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

Big Bridges: The smoke, the cars and clouds, the quiet, the river

Fourteen Poems From the Bridge screenshot

The Big Bridges exhibition takes on an ambitious and difficult conversation that should be in the forefront of our local and national concerns. I decided the project should begin with my journey to the bridges and then match a winning poem with what I observed and documented. Continue Reading

Upcoming videopoetry and poetry film festivals

Book your tickets! The annual autumn parade of poetry film festivals is about to begin. Some calls are still open: for the Vienna, Ó Bhéal and CYCLOP festivals (see below), and for the as-yet-unscheduled 5th Sadho Poetry Film Fest (deadline:… Continue Reading

The Art of Poetry Film with Cheryl Gross: “The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter”

I love animated videopoems. This appreciation developed while I was growing up watching cartoons with my favorite baby sitter, the television set. Although most animated videopoems cannot be compared to Heckle and Jeckle or Bugs Bunny, they still bring back memories of my formative years, eating Wonder Bread and butter sandwiches. Continue Reading