Poetry Goes to the Movies

December 5, 2021

If you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and film, drop in on Adam O. Davis and Colin Waters as their new podcast series, “Poetry Goes to the Movies,” examines films made by poets, films about poets, and how some of their favorite films address traditional poetic concerns. Three of the podcasts are now available on the Poetry Goes to the Movies website and all your favorite podcast sources.

watch some poetry

July 27, 2021

Here’s more poetry for your viewing pleasure. IMMA is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for Modern and Contemporary Art. Poetry Speaks is an exhibition by the New York-based Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and Poetry Ireland, presented by IMMA.

This series of poetry films captures poets and actors from Ireland, the US and the UK, reading their own poems or works by beloved poets, that seek to integrate poetry into everyday life. Presented outside in the formal gardens at IMMA with four different monthly programmes of poetry films, each focused on a different theme.

Visit the Poetry Speaks page and use the plus ( + ) signs as you scroll down to access pages introducing each reader and a variety of audio and video readings.

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image: installation view, IMMA, Dublin

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.

This one got away, but we hope it will return, somewhere, sometime.

The wonderful writer Colm Tóibín sifted through the early writings of the much-beloved poet Eavan Boland to script a performance that was livestreamed all too briefly. Performed by Siobhán Cullen, Boland: Journey of a Poet is now available, alas, only as a preview and a very informative downloadable show program.

It may come around again. Watch for it.

watch some poetry

February 26, 2021

Take a break and watch some poetry. Tasty and bite-size, these short, animated films offer a visual perspective on poems and poetry.

On a related note, if you happen to be a young (25 or under) poet or filmmaker, Poetry Screen currently has an open call for short films that combine poetry and visuals. The deadline is June 1, 2021.

(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.


Experience Poetry

November 7, 2020

We’ve mentioned Krista Tippett and On Being here before. Now, On Being has created Experience Poetry to collect “all the ways poetry is manifest in our work — including interviews with poets, recorded readings with poets, episodes of Poetry Unbound, and discussions about poetry’s contribution to the common good.” Lots to enjoy, including a selection of short, animated poetry films.

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.

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