Poet: Michelle Bitting

The Call by Michelle Bitting

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Boys Like You by Michelle Bitting

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Michelle Bitting‘s latest film was just featured at Cheek Teeth.

On Any Day Like Alice by Michelle Bitting

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Of all of Michell Bitting‘s “poem films” online so far, this is my favorite, I think. Her husband and collaborator Phil Abrams proves as good at reading as he is at editing.

In Praise of My Brother, the Painter by Michelle Bitting

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Another film directed by Michelle Bitting for one of her own poems, with editing by Phil Abrams. Great use of found material, I thought, suggesting quite a bit more than the text itself says about the narrator’s brother.

Trees by Michelle Bitting

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The most recent of four “poem films” uploaded to Vimeo so far by Los Angeles poet Michelle Bitting. She succeeds where most filmmakers would fail in a fairly literal match of film image to poem, remaining just allusive enough to hold the viewer’s interest. (Also, as a tree lover, I admit the subject matter holds a special attraction for me.)

I found out about Bitting’s project thanks to a blog post by Robert Peake, “The Film-Poem.”