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.
November 7, 2015
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.
May 21, 2013
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.
May 14, 2013
Interested 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.
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.)
January 23, 2012
Sometimes a poem seems to shimmer off the page as you read it. For Sebastian Lange, Mutability by Percy Bysshe Shelley took on a life of its own. Lange’s text-motion-video, flickermood, incorporates lines from Shelley’s poem along with other text and a jazz-funk sound track by Forss. flickermood has been around for a while…and it’s worth another look.