The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “Streamschool (Patakiskola)”

Some of the best work I’ve seen comes out of film schools. It’s fresh, interesting, and ambitious. It’s always good to see a young artist present their thesis. In my opinion it usually turns out to be among their best work. Such is the case with Péter Vácz. 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

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

The Clinic uses teeth as a metaphor. From the beginning, we are made to feel as if we are about to encounter impending doom and are made to feel nervous. We are coldly asked questions that feed into our fears and anxiety. There is no comfort offered, just more questions. Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: Poetry Film in its Infancy

In my quest to find the perfect video poem I stumbled upon a wonderful piece that brought me back to my childhood: “The Charge Of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as performed by Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer. Could this be the early days or even perhaps the first poetry film? Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “A Nose That Can See Is Worth Two That Sniff”

A series of poetry animations featuring representations of perception and sensation were produced for an online course, The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, at Harvard. This one illustrates a poem by William Carlos Williams. Continue Reading