Matt Mullins: Ten Notable Single-Author Videopoems

I really enjoy all forms of videopoetry, and collaborations have certainly led to some of the most groundbreaking and vital work out there, but I also have tremendous admiration for those people who work primarily as singular “videopoets.” To have the skill and talent to write a compelling poem and the ability to place that poem into an equally compelling visual and sonic context is an impressive artistic accomplishment.

But as I sat down to compile a list of ten single-author/author-made pieces that have influenced me, I quickly realized that there’s a tremendous amount of excellent work of this type out there. So I decided to narrow my list even further to focus on those poets who have demonstrated that they have the skills I mention above, and the ability to read their own poetry convincingly, and the ability to deliver the whole package in four minutes or less.

So in no particular order, here they are: Ten notable single-author videopoems under four minutes where the author also reads the poem.

 

Mouth
Timothy David Orme, 2012

 

Kleine Reise (Little Trip)
Claire Walka, 2010

 

The Dinosaur Book is Green Fire
Brenda Clews, 2011

 

the giant
Kate Greenstreet, 2009

 

Vowels
Temujin Doran, 2012

 

Where They Feed Their Children to Kings
John Gallaher, 2012

 

when you land in New Orleans
Ben Pelhan, 2012

 

Profile
R.W. Perkins, 2011

 

It turns out
Martha McCollough, 2012

 

Who’d have thought
Melissa Diem, 2013

Matt Mullins

Matt Mullins

Matt Mullins writes and makes videopoems, music, and digital/interactive literature. His work has been screened at conferences and film festivals in the U.S. and abroad including Zebra, Video Bardo, Visible Verse, Liberated Words, Co-Kisser and The Body Electric. His fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of print and online literary journals such as Mid American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Descant, and Hobart. His debut collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, was published by Atticus Books in 2012 and was named a finalist for Foreward Magazine’s Book of the Year. Matt teaches creative writing at Ball State University where he is an Emerging Media Fellow at the Center for Media Design. You can engage his interactive/digital literary interfaces at lit-digital.com.

2 Comments

  1. An amazing list of videopoems, Matt. Each one is remarkable in its own often understated way. I appreciate the quietness of this collection overall, that there isn’t a lot of bright poppy snazzy editing and so on. The intent of the force or drive that produced the poem and the video is stronger when they are produced by one artist and perhaps more completely enmeshed as a unity of word and image. When the poet makes the video there is an inner cohesion to the experience of the words, the voice, the visuals and the music. Thank you. I’ve been sharing this page. – and I was truly taken back to find a videopoem of mine among them – so often one feels like one is working in a vacuum.

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