Posts in Category: Videopoems

When it Comes to Marching by Bertolt Brecht

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A brief animation of a poem from Brecht’s A German War Primer by Andrea Malpede AKA Andrea Nocive, who notes in the Vimeo description:

I’ve always found Bertolt Brecht’s words strong and full of love.
In this animation I tried to give life to his powerful concept.

Ao Amigo do Fáscio / To the Fascist’s Friend by Murilo Guimarães

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Murilo Guimarães is a Brazilian poet and multimedia artist and a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Lisbon. Ao Amigo do Fáscio is his first release for RG: Murilo, “an art project situated in an imaginary intersection of ethnography, electronic music, video and literature.”

The poem is a letter to [one who] has been captivated by violently irrational acts and thoughts set by politicians, intellectuals and influencing individuals or groups.

In the video, two proto-fascists walk around the city amidst everyone else without being noticed.

The voiceover is by Terêncio Lins. Be sure to click the CC icon to read the English translation (which is a little rough, but one can get the drift).

In Darwin’s Dream by Matt Mullins

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A brand-new collaboration between two seasoned poetry-film pros, Spanish director Eduardo Yagüe and American writer Matt Mullins, who edits the mixed media section of Atticus Review. Although Matt’s own videopoems are often very effective, here he supplied just the text, voiceover and music, and Eduardo did the rest — the same division of labor as in their 2016 film The Hero is Light. The actress here is Rut Ayuso.

Daddy Dearest by Lissa Kiernan

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Marc Neys AKA Swoon‘s latest video for a poem by Lissa Kiernan incorporates footage by Grant Porter, Tim Williams and Mikeel Araña. Marc’s original composition features in the soundtrack alongside Lissa’s recitation.

Cathedral by Dave Richardson

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My brother lost his virginity behind the barn, he says, but he says a lot of things… sometimes we want to hold on to sanctuaries and cathedrals even as they crumble.

A new, text-on-screen videopoem by artist and writer Dave Richardson, each of whose poetry films so far has been something of a masterpiece. This one has special resonance for me, since I also grew up playing in an old barn with my brothers, and love old barns in general. Cathedral strikes me as a quiet but powerful ode to this most iconic embodiment of rural life.

West of Dalabrog by Susannah Ramsay

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Poet and director Susannah Ramsay‘s description reads:

West of Dalabrog refers to the relationship between place, landscape, memory and subjective experience. It focuses on the return to a place of personal importance – a long stretch of white sand to the west of the town of Dalabrog, South Uist, which I first visited in 2001. The return represents a shift in perception and reflects how time can bear great change on a place, landscape and more crucially memory.

Catwalk by Bernard Dewulf

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Judith Dekker notes in the Vimeo description that this was the

Last poem Bernard Dewulf wrote as city poet of Antwerp Belgium. Music composed by Doug Keith, an american musician living in NewYork. And the cat was shot (without being hurt) in the town of Dunbar Scotland. Translation courtesy of Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren.

For those who know Dutch, there’s also a version without subtitles. The version above appears in the latest issue of Poetry Film Live, along with the text, some stills, and a bio of the filmmaker. Check it out. And for more of Dewulf’s work in English, visit Poetry International Web, as well as his page here on Moving Poems.