Why don’t more literary websites feature poetry videos?

Photo by Nate Robert of a chair in an otherwise empty room of a ruined building.

From a high point of semi-trendiness six or seven years ago, I’ve watched poetry videos slowly disappear from U.S.-based online literary magazines, where one would think they belong. Internationally, videopoetry and poetry film are in robust health, with more festivals, screenings, and critical attention than ever. I think it’s useful to consider possible reasons for this puzzling decline of interest if we’re going to have any chance of reversing the trend. Continue Reading

New content at Poetry Film Live and other websites

The second issue of Poetry Film Live is out, and new material has been appearing on other film/videopoetry-related sites associated with the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Art Visuals & Poetry, Poetryfilmkanal, and VERSOGRAMAS. Continue Reading

New essay on poetry videos and the evolution of language at Ploughshares

Ploughshares magazine logo

Ploughshares, one of the most prestigious American print literary magazines, has a new essay about poetry videos up on their blog, authored by one of their regular bloggers, Ruben Quesada, himself a competent maker of poetry videos. Continue Reading

New York Shakespeare Exchange brings road show, 48-hour sonnet film contest to Texas

The New York Shakespeare Exchange is the nonprofit organization behind the nearly complete (123 of 154 films released) Sonnet Project, which is now going global. Their mission is to “provide fresh points of entry to the work by intersecting contemporary culture with the poetry of Shakespearean words and themes in unexpected ways,” and to that end, they announced this week a 48-hour Shakespeare Shorts film contest next weekend in Texas. Continue Reading

Poetry Film Live unveils first issue, opens submissions

Please join me in welcoming and spreading the word about a new online magazine, Poetry Film Live. Unveiled on Friday, its first monthly issue “features poetry films from international poets and filmmakers,” names that should be familiar to most Moving Poems readers: Robert Peake, Marc Neys, Marie Craven, and Judith Dekker. There’s also an interview with Martin Rieser, which adds historical perspective and contributes some insights about poetry film I haven’t seen elsewhere. Continue Reading