a short poem to watch

September 8, 2022

“Turkey Teacher” is a short film poem by Barbara West. Watch it here.

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.

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.

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.


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