look, listen, watch

June 6, 2022

We mention the University of Arizona Poetry Center with some frequency because their work on behalf of poetry and poets is worthwhile wherever you live. Among the Center’s many programs is the audiovisual archive Voca. The archive features audio and video recordings from the Center’s Reading Series and other readings as well as images from the Center’s photographic archives.

Archive access is free. You can browse or search in a variety of ways, such as by reading series, by reader, or by tag (topic). You can also find curated selections from Voca on the Poetry Centered podcast, which just completed its fifth season.

Late last year, the University announced that the Poetry Center had received a $135,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funds will be used to create captions for the entire historical collection of recordings on Voca.

watch this

August 12, 2021

Thanks to Book Riot for this mighty list of 12 of the Best Slam Poetry Performances to Leave You in Awe.

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


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.

last chance

April 24, 2021

Sorry for the late notice, but we’ve just learned about the annual Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2021, which will end tomorrow, Sunday, April 25, 2021. The Pacific Northwest’s only festival dedicated to video poetry, this year’s collection includes a feature film and five programs of a dozen or more short films each. Admission is by festival pass.

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.


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.

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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