Scavenged Tongues, Buried Whispers By Eden Jeffries

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A film by Anthony Brown and Ashley Blakeney. Eden Jeffries is a creative writer, visual artist and activist.

Le Chat / The Cat by Charles Baudelaire

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A trilingual filmpoem (subtitles in English and German; voiceover in French) by German filmmaker Patrick Müller.

Rapprochement Crisis (If I say it was a dream, will you listen?) by Meg Tuite

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Swoon’s first release of 2014 is a collaboration with the American poet and fiction writer Meg Tuite. In a recent blog post, he writes:

After “I’m sorry but I’ve witnessed what’s under your suburban bruises” it was clear for me I wanted to work with the words of Meg Tuite again .

Last summer we started another collaboration.
Soundscapes by my hand were sent to her, words came flying back to me.
Back and forth…

Words got picked out, recordings were made.

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The [sound]track not only give me a title, it also steered me in the right direction for the images. I didn’t want a ‘storyline’ or a strong narrative. They would stand in the way of the words.
On the other hand I wanted strong emotions, truthful. The whole thing needed a dreamlike feeling of alienation to. I decided on a combination of two different sources;
‘Ménilmontant’ (Markus David Sussmanovitch Kaplan, 1926) and ‘Max Fait de la Photo’ (Lucien Nonguet, 1913)
I added colour and some layers of light.

Read the rest. The video also appears along with the full text and a bio of the poet at Atticus Review.

How to Meditate by Jack Kerouac

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Maia Porcaro writes,

This is a short piece shot on 8mm film. It explores the different aspects of meditation and finally finding yourself in such a surreal state. The poem is “How to Meditate” by Jack Kerouac, read by yours truly.

The Waking by Theodore Roethke

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Roethke’s great poem is accompanied by found footage of aquatic organisms, which works surprisingly well. Video maker Paula Schneck writes,

“The Waking,” by Theodore Roethke is a poem about the unknowable, life, death, sleep and waking in the form of a villanelle. One of the most unknowable environments in the world is the ocean, especially the deepest parts with the heaviest pressure. Villanelles have a unique rhyme scheme, which is portrayed in jarring cuts between the clips of underwater life.

Brava!

Ursula by Robert Peake

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A new videopoem by Robert Peake and Valerie Kampmeier. Peake blogged the text of the poem and some process notes. The poem was prompted by an old postcard, he writes, and

Valerie and I found some old excess footage, now in the public domain, from a Los Angeles film studio in the 1950s, and we put this together with road, wind, and bear noises as accompaniment.

Alice by Lydia Towsey

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An interesting performance poem video “Created as a collection of spoken word pieces involving projecting images onto the artist,” according to the Leicester-based filmmaker, Keith Allott. For more about Lydia Towsey, see her website.