We experience a lot of poems as a record of real life. Through the specific Taiwanese backdrop, the poetry film illustrates a series of moments to approach the concept of time, which is not as concrete as we are taught. As a poet, the filmmaker presents her ideas on the nature of reality, existence, what is there and what is not there.
The acting credits include God, the poet’s grandma, and many others. According to one online bio, Ye has an MFA in filmmaking (from the Art Institute of Chicago) as well as an MFA in writing.
A short piece by J.P. Sipilä, a young Finnish poet with an impressive command of filmmaking techniques.
“Poem written by Tyler Flynn Dorholt with the first line ‘The wish for a garden was simple,'” says the description on Vimeo, and I’m trying to remember why that name sounds so familiar. Then I remember: we published him at qarrtsiluni last spring. Here’s his blog. Judging from the latest post, it sounds as if he’s getting into video poetry in a fairly big way.
Linh Dinh’s gritty, low-tech video poems are hit or miss with me; this one was a definite hit. “From the collection Borderless Bodies (Factory School 2006).”
This video poem was the result of a unique intercontinental collaboration between Christine Swint in Atlanta, Jo Hemmant in England, and Michelle McGrane in South Africa, and was published in Qarrtsiluni’s collaborative-themed issue Mutating the Signature earlier this year. Go there for the text of the poem and a detailed description of the process.
Vietnamese-American poet Linh Dinh has a number of video poems on YouTube, all of them in this rather crudely produced, grungy style. I really like “Vocab Lab” — for the poem, if not necessarily the video. But the latter does have its moments.