In Retrospect: a Manifesto and its Underpinnings

A few months ago, the organizers of the 2015 Poetry/Translation/Film conference contacted me that they intend to publish a book of the proceedings and they were going to include my Manifesto, translated into French. Could I add a text “in which you look back on what you wrote then, say if there is anything you would revise if you were to rewrite your manifesto now, tell the reader of any developments between now and then, and what you foresee for the future?” Continue Reading

Great introduction to film poetry… on the radio

I just listened to an excellent, 45-minute program on BBC Radio 3 called “Crossing the Border – Poetry and Film.” Though understandably UK-centric, its survey of the history of poetry films and film poetry gave due credit to early Soviet filmmakers and other international influences, and talked about the earlier conception of film poetry and a non-linear sort of silent film in some detail. Continue Reading

New essays at Poetryfilmkanal from Javier Robledo, Ram Devineni and Sigrun Höllrigl

The German website Poetryfilmkanal has continued its broad, international focus and clockwork regularity with its weekly series of short essays on poetry film and videopoetry. Continue Reading

Interview with Tom Konyves at Connotation Press

In her latest “Third Form” column at Connotation Press, Erica Goss interviews videopoetry pioneer Tom Konyves. He discusses, among other things, making his first videopoem on ½” reel-to-reel videotape, being “unrecognized” by Herman Berlandt, Director of the San Francisco Poetry Film Workshop, what text-image relationships have in common with male-female relationships, and falling in love with language as a child. Continue Reading

New essays on poetry film by Nissmah Roshdy and Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel

The Poetryfilmkanal website has added an essay by ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival organizer Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, “Poesiefilme, Festivals und soziale Netzwerke,” and one by Egyptian filmmaker Nissmah Roshdy, “Poetry Films: A Genre Alien To A Poetry Nation.” Continue Reading