Posts in Category: Videopoems

Nothing by John Cooper Clarke

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Poem by John Cooper Clarke

Film by C. Flannery with narration by Robert Bulsara

Another brilliantly simple video poem from Comma Film.

Dark Cities by Stacie M. Kiner, Jan McLaughlin and Bruce Weber

A 16mm, ten-minute-long film “based on a poem by Stacie M. Kiner, Jan McLaughlin and Bruce Weber,” directed by Edward J. Reasor and produced/written by Jan McLaughlin. For the rest of the credits, see here.

2 poemas para baños (two poems for bathrooms) by Julián Herbert

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p-QkerEWb4

Video documentation of a typographic installation in public restrooms by the Mexican poet Julián Herbert. The music is “Mind map”, by Jar G. This project forms part of the activities of a collective for visual and kinetic poetry known as El Taller de la Caballeriza.

The first poem says, “To translate is to {invent the light/arrange the voice} on the other side of the mirror.”

My Mind is Peopled with a Great Crowd by Barry Pomeroy

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Poem and video by Barry Pomeroy, from the YouTube-based literary magazine Shape of a Box. The video isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty good, I think, and I want to showcase as many author-made videos here as possible. Aaron Bissell is credited with an editing role. Visit the YouTube page for the text of the poem and a short bio of the author, though a more entertaining biography may be found here:

Barry Pomeroy received his PhD. from University of Manitoba in 2000, although it would be a pity if that were his sum total. He is an itinerant English professor, boat designer and builder, traveller, carver, sometimes mechanic, woodworker, and web designer. As a writer he is responsible for Multiple Personality Disorder, a long poem in dialogue; at present he is thrashing through another novel tentatively entitled Meeting Ray, and a collection of stories loosely based on the Christian bible called A Bloody History of the Fertile Crescent.

Who Says Words with My Mouth by Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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Coleman Barks reads his version of the Rumi poem. I found the combination with old streetcar footage strangely effective. (The music is a little irritating, though.) As usual with the YouTube video poems from Four Seasons Productions, no credits are given for filmmaker(s). Another of their videos features a much less interesting, New Agey interpretation of a Barks/Rumi poem, “Only Breath.”


Front Towards Enemy by Eric Gamalinda

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Avant-garde videopoem by Eric Gamalinda, “constructed out of images shot randomly around new york city.”

Mommie’s Coming Back by Jan McLaughlin

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Poem and video by Jan McLaughlin, who blogs at Faux Press. This was originally shot in 35mm, black and white, in 1994 — see McLaughlin’s filmography for the complete details.

It’s pretty impressive that a professional filmmaker can also write poems this good.