Posts Tagged: Motionpoems

June (Juni) by Dag T. Straumsvåg

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Robert Hedin translated the poem from Norwegian, and Jay Orff made the video for Motionpoems. See Willow Springs Literary Magazine for the text in both languages and Straumsvåg’s discussion of its origins.

MotionPoems is currently holding a fundraiser to support its video artists.

MOTIONPOEMS was co-founded in 2008 by Todd Boss (poet) and Angella Kassube (artist, animator, artistic director, and producer). Our roles are primarily curatorial. Since 2008, we’ve paired poets with video teams to develop nearly two dozen one-minute films from poems by Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield, Marvin Bell, Freya Manfred, David Mason, and others. Over 30 artists have been involved in just the past two years alone.


BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We want to start paying a SMALL STIPEND to our technical and video artists. Many of them are putting more than 100 hours into these projects, outside of the 40-hour work week! We want to reward them for their passion, their creativity, and their willingness to take an artistic risk. Our video artists are our greatest asset, a key to our growing success. We’d like to show them that our community loves and supports their extensive investment in MOTIONPOEMS.

Wanting Sumptuous Heavens by Robert Bly

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Another MotionPoems production, designed and animated by Angella Kassube with a reading by the poet.

The Watcher of Vowels by Robert Bly

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One of the new batch of films from MotionPoems, read by Todd Boss and designed and animated by Matt Van Ekeren. If you can get to Minneapolis this Friday, October 8, it will be part of a screening of new motionpoems.

How Smokes the Smolder by Todd Boss

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A Todd Boss poem directed and edited by Greg Mattern with sculptures by Angie Hagen. Uploaded to Vimeo by the cameraman, Jeff Saunders, who notes that the footage was originally filmed for something else and repurposed by Mattern.

Old Astronauts by Tim Nolan

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Emma Burghardt is the animator; the voice is the poet’s. Another fine production from

The God of Our Farm Had Blades by Todd Boss

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A beautiful animation by Tom Jacobsen from the Minneapolis-based Pixel Farm. I’ve been remiss in not posting more of Todd Boss’s work, considering he’s one of the two people behind the ambitious new videopoetry site Here’s his website.

Suitcase by Jane Hirshfield

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Animation by John Eickholt for (see also their YouTube channel).