Poet-filmmaker Kate Greenstreet notes:
Five Minutes originally appeared in Pastelegram (pastelegram.org/e/108) as five one-minute movies.
But they clearly work best as a single film.
“This videopoem is based on the chapter “Act” from my book Young Tambling,” says Kate Greenstreet in the Vimeo description. Young Tambling is “experimental memoir” that includes “poetry, prose, art”; read excerpts on Greenstreet’s website. Here’s the Ahsahta Press catalog description:
Young Tambling resonates with Greenstreet’s relentless exploration of what it means to be human, to need to feel, to make art. Memory, in this book of “experimental memoir,” works something like the narrative tactics of a traditional ballad— “alternate leaping and lingering,” in one formulation. Greenstreet does not dabble in teleological platitudes: the lives crosscutting these poems are not singular but plural and sublime, full of sacrifice and empathy for the lost. In Young Tambling, a life’s meaning is born of its poet’s song, and a memory cannot reveal its truth until it finds its ballad.
For more of Kate’s work, visit her website, kickingwind.com.
This video essay on poetics by Kate Greenstreet is itself very poetic in its use of metaphors, intuitive leaps and interesting visual juxtapositions. It features Carrie Lincourt, and credits Max Greenstreet for “second camera and second opinion.” “Cloth” was produced for Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics (Issue 8: August 2011).
Poet and filmmaker Kate Greenstreet’s most recent book of poems, The Last 4 Things (Ahsahta Press, 2009) included a DVD with two films based on the book’s contents. This is an excerpt from one of them. For more about the book and DVD, including links to reviews and interviews, see her website. Here’s her bio.
Another great addition to the “author-made video poems” category, originally published in the online journal Dewclaw (along with the text). Kate Greenstreet‘s most recent book of poems, The Last 4 Things from Ahsahta Press, included a DVD with a half-hour of videopoetry.
Moving Poems is going on hiatus until the third week of May while its proprietor is off traveling. Why not take the opportunity to catch up and view all the videos in the archive?