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.
Poem and animation by Ren Powell
For a higher quality version, see AnimaPoetics.