon about her pandemic poetry collaboration with Melissa Studdard.

I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (Saint Julian Press, 2014) is a poetry collection by Melissa Studdard, a poem in the collection, and a short film by Dan Sickles made from the poem. Watch “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” on YouTube.

watch some poetry

August 30, 2020

There’s poetry worth watching on Poetry + Video.

For example, here’s Kaspar Hauser Lied, an animation by Susanne Wiegner visualizing a poem by Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887 – 1914).

And here is Misery, a video by Marie Craven featuring erasure/collage poetry by Sarah Sloat that sources text from Stephen King’s book of the same name.

And here is Imagining Time, a video by Jelena Sinik, inspired by “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot.

There are many more short films on the Poetry + Video site. Enjoy.

more poems to watch

August 11, 2020

The 1982 film “Poetry in Motion,” produced and directed by Ron Mann, presents poets performing their own work, plus parts of an interview with Charles Bukowski. The 90-minute film, which was awarded Best Documentary, Chicago Film Festival, was apparently edited down from 47 hours of footage.

There’s a trailer on Vimeo (the poets are wonderful, the voice over not so much) and you can find the film in the usual places, including the public library’s Kanopy system.

more poetry on film

July 10, 2020

“A Place to Stand” is a film based on a memoir of the same name by poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. Learn more and watch the trailer here. The film is available most places you can rent or download movies, including the free public library streaming system, Kanopy.

poems to watch

June 14, 2020

Lucy English is a UK-based spoken word poet and novelist. For her ambitious project The Book of Hours, she collaborated with an international community of film makers to create “a contemporary re-imagining of a Medieval book of hours.” For each month, four short films use English’s poems in films of morning, afternoon, evening, and night. The films are abstract and quite different from one another. They’re free to watch and you can also go to the Credits page and find links to her collaborators and their other film/poetry work.

Lucy English is also co-creator of the poetry film organization Liberated Words, where there is much more about poetry on film and video.

and another…

April 28, 2020

Here’s another film for your list: “Before Night Falls.” Based on the autobiography of Cuban poet/novelist/playwright Reinaldo Arenas and directed by Julian Schnabel, the film stars Javier Bardem.

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