gamer poetry

June 20, 2017

In the ongoing eclectic meandering that is The Poetry Department, we’ve stumbled across a new corner of the poetry world: gaming. If you’re a video gamer, you may already know about it. If not, meet Cartridge Lit, “an online literature mag dedicated to showcasing the best lit — fiction, nonfiction, poetry — inspired by video games.” Poems, online chapbooks, and more. Cartridge Lit online and on Facebook.

Visible Poetry

April 20, 2017

Here at The Poetry Department we try to keep tabs on the intersection of poetry and other media. The Visible Poetry Project sits right at that intersection, pairing filmmakers and poets “to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems.” For National Poetry Month, VPP is posting a new visual poem each day at 9 AM EST. There will also be a screening on Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, at The City Reliquary in Brooklyn, New York.

Find out more about the project and watch the videos at the Visible Poetry Project website.

watch and listen

March 15, 2017

Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths has partnered with The Academy of American Poets to release online a series of videos called P.O.P. (“Poets on Poetry”). Each video features a contemporary American poet reading two poems — one of their own and one by another poet — and talking about the poems they’ve selected. The “poet then answers a question s/he has selected from a pool of anonymous questions generated from other participants,” creating a sort of ongoing conversation.

In a related essay, Griffiths describes the project as a kind of three-dimensional portraiture, “a sequence of visual poems, nuanced and calibrated as Russian dolls.”

Visit the P.O.P. page and listen in.

Emily anew

November 7, 2015

Emily reworked

This is not the Emily Dickinson you’re used to. Yes, the words are there on screen, but they are spoken in Korean and animated in juicy color over a background of music and sautée. Watch, listen and read all about it thanks to The Atlantic Monthly.

watching poetry…

May 21, 2013

The Poetry Station

The Poetry Station was a UK pilot project to put poets on video online. Unfortunately, the collection is no longer growing, but happily, the recordings that were posted during the project’s year-long tenure are still available for viewing. Go watch some poetry at The Poetry Station, or drop in to The Poetry Station on Facebook to see the latest goings-on, including news about the Poetry Station app.

poetry and film

May 14, 2013

Moving PoemsInterested in the intersection of poetry and film? If you’re intrigued by the idea of poetry films that go beyond people reading poems on screen, have a look at the growing film archive at Moving Poems.

Started by Dave Bonta as a way of learning more about making videopoetry, the site features an extensive and international list of poets and filmmakers. There’s a forum, lists of resources and film after film after film. You can drop in at Moving Poems or subscribe.

If you’re interested in cinepoetry and you’re on Facebook, you may also want to visit or join the Visible Verse Festival group.

poetry in motion…

February 7, 2012


Reading a poem on the page is one way to experience it. Hearing it read aloud is another. Seeing the poem interpreted visually while you read and hear it is the work of Motionpoems, a remarkable collaboration between poets, visual and sonic artists and filmmakers.

Founded in 2008, the nonprofit Motionpoems turns “great contemporary poems into short films for big-screen and online distribution” and offers a stunning selection on their website. The full text of each poem is printed below the Vimeo screen. Motionpoems offers a free monthly subscription and can also be found on Facebook.

Thomas Lux, whose poem Render, Render is animated by Jeff Saunders, says:

“Of all the new ways people are trying to disseminate the art form of poetry, I think Motionpoems is one of the most original and the one to appeal most to lovers of poetry, particularly to younger people, and that’s important: among them are the poets of the future, and among them are readers of the future.”

Take a look…and listen.

(Thanks to Sheila Sondik for bringing Motionpoems to our attention.)

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