goodbye. by Kate Greenstreet

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This originally appeared in the online journal Trickhouse, which also printed a transcript.

For more of Kate’s work, visit her website,

Black Iris by Sheila Packa

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Composer, musician and artist Kathy McTavish has invented a compelling marriage of music and video art, here accompanied by the words of her regular poet-collaborator, Sheila Packa.

we were ten by Nic Sebastian

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A new Moving Poems production, once again using not just the voice but also the poetry of Nic Sebastian. This is the opening poem of her nanopress collection Forever Will End On Thursday. Nic was kind enough to record a new audio version of the poem especially for this video, since I took an opposite tack from my usual approach and tried to reproduce something of the feel of the text on the page, going line by line and using a different shot for each stanza, with a repeating shot for the spaces in between. I blogged about the process at Via Negativa, as usual.

I Met a Genius by Charles Bukowski

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“A poem by Charles Bukowski meets the Icelandic Ocean.” Video by the Berlin-based multimedia artist Clemens Wilhelm.

Young David by Yehuda Amichai (with discussion by Edward Hirsch)

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Avi Dabach’s marvelous film interpretation of Amichai’s “Young David” (translated by Abraham Birman) is wrapped within a video introduction and post-film discussion by Bob Holman and Edward Hirsh at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Hirsch describes his own, elliptical approach to politics in poetry, and says that Amichai was his major influence and model in this regard.

Welcome to Hard Times by Howie Good

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“Between the waves and the fog, we haven’t got a clue of what might be ahead of us,” Swoon writes about his latest film based on a poem from Howie Good’s Whale Sound audio chapbook, Threatening Weather. He credits Matthew Augustus for some of the images, and of course Nic Sebastian for the reading.

Cloth by Kate Greenstreet

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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).