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Sweet Tea by Eric Blanchard

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Another pair of video remixes for a poem in The Poetry Storehouse. This time, the poem is by Eric Blanchard, and what’s especially interesting is that they employ the very same soundtrack, with a reading by Nic Sebastian and a soundscape composed by Marc Neys, A.K.A. Swoon. The first video is by Nic and the second is by Swoon, and as you’ll see, they take very different approaches. Nic uses images and animation by Donna Kuhn, while Marc worked with four still photos, as he describes in a blog post:

I started from 4 pictures: that I took in my series ‘Dust of time‘; pictures of wood, rotten, wet,… Colours golden brown (like tea).

First I merged those pictures together, creating a short 10 second film showing those merged pictures. What followed was a stream of re-editing and layering of those 10 seconds… Until there was nothing recognisable left. Only a constant moving stream of psychedelic forms…

These two videopoems are an excellent demonstration of the fun to be had working with material at The Poetry Storehouse. Keep ‘em coming, folks.

Playing Duets with Heisenberg’s Ghost by Peg Duthie

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Othniel Smith used images from the Internet Archive featuring Martha Davis to accompany a reading (by Nic Sebastian) from The Poetry Storehouse, where the author, Peg Duthie, has five poems. Sebastian herself had also earlier made a video remix of the same poem, and it’s interesting to compare her approach with Smith’s:

According to a note at the site, the poem appears in a collection called From Measured Extravagance (Upper Rubber Boot, 2012), and was first published in The 3rd Annual SFPA Poetry Contest in 2008: Energy (Spec House of Poetry). So it’s definitely been getting around!

Today is your advocate by Peter Ciccariello

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I’m featuring videos based on poems in The Poetry Storehouse this week. Artist and poet Peter Ciccariello has three texts on the site. This one was read by Nic Sebastian and made into a film by Marc Neys, A.K.A. Swoon. Marc shared some process notes at his blog.

This soundtrack/reading led me to images I shot over a year ago. Footage of someone looking back, remembering the past, someone watching life gliding by her… Just a few long shots (in and out of focus), nothing else…just the gaze.

The Whole Place is Dark by Nick Sturm

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Pheasant Hunting by Sara Mithra

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Another videopoem using found film by Sara Mithra. The description on Vimeo reads:

A poem film by Sara Mithra with music by Maali Maal for Hameenia. I edited footage from the Prelinger Archives of color home movies from the 50s and 60s, cataloguing at least ten hours of film to select these two minutes of clips. The amateur quality of these films, together with the hand-held cinematography and lack of zoom, inspired me to select clips which show the film’s age and draw attention to its material quality by being discolored, scratched, poorly digitized, etc.
As far as my poem, I wanted visuals which were rich, vibrant, and if not capturing the narrative quality of pheasant hunting, could match its erotic power.

“I like a look of agony…” by Emily Dickinson

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Othniel Smith repurposes public-domain imagery from the Internet Archive to accompany Dickinson’s text, which was written in 1862, during the American Civil War.

Hold Me, the Walls are Falling by Robert Krut

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Another videopoem-trailer for the new collection by Robert Krut, This is the Ocean. As with the other two, it was directed by Nick Paonessa of lowercase productions.