Posts in Category: Videopoems

Two Tanka by Ono no Komachi

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A video by Portuguese artist Bruno Gaspar illustrating a tanka by Ono no Komachi. Here’s an English version:

It’s too cold to sleep
in this lodging on the way
to Iwanoue.
Oh monk, if it’s all the same to you,
could I borrow your robes?

And here’s a short film by Bryan Lacey. The interplay between the classical Japanese poem and modern folk/country song certainly creates an interesting mood, and one worlds away from the original court milieu.

Multiple English versions of the tanka in this video — Ono no Komachi’s most famous poem — are collected here.

Stealing Sugar from the Castle by Robert Bly

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Ithaca by C. P. Cavafy

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Poem by C. P. Cavafy (Kavafis)

From the 1996 film Kavafis, directed by Yannis Smaragdis

An English translation of the poem read by Sean Connery, and illustrated by cliched images in a video by babylonianman

Trick Photography by Aaron Fagan

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Poem by Aaron Fagan

Film by K. Erik Ino

Alphabet by Natalie d’Arbeloff

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Video by British artist Natalie d’Arbeloff. I think it’s interesting how the poem here is intrinsic to the film itself; the text would be difficult to extract and fairly meaningless as a static object without the interplay with the images.

Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump by David Bottoms

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Poem by David Bottoms, video by Chris Lee.

Thanks to Laura Sorrells for the find.

Cleverly Framed by Linh Dinh

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Poem and video by Linh Dinh