Posts Tagged: Pizzicati of Hosanna

This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams

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Nic Sebastian blogged some process notes about the making of this video:

The reading had been up at Pizzicati of Hosanna for a while and is only 20 seconds long, so I knew I was looking for something very short in terms of video. There are still some wonderful Equiloud clips I haven’t used yet and it took me just a second of flipping through those to know that his gorgeous 28-second door-opening loop was exactly the kind of image/metaphor I was looking for, once I slowed the clip speed down by about half.

Humming Bird by D. H. Lawrence

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In a blog post introducing this video, Nic Sebastian writes:

I get such a kick out of people putting their creations out there for free non-commercial use by others. This happened thanks to generous Vimeo user, Equiloud, who has a clips channel offering his amazing video creations for free download and Sound Cloud user Flute Ninja doing the same. The reading itself was already up at Pizzicati of Hosanna.

Parler seul / Speech Alone

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A poem by the great Jean Follain, read by Nic Sebastian for Pizzicati of Hosanna. The translation by W.S. Merwin is from his book-length selection of Follain poems, Transparence of the World, which belongs on every poetry lover’s bookshelf.

I don’t make any great claims for this video; I just wanted some Follain here at Moving Poems and no one else was envideoing him in English.

The Return by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Voice and editing by Nic Sebastian, using public-domain footage from the Hubble space telescope.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Swoon‘s very abstract take on the Frost poem, with a reading by Nic Sebastian from Pizzicati of Hosanna.

As you might imagine, there are more than a few videos for this poem on the internet, most of them depressingly void of originality. So often, it seems, this is the fate of the most popular poems — to be badly read. Apparently it takes a filmmaker for whom English is a second language to hear the poem with a more open mind. Of course, Nic Sebastian’s reading may have had something to do with that, too.

Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith

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Video and reading by Nic Sebastian for her site Pizzicati of Hosanna. Though sometimes I don’t quite share Nic’s enthusiasm for outer-space imagery, I thought it really worked here.

Alone by Yvor Winters

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A recent video by Nic Sebastian for a poem included in her online audio collection Pizzicati of Hosanna.

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