Review of Poetry Film screening at the MIX conference

The curation at MIX 2017 brought a rhythm, line by line, film by film, that on a large scale was sustained to the end. The themes created a forward momentum — and that reflects the journey of poetry film itself. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: Brent Green and Sam Green

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Green on Green at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. I love alternative multi-media theater especially when it includes animation. What was so special about Green on Green was the fact that it’s not just the entertainment, it’s the whole experience. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Forgetfulness”

Sometimes I feel guilty writing a good review. I assume my readers prefer to be forewarned concerning a video poem that is sub-par so as not to waste their time. I know I do. There are times when I will forgo watching a film or reading a book that was panned in the media. But when I stumble upon a work that I believe is worth noticing, I can’t help but sing its praises. Such is the case of Forgetfulness> by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Wayne the Stegosaurus” and “Cigar Box Banjo”

Based on a children’s poem by Kenn Nesbitt, the animated film Wayne the Stegosaurus is perfect in its simplicity, while Cigar Box Banjo, based on a poem by Kim Addonizio, is much grittier and more to my taste. But both are well written and visually outstanding — video poetry at its best. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Beer”

I’m a big fan of Bukowski, so to find a video poem that embraces not one but two things I am passionate about is a rare treat. The animation is smooth and lyrical, conveying a feeling of nostalgia in a postmodern sort of way. Continue Reading