Filmmaker: Francesca Talenti

On Writing Hat Poems by Marvin Kimbrough

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An animation by Francesca Talenti. I wasn’t able to locate a website for the poet.

UPDATE (9/7/10): After posting this, I got a note from Austin-based poet Scott Wiggerman on Facebook saying that Dr. Marvin Kimbrough had been active in the Austin poetry scene and was “a very warm, wonderful person,” though now she was in the hospital with terminal cancer. Yesterday, he sent a follow-up note saying she’d died that morning. Rest in peace, Dr. Kimbrough.

Rio Grande by Enrique Cabrera

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Another animation by Francesca Talenti. Enrique Cabrera appears to be an Austin, Texas-based poet, though I couldn’t turn up a good webpage for him.

“I reason, Earth is short” by Emily Dickinson

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Another animation by Francesca Talenti. You can watch dozens, maybe hundreds of Emily Dickinson videos on YouTube and not find anything so free of cliché as this.

I reason, Earth is short—
And Anguish—absolute—
And many hurt,
But, what of that?

I reason, we could die—
The best Vitality
Cannot excel Decay,
But, what of that?

I reason, that in Heaven—
Somehow, it will be even—
Some new Equation, given—
But, what of that?

Sometimes a Man, by Rainer Maria Rilke

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The joint reading by Zach and Larry Grossberg is especially charming here, but the animation by Francesca Talenti is nice, too. The translation is by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.

Five limericks by Edward Lear

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This is “Nonsense Poems,” by Francesca Talenti.