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”

binge!

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.

film poems

May 19, 2021

Magma Poetry is a poetry journal out of the UK. It is published three times a year, with a different editor for each issue. In addition to the poems, articles, etc., available on the journal’s website, Magma Poetry offers a page of film poems. Take a break. Have a look.

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.

Enjoy.

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.

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