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“Film, I believe, lends itself particularly to the poetic statement, because it is essentially a montage and, therefore, seems by its very nature to be a poetic medium.” —Maya Deren

Welcome to Moving Poems, an on-going anthology of the best poetry videos from around the web, appearing at a rate of one every weekday most weeks. Subscribe by email to get a weekly round-up of all our content (including posts at the magazine), follow @moving_poems on Twitter, or pick up the full-content RSS feed and follow along in Feedly or some other feed reader.

About the content

My main focus here is on videopoetry, “a genre of poetry displayed on a screen, distinguished by its time-based, poetic juxtaposition of text with images and sound,” as videopoetry pioneer Tom Konyves puts it. Other names for this genre — or examples of closely related genres, depending on one’s perspective — include filmpoetry, poetry-film and cinepoetry, and animated poems form an important subset. I am especially interested in videopoems created by the poet him- or herself, which can often take ekphrastic form (“Hey, I’ve got some cool footage — let’s see if there’s a poem in it!”), and which grade into active collaborations between poet and filmmaker. I do also post other kinds of poetry videos, too, including poetry readings, spoken word performances, documentaries, poetry dance videos, concert performances of poems set to music, and the occasional interview with a poet. See the directory for a complete listing of poets, nationalities, and filmmakers.

I sometimes produce videos for Moving Poems, but otherwise everything here is someone else’s work, available for embedding without any special permission needed at YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, VideoPress and other sites. So the main thing that makes this site special is my curatorial instinct and the several hours a week I devote to scanning the web for new videos. I have two basic strategies. When I’m looking for specific kinds of videos, I use Google video search. Otherwise, I rely on a weekly search of Vimeo for the most recent uploads of videos containing the word “poem” somewhere in the text or tags. Vimeo tends to be favored over YouTube by serious artists, and has a much higher signal-to-noise ratio. I’m sure I miss a lot, though, so any and all tips are greatly appreciated. Please use the comments below use the contact form, or simply email me: bontasaurus [at] yahoo [dot] com.

This is obviously an English-language site, but I do my best to try and keep it as international as possible. I’m happy to include videos in other languages as long as they contain English subtitles, and sometimes I’ll even waive that requirement, especially if a translation is readily available to include in the commentary.

Please visit the magazine (formerly called the forum), which I set up in Spring of 2010 to host conversations about videopoetry theory and practice, pass along information about contests and screening/publication venues and discuss videos that may be slightly outside the purview of what I post here. If you’re interested in submitting poetry video-related news items or articles, please get in touch.

About the curator

My name is Dave Bonta — here’s a bio. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter. I started this site in part to learn how to make better videopoetry, but as a matter of basic propriety I don’t share videos of my own poems on this site, even when they’re made by others. See the Plummer’s Hollow Poet channel on Vimeo if you’re interested in that.

About videopoetry, poetry film, cinepoetry, etc.

In 2012, I gave a paper at the AWP conference titled “Videopoetry: What Is It, Who Makes It, and Why?” which might serve as a good, basic introduction. A more recent post of mine at the magazine might also help to contextualize what I’m doing here: “Poetry videos on the web: some preliminary observations.”

Here are some other online sources about the filmpoetry/videopoetry genre:

Weldon C. Wees, “Poetry Film” (1997):

In ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’, Italo Calvino proposed “two types of imaginative process: the one that starts with the word and arrives at the visual image, and the one that starts with the visual image and arrives at its verbal expression’. Cin(E)-Poetry (also known as poetry video and poetry film) put both process of the imagination on display simultaneously. They combine the verbal energy of poetry with the visual richness and diversity of experimental cinema. Through a synergy of expressive words and images, successful cinepoems produce associations, connotations, metaphors and symbols that cannot be found in either their verbal or their visual texts taken alone. They might be thought of as imaginative interpretations of ‘readings’ or poetic texts in visual terms – and vice versa.

Fil Ieropoulos, “Poetry-Film & The Film Poem: Some Clarifications“:

[N]ot everybody in the modernist avant-garde as it developed between the ’20s and the ’70s was opposed to the notion that words could be used to enhance the poetic qualities of a film. Man Ray used text in his ‘Etoile de Mer’ cine-poem. Even someone who believed very strongly in the visual qualities of film like Maya Deren did not consider the possibility of using spoken language as a contradiction to film’s visual value. In a ‘Poetry and Film’ symposium and in answer to Arthur Miller’s claim that words should not be used in films, Deren suggests that words

…would be redundant in film if they were used as a further projection from the image. However, if they were brought in on a different level, not issuing from the image which should be complete in itself, but as another dimension relating to it, then it is the two things together that make a poem.

American filmmaker Ian Hugo worked in this way in his 1952 work ‘Bells of Atlantis’. As Abel Gance argues “…the marriage of image, text, and sound is so magical that it is impossible to dissociate them in order to explain the favorable reactions of one’s unconscious”.

George Aguilar, “Promoting Poetry Films, videos and Cin(E)-Poems via Emerging Technologies Part 1“:

Cin(E)-Poetry is an artform which combines images, sounds, music with a spoken or text-based poem to create a unique multi-media work of art.

Tom Konyves, “Videopoetry: A Manifesto“:

Presented as a multimedia object of a fixed duration, the principal function of a videopoem is to demonstrate the process of thought and the simultaneity of experience, expressed in words – visible and/or audible – whose meaning is blended with, but not illustrated by, the images and the soundtrack.

Heather Haley, “About Visible Verse“:

I believe Jean Cocteau was the first poet to employ film. In 1930 he produced Blood of a Poet, usually categorized as surrealist art. Recently I read about “film poets” from the West Coast abstract school, James Broughton, Sidney Peterson and Hy Hirsh, the latter two collaborating with John Cage in 1947. In 1978 Tom Konyves of Montreal’s Vehicule Poets coined the term “videopoetry” to describe his multimedia work. Rather than get bogged down in semantics, I’d like to point out that I think in terms of moving images and don’t make a huge distinction between film and video. I have worked primarily in digital video as it is accessible and affordable, important considerations to a poet with a small budget and again, poetry exists beyond media. […]

In my experience the greatest challenge of this hybrid genre is fusing voice and vision, aligning ear with eye. Some poets like to see words on the screen. The effect can be exquisite but I find that film/video doesn’t accommodate text well. We are busy listening to the poem with our eyes, assimilating it through our ears. I prefer spoken word. Voice is the critical element, medium and venue secondary considerations. Unlike a music video—the inevitable and ubiquitous comparison—a videopoem stars the poem rather than the poet, the voice seen as well as heard.

Michelle Bitting, “The Muse and the Making of Poem Films“:

I love the tension of two minutes—how much, but not too much—needs to be packed into that very limited space. The automatic compression it imposes in the same way as a poem! And how whatever is happening visually can layer, augment or work “constructively” against what is being spoken: the challenge of figuring out when two elements are making mush or blotting each other out. How to have actual words, the text, come into play on the screen and how they pop and expand beyond their two-dimensionality. I love how a poem and a poem film become a little dance—the words shaped and choreographed just right. Same goes for staging visuals and sound.

Alastair Cook, “The Filming of Poetry“:

[T]he Poetry-film should successfully bring the work to the audience through visual and audio layering, attractive to those who would not necessarily read the poetry. The film needs to provide a subtext, a series of suggestions and visual notes that embellish the poem, using the filmmaker’s subtle skills to allow the poet’s voice to be seen as well as heard. The collaboration remains with the words. If this subtext is missing, the film resorts to being a piece of media, the reading of a text over discombobulated imagery, a superimposition.

Gerard Wozek, “poetry video“:

A poetry video is an illuminated electronic manuscript that records the voice, the spirit, and vision of the poet, and frames this technological intersection between visual art and literature.

Ren Powell, “If not a manifesto, an explanation“:

While it was not my original intention, I can see that animated poems could serve as a reader’s guide to my own system of poetics: they demonstrate the way I invite the reader to approach the text from several directions and allow phrases to interact vertically as well as horizontally, and refer back within the text itself through parallel structures (spacial and grammatical).

Where credit is due

I’m indebted to all the talented filmmakers who have shared their work on the web. Without their generosity, none of this would be possible. I’ve provided links to any and all websites I could find — please click through, and if they have DVDs for sale, consider making a purchase.

75 Comments

  1. Reply
    Beth W. 5 April, 2009

    Hi Dave,

    Your ceaseless creative outpouring is homeric.

    Thanks for creating this video poetry site. I’ve only begun to explore the offerings. You got me — hook, line and sinker.

    Beth W.

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    Antoine Cassar 10 April, 2009

    What a fantastic discovery – thanks and congratulations for the initiative!

    • Reply
      Karen Hibbard 2 October, 2014

      HEY Antoine, Just found out about this fantastic site! I made my first video poem for Victoria Writers Festival 2014.

  3. Reply
    Jessie Carty 19 August, 2009

    I am getting ready to subscribe to your site :)
    If you have a “press release” of sorts drop me an email and i’ll send it out with our weekly update at “Shape of a Box”, YouTube’s First Literary Magazine. We have been publishing for about a year http://shapeofabox.wordpress.com and http://www.youtube.com/shapeofabox!

    -Jessie
    Editor, Shape of a Box

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 19 August, 2009

      Hi Jessie – Thanks for stopping by. I’ve included a link to Shape of a Box in our sidebar since I launched, and I have linked one of your videos, Barry Pomeroy’s “Great Crowd.” I’m sure I’ll feature more as time goes on.

      I appreciate the offer to mention the site in your mailing. I don’t have a press release — I’m afraid my promotional skills are lacking — but you could paraphrase the first paragraph if you like, e.g.: “Moving Poems is an on-going compendium of the best video poetry from around the web, with a new video every weekday. The curator defines video poetry as video interpretations of poems, and that’s his main focus, but he also includes poetry readings, spoken word performances, documentaries, concert performances of poems set to music, interviews with poets, and other material. The site also features a detailed indexing system and links to other video poetry sites, including Shape of a Box.”

  4. Reply
    Jessie Carty 19 August, 2009

    Dave – drop me an email at shapeofabox(at)gmail.com if you want to be added to our mailing list or if you want to know any other vids that were made by the authors.

    I saw Barry’s poem linked here after I posted my comment. Thanks so much!

    I’ll try to give you a shout out on Tuesday! (we reopen to submits in Oct if you are a writer yourself :)

  5. Reply
    Mark Carmouze 9 October, 2009

    I created my first Poetry video and I wanted to get it out there for people to see. I was wondering if you knew other sites that would enjoy this video as a submission. Please let me know what you think ^_^

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 14 October, 2009

      Hi Mark – thanks for sharing that link, and wecome to the world of videopoetry! The visual approach in this one is very interesting. I thought the piano music was a distraction, though, almost drowning out the words of the poem. You might consider redoing it with a different soundtrack, or none at all apart from the recitation and maybe the noise of the projector.

  6. Reply
    Vanessa Plain 12 November, 2009

    Hi Dave

    We’ve just added your site onto our blogroll and hope you will consider adding us to yours. We’re a (relatively) new UK website, Viral Verse: http://viralverse.co.uk/ showcasing video poetry on the web.

    We believe verse is perfect for the web-based films, where shorter viewing times are preferred. Poetry can speak great truths in few words. And as film makers, it gives us short scripts rich in imagery and rhythm.

    Yet it surprises us how few dramatised verse videos exist! We therefore hope to encourage more through our website, upcoming forum for film makers and poets, as well reaching out to poets and other film makers in the web community. Hence this email!

    Please stop by anytime!

    All the best
    Vanessa

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 12 November, 2009

      Hey, great to learn of another project! I will add your link to my sidebar directly. And knowing that there’s another site very much like this one makes me happy, not only because it will help focus attention on the medium and thereby, I hope, fuel the creation of more video poetry, but also because it lets me relax a little: now I know that if/when I burn out here and stop updating, there will still be others blogging and discussing the medium. Best of luck to you, and let’s keep in touch.

      By the way, be sure to check out the Video Poetry group at Read Write Poem, too. The discussion in the “Tom Konyves” forum thread is especially interested — Konyves himself has joined in. (It’s easiest to read and comment from the forums, side, readwritepoem.org/forums/forum/video-poetry-forum).

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    Beaau Blue 21 January, 2010

    Hello,

    Blue’s Cruzio Cafe has been presenting poetry animations since 2005. The site has more than 75 videos and includes toons of Robert Bly, Ted Kooser, Robinson Jeffers and many, many others. http://www.cruziocafe.com … please consider listing the link on your “Other Poetry Video Sites” roll. Thanks or your time.

    -Blue

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 22 January, 2010

      Was that comment aimed at Moving Poems, or Viral Verse? Because we’ve had a link to Blue’s Cruzio Cafe in the “Other Poetry Video Sites” linkroll since this site’s inception. It’s there now. Under the Bs.

  8. Reply
    Beau Blue 22 January, 2010

    I guess it’s a comment on my inability to see the listing when I looked, yesterday. Well, as my eyes get older they let me down more often. I see the listing there today, thanks.

    I probably should be embarrassed, huh? But that seems to be something else older age lets a man out of. Of course, the eyes thing could get a man killed.

    -blue

  9. Reply
    Boris Nitzsche 26 January, 2010

    This might be interesting for you:

    Invitation to enter the 5th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

    For the 5th time, the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and interfilm Berlin are inviting entries for this competition to choose the best poetry films!
    Entries should be short films based on one or more poems. A programme commission will decide which of the films entered will be featured in the competition or shown in the programme as part of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival from 14 –17 October 2010 in Berlin in the Babylon Cinema. An international jury will decide the winners. The prizes awarded will be the ZEBRA Award for the Best Poetry Film, the Film Poetry Award of the Goethe Institute and the Ritter Sport Award, donated by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG, to a total value of € 10,000. The deadline for entries is 14 June 2010 (full conditions of entry can be found at http://www.literaturwerkstatt.org). The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has established itself as an international forum for short films that deal with the content, aesthetics or form of poems. It offers filmmakers and poets from around the world the opportunity to exchange ideas and define positions.

    The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is a cooperation project between the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and interfilm Berlin and is kindly supported by the Capital Cultural Fund, the Goethe Institute, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH. It takes place as part of the poesiefestival berlin.

    Deadline: 14.6.2010

  10. Reply
    Romulo Guardia 13 February, 2010

    Dear Editor,
    We wanted to pay a “Visual Hommage” to 4 of Latin American greatest poets, Pablo Neruda (Chile), Octavio Paz (Mexico) , Vinicius de Moraes (Brazil) and Andres Eloy Blanco (Venezuela), so we wrote the images that we felt blossom when listening to this selection… and then filmed them for HBO.
    In times of trouble, we consider that humanity particularly in Latin America, needs to rescue the value and beauty of our poet´s message though the lens of our children. Poetry might help us to rediscover our inner self, the subconscious and beautiful images that lie deep within everyone….those souvenirs that make us better human beings, closer to the God we cherish.

    http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2680816665/

  11. Reply
    Heather Haley 22 June, 2010

    Hello Dave, we’re celebrating 10 years of showcasing videopoetry at Pacific Cinematheque this year! Would you like the call for entries?

    Best regards,

    Heather Haley
    Visible Verse

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 22 June, 2010

      Hi Heather. Sure, email it to me or send a link and I’ll post it to the Moving Poems forum and share on Facebook, etc. I have some west coast friends who I’m sure would be interested in attending if not submitting.

  12. Reply
    Dylan Barmmer 9 August, 2010

    Greetings.

    I am a poet, writer, performance artist and yogi living in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. I have something I do called Random Acts of Poetry I’d love for you to check out. It’s at http://www.youtube.com/wordisborntv.

    You can also find out more at my site, http://www.wordisborn.net.

    Or visit me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dbarmmer. I post the videos there too.

    Thank you. And have a poetic day.

    Dylan Barmmer

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    Dara 10 September, 2010

    Hello,

    I noticed that you had previously included a link on this site to my kinetic type piece based on a poem by Li-Young Lee. It was subsequently deleted and then later re-uploaded by my school. If you would like to relink it, here is the URL: http://vimeo.com/14593053

    This is a fantastic site by the way- thank you!

    Dara

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 10 September, 2010

      Thanks, Dara! I guess I shouldn’t have eliminated that post so quickly. I did look around, because often when a video disappears like that, it’s because the uploader is not aware that they can simply swap in a new video on Vimeo and keep the same link, but I didn’t find the new video. I’ll be sure to re-add this to the site.

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 10 September, 2010

      O.K., it’s restored. And the May Swenson vidpo is in the queue — nice work!

  14. Reply
    Denise 30 September, 2010
    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 30 September, 2010

      Nice work, Denise! Thanks for sharing that.

  15. Reply
    Rachel 10 October, 2010

    Hi Dave –

    My brand new poem film in collaboration with British poet Nabila Jameel here: http://vimeo.com/15671158

    Love the site – always an inspiration!

    Rach
    x

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 10 October, 2010

      Excellent! Of course, I like anything having to do with trees, too.

  16. Reply
    Ryan MacDonald 26 October, 2010

    So happy to have discovered this site, and thanks very much for including my video!

  17. Reply
    Dave Bonta 26 October, 2010

    I was happy to have found it! I’m always on the lookout for good videopoems made by the poets themselves.

  18. Reply
    Jordan Stempleman 8 November, 2010

    Two new videos are now up at The Continental Review. Check out Dan Ward’s “The Beatles,” and Sawako Nakayasu’s “Improvosational Score for equal numbers of musicians and insects.”:

    http://www.thecontinentalreview.com/

    Thanks,

    Jordan Stempleman

  19. Reply
    Dave Bonta 8 November, 2010

    Thanks, Jordan — I appreciate the notification.

  20. Reply
    Todd Boss 12 November, 2010

    Hi, Dave … thanks for including my poems, and other Motionpoems, in your lineup periodically. Is this the proper forum to let you know we’re fundraising for Motionpoems at present? Let me know if I can get you some html for the blog. Or here’s a link to the donation page: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Motionpoems
    Thanks!!!

    Todd

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 12 November, 2010

      Hi Todd – I see you have a new videopoem by Dag T. Straumsvåg that I can post, so I’ll include an announcement about the fundraiser when I do that — it’ll reach the most people that way, I think. Thanks for all you do.

  21. Reply
    Yahia Lababidi 29 November, 2010

    Hello, Dave

    Thank your for this transporting audio-visual treat. I am an Egyptian poet and would be honored if something of mine were to find a home in this virtual capital of riches.

    Kindly, find below a selection of videos based on poems of mine -some made by friends, others by intimate strangers or myself. I hope something resonates with you…

    All the best,
    Yahia

    http://www.youtube.com/user/jadkfja

  22. Reply
    Dave Bonta 29 November, 2010

    Hi Yahia – Thanks for the kind words, and for letting me know about your work, which looks very promising indeed.

  23. Reply
    vanvelvetI 12 December, 2010

    Hello Dave, It is such a nice place this website of yours. I’ll keep tune to it. I’m from argentina, living in Barcelona since 7 years ago. I made a videopoetry in my first times here in Spain, I would like to hear from you about it. Here is the link: http://www.vimeo.com/13758066
    Best greetings
    v*

  24. Reply
    Dave Bonta 12 December, 2010

    Brilliant! I love it. Simultaneously postmodern and ritualistic — puts me in mind of an African initiation ceremony in which the individual is ceremonially killed and reborn.

  25. Reply

    Im an Irish video poet, and photographer. I write in the old fashioned rhyming style on all kinds of topics, and also publish a small magazine, Cartys Poetry Journal. Ill be linking to you when I get a chance, and my main website is http://www.writingsinrhyme.com

  26. Reply
    Lucia Hinojosa 22 December, 2010

    Tattoo by Wallace Stevens

  27. Reply
    Dave Bonta 22 December, 2010

    Lucia, it would be awesome if someone made a film for that poem, but a video search turns nothing up.

  28. Reply
    Susan Cormier/queen of crows 23 December, 2010

    Dave! Thank you so much for posting my “ghost haiku” videopoem on your site! I am thrilled to discover your site — and your linklist of related videopoems-and-such sites — and look forward to many hours of discovering and delighting in the work of others working in this field. If ou have an email list, please do add me — keep me posted on this project!

    Cheers!

  29. Reply
    Dave Bonta 23 December, 2010

    Hi Susan! Glad you like the site. Tom Konyves tipped me off about your work — I was happy to discover it. No email list yet (other than the email subscription to the feed for the news/discussion blog, http://discussion.movingpoems.com/ ), but it’s not a bad idea, actually. I should see about setting something up with weekly or monthly updates…

  30. Reply
    Brent Robison 23 December, 2010

    Hello Dave– You may be interested in my new video of Djelloul Marbrook’s poem “Canvas”, from his just-published book, Brushstrokes and Glances: http://vimeo.com/18015547

    Thanks!

  31. Reply
    Swoon 5 January, 2011

    Thanks for placing my “Ochlofobie” video.
    If you are interested I have another poem-video:
    http://vimeo.com/17634144

    Best regards,
    Swoon

  32. Reply
    Susan Brennan 19 February, 2011

    Hi Dave,
    I absolutely love your site! wondering if you could check out our web series – we incorporate poems into our story, “Verse – a poetry murder mystery” http://www.rattapallax.com/ We feature wonderful poets: John Giorno, Bob Holman, Taylor Mead, Jon Sands, Angel Nafis. Aside from the web series, we also have video poems on the home page. Thanks again for the great curating on your site – am really loving the latest from Swoon!
    Best,
    Susan Brennan

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 20 February, 2011

      Hi Susan – Thanks for the kind words. I do need to get Rattapallax into my sidebar, for sure. It’s a little confusing that you have two different websites, but the .org one looks like the better one to list and bookmark. Thanks for bringing my attention to your very ambitious and exciting array of projects.

  33. Reply
    Swoon 20 February, 2011

    @ Susan Brennan. It’s fine to hear.
    Thanks for the compliment.
    And @ Dave thanks again for placing one of my videos.

    It’s hard to reach a willing audience ‘out there’ and your site helps a lot.

  34. Reply
    Javier 28 February, 2011

    I will set free Asesinato tomorrow my friend.

  35. Reply
    Cecil Hhirvi 10 June, 2011

    Machinma Haiku work directed, edited and written by Cecil Hirvi.

    Enjoy

  36. Reply
    Tam 12 July, 2011

    Great curated site!

  37. Reply
    Superbard 18 July, 2011

    Hi Dave,

    This site’s brilliant. Wondering if you would care to feature my submission on http://www.superbard.co.uk ?

    Thanks,
    George (Superbard)

  38. Reply
    Neil Astley 23 July, 2011

    Hi Dave

    Thanks for your kind comments on my Brian Turner video – I was pleased that you thought the minimal approach worked. I felt this suited his material and the fact that I wasn’t filming him in any setting related to him or his work but in someone else’s flat during his current travels around Britain and Ireland.

    Filmmaker Pamela Robertson-Pearce (http://www.pamelarobertsonpearce.com) has filmed many of the poets published by Bloodaxe Books, and I’ve been doing a few myself latterly (I’m the press’s founding editor). In 2008 we published IN PERSON: 30 POETS, which has extracts of films of 30 poets from around the world reading their work on two DVDs which come free with an anthology including the texts of all the poems:
    http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1852248009

    We’ve filmed over 100 poets now in different settings, but usually in a cinéma vérité style, and 70 of these are embedded alphabetical by poet on the Bloodaxe site here:
    http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/articles.asp?id=36

    More will follow. Or you can see them direct on Vimeo:
    http://www.vimeo.com/bloodaxe/videos

    I’d recommend these in particular:
    Ruth Stone
    http://www.vimeo.com/4130827
    Samuel Menashe:
    http://www.vimeo.com/4791273
    CK Williams
    http://www.vimeo.com/1055931
    James Berry
    http://www.vimeo.com/1149172
    Brendan Kennelly
    http://www.vimeo.com/2002088
    And we were lucky to film Adrian Mitchell in 2008, not that long before I died of a sudden illness. This is him in his living-room:
    http://www.vimeo.com/2062203

    Most of our postings are excerpts from longer films, some of which were included at fuller length in IN PERSON. Others will be included in a second DVD-anthology due from Bloodaxe in 2013 covering 35 poets. It must help that we know all the poets we’ve filmed, in some cases for many many years, which has meant that most of them have engaged very directly with the filming.

    I was delighted to discover your excellent site after Alastair Cook posted a link to the Nabeel Yasin video.

    Best wishes
    Neil Astley

    PS The Vimeo videos are all credited to me as poster but the captions credit Pamela with all hers.

  39. Reply
    Rupert 15 August, 2011

    Hi Dave,

    thanks for providing all this poetronica in one space! I run an underground b-log that posts on quite a few poetry in film festivals around the globe. Our spoken word clip Remix This recently screened at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and recently at SOUNDKilda, if you are interested in including it in your curation that would be terrific (It is currently running in the Inside Film Awards – if awards) http://youtu.be/joHh8rR6LoU

    Not bad for a little clip about a little poem.

  40. Reply
    Allan Davies 17 August, 2011

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for including a piece of mine. Great idea for a site, good stuff here, keep up the good work.
    Regards

    Allan Davies

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    Seni Seneviratne 20 August, 2011

    Hi Dave
    Thanks for including my poem. Can you add a link to my website if possible? The piece was actually filmed by Laura Richardson and uploaded to vimeo by Kevin as part of the publicity for the new anthology Collective Brightness.

  42. Reply
    Dave Bonta 20 August, 2011

    Hi Seni – Is there some other website you’d like me to link that the one I have you linked to already?

    Thanks for the correction on the filmmaker. I’ll change that right away.

  43. Reply
    R.W. Perkins 25 August, 2011

    Hi Dave

    I’ve been looking over the site for a couple of days now and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’ve found it. I’ve been making video poems for a few years now and I never really knew that their was any sort of forum what so ever for them. Here is one of mine http://youtu.be/tMVhbi9sosY hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed finding this site. Thanks R.W. Perkins

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    R.W. Perkins 11 September, 2011

    Hi Dave

    Thanks so much for including “Challenge Me Vista” to your collection of poems. I’ve just recently posted part 2 to the “Vista Poems” named “Under A Man Made Sun” http://www.vimeo.com/28833244

    Just wanted to mention again how happy I am to have found your site, I’ve been telling everyone I know. Thanks again.

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    Steven McCabe 5 November, 2011

    …………………………Thank you Dave…………………………

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    javiercorrea3@yahoo.com 25 November, 2011

    Hi Dave, after upgrading my vimeo i discovered that the Warsaw bombing of poems video was in your site, thanks for that!!
    Your site is great, a global celebration of poetry in images.

    here you have another link to the bombing of poems in berlin, last year.

    http://vimeo.com/32662052

    all best.

    javier

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      Dave 26 November, 2011

      Hi Javier – Glad you like the site! I just shared your Berlin video on Facebook. I love what you guys are doing.

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    javier robledo 28 January, 2012

    Hello, we are VideoBardo working at videopoetry from 1996, now organize IV International Videopoetry Festival please see it at http://www.videopoesia.com, we would like to be in contact,
    regards
    from Argentina

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    Dave 28 January, 2012

    @ javier robledo
    Hi. Yes, I linked to your call for submissions several weeks ago. I also include you in my list of videopoety festivals.

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    Wendy Ann Greenhalgh 20 March, 2012

    Hello Dave

    Just thought I’d get in touch and say 1) how much I love the Moving Poem site – and 2) that on World Poetry Day (Wednesday 21st March 2012) I’ll be making, writing and videoing Moving Poems with 25 teenagers at the South London Gallery in Peckham. We’ll be setting up a You Tube channel for them, and it’d be amazing if you and your followers – let them know what you think!

    All the best,
    Wendy

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    Dave 20 March, 2012

    @ Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
    Hi Wendy, that’s awesome! It’s always gratiying to learn that this site is helping to inspire budding poets and filmmakers. Do share the link to your YouTube channel.

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    Anna Swanson 25 March, 2012

    Hi!

    I am a filmmaker/student at Carleton College, and two fellow students and I recently collaborated with a poet to create this piece, called “a philosophy of language” (http://vimeo.com/37503669) which uses the poet’s body to literally inscribed the text of the poem in a moving-camera long take. We would love to have it shared here, and I am basically thrilled to have discovered this site – videopoetry is one of my passions and this is truly the best resource for it on the internet, hands down. :)

    Thanks,
    Anna Swanson
    Carleton College
    Cinema and Media Studies ’12

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      Dave 26 March, 2012

      Thanks, Anna! I’ll be sure to check that out.

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    Jordan T. Caylor 31 March, 2012

    I came across your site by finding a link on the vimeo page to the attached video I made- Perhaps my short was embedded here? I haven´t found it however- I would be honored if you would consider including my short, I think it fits in very well with what you are doing.
    I am very happy to have found your site- it is truly excellent; I will return often. Thanks so much for your work!

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      Dave 31 March, 2012

      Yes, I have “Uncle Harry’s Tombstone” in a draft post and plan to publish it soon. There’s a fairly long queue right now, which is of course a good problem to have. Thanks for your kind words about the site.

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    Jordan T. Caylor 6 April, 2012

    I just saw you put my video “Uncle Harry´s Tombstone” up on your page-
    I just wanted to say thank you. The site is fantastic, so it´s really nice to take part.

    Cheers!

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    sarah tremlett 23 April, 2012

    Hi Dave – a ‘Bontastic’ Herculean effort and really addictive site!

    Good to see MIX conference being mentioned in your VidPo forum – and it certainly is going to be a heady, international gathering of interactive thinkers e.g. Mark Amerika, Tom Konyves, Kate Pullinger and Maria Mencia – set amongst ruralist, Elizabethan splendour, Fluxus prints and the old English pub! We anticipate much chat and generative thinking – so if you’re visiting the UK for the Olympics why not come and join us!

    It’s not too late for conference paper submissions which are still open till 30th April. Conference guest applications and video entries for Liberated Words screening are open till June 1st – see below.

    Bye for now !
    Sarah (Tremlett)

    L i b e r a t e d W o r d s
    at MIX (Merging Intermedia XII)
    call for video narratives
    Submissions are invited for video narratives of 3 minutes or less to be exhibited at The Pound Arts Centre (July 17th), as part of the MIX Conference at Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, England, July 16th – 18th, 2012.
    Curators Sarah Tremlett and Lucy English welcome all forms of video-based texts; however, following the discovery of a series of Fluxus-related prints at Corsham Court, (the original home of Bath Academy of Art and now a centre for postgraduate study), we would be particularly interested in videos which respond to the theme of Liberated Words (Parole in Libertà) referencing a print by Eugenio Carmi, 1967). Submission deadline: June 1st

    MIX Conference
    Hosted by The Research Centre for Contemporary Writing at Bath Spa University, Conference paper submissions are welcome on all forms of digital narrative – from interactive storytelling to gaming and conceptual videopoetry. The conference will produce a networked book of critical essays, examples of work and also an online forum where the debate can be continued. There will be an international line up of presenters from the U.S, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and the UK. For further information, regulations and an entry form or conference paper entries, please see conference website: http://www.mix-bathspa.org and/or the conference co-ordinator Lucy English at l.english@bathspa.ac.uk

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    Mark J.H. Klassen 9 August, 2012

    Hi, Dave.
    I love your site. Thanks for all your hard work at pulling the pieces together. I keep coming back because I share your passion for learning the art of videopoetry. Check out my recent attempts at http://markjhklassen.wix.com/poetry#!videopoems
    Peace.
    Mark

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      Dave 14 August, 2012

      Hi Mark – I’m glad you’re finding the site so useful. Thanks for the note, and keep up the good work.

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    Annie 18 January, 2013

    Dave, thank you so much for putting this blog together. I am a poet and filmmaker myself and have wanted so much for videopoetry to come alive. I currently work at Thurston Community Television, a public broadcasting station in Olympia, WA and am teaching a class on videopoetry. I can’t wait to further learn more about my passions coming together, and their history and development. Your site is a great tool and gateway. Thank you.

    Annie Ferguson

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      Dave 18 January, 2013

      A class in videopoetry? How exciting! I know of only a handful of people teaching such courses worldwide. I’d be interested in hearing more about that at some point.

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    Polly 27 January, 2014

    Dave,

    I am an undergrad at King’s College London studying English Language and Communication. I did a module called ‘Stylistics’ this term and decided to create a film poem for my assignment (here is the link for it: ). Having enjoyed creating it so much, I decided to use this idea futher. Consequently, I am about to embark upon a dissertation about film poetry, specifically about stylistic interpretations of poems, which are then recreated visually. This includes drawing upon the grammatical and poetic features of the poem in the visual choices, such as the rhythm, the rhyme, the metre or the parallelism. For example, if you watch my interpretation of ‘Daffodils’, you will see that I interpreted the ‘daffodils’ as drugs, and also played on the flower by frequently using the colour scheme of yellow. Do you know of any poets who use techniques similar to this?
    Many thanks.

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    Polly 27 January, 2014

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