Postcard to My Third Crush Today

When filmmaker Sam Hoolihan fell for poet Sean Hill’s “Postcard to My Third Crush Today,” nobody was safe.

Co-produced with Milkweed Editions.

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When the Men Go Off to War

Across the street the trees are unrooting, the mailboxes rising up like dandelion stems, and eventually we too float off…Noah Dorsey renders “what happens when they leave” in restless swirls of color.

This motionpoem was made possible by a partnership with The Southwest Review.

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The Imagined

If you come to realize that the imagined woman can only satisfy your imagination, try watching this motionpoem—adapted by Matt Craig from Stephen Dunn’s “The Imagined”—instead.

This motionpoem was made possible through a partnership with W.W. Norton & Company.

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Talking Points, or: Eggheads

Let John Koethe and Rob Perez take you on a memory trip. Remember Sputnik and piano lessons? Bongo drums and beatniks?

This motionpoem was made possible through a partnership with Harper Collins.

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Albert Einstein

I’m not positive, but I think the theory of relativity has something to do with arrows, fried eggs, and a radio on a train traveling at light speed. This adaptation of Matthew Zapruder’s “Albert Einstein” by John Akre is full of beautiful guesses.

Co-produced with Copper Canyon Press and BEST AMERICAN POETRY.

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Jung / Malena / Darwin

Sit down with your shadow self and watch Chris Jopp’s take on Albert Goldbarth’s “Jung / Malena / Darwin.”

Co-produced with Graywolf Press.

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Antique Sound

83-year-old Pulitzer winning poet W.S. Merwin himself agreed to lay this track down over sculptor Evan Holm’s amazing installation of a turntable submerged in a pool of ink.

Co-produced with Copper Canyon Press.

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Wayne the Stegosaurus

Wayne the Stegosaurus: tiny brain, dinosaur-sized heart. Tie a bow tie to your tail, put some bananas on your head, and watch The Mill’s big and brave and spiny adaptation of Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt’s “Wayne the Stegosaurus.”

Co-produced with The Poetry Foundation.

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This is Not a Fairytale

Some years ago, two young parents abandoned their child in a Michigan woods. Poet Laura Kasischke wonders: “Did they sleep that night?” Filmmaker Laurent Barthelemy and dancer Shizuka Kusayanagi take her hand.

Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY.

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The Ring-Toss Lady Breaks a Five

Step right up and test your love: Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard narrates this tender amusement of a poem by Mark Kraushaar. It wins.

Co-produced with ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW.

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Working Order

Audiences are buzzing about Gentleman Scholar’s honey-dripping adaptation of Dora Malech’s errant poem about the “small gravity” of nature’s machines.

Co-produced with IOWA REVIEW.

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Western Civilization

Where will you be when your spirit guide comes looking for Keith Moon? When filmmaker Alicia Reece went looking for a poem to animate for Motionpoems Season 5, she found Peter Jay Shippy’s poem about Lucas, marooned 50 miles from Moab, and said: “I want it.”

Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY.

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All American

Filmed near Lake Geneva Switzerland (and at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern), British filmmaker Richard Johnson and dancer Jasmine Morand present this francoperspective on California poet David Hernandez’s all-inclusive poem, “All American.”

Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY and SARABANDE.

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Stupid Sandwich

Carolyn Figel and Andrew Montague of MPC stack turkey, cheese, and wind-up teeth between slices of baseball and boxing to adapt Nathan Anderson’s knockout “Stupid Sandwich.” So yeah, we all have these moments.

Co-produced with BEST AMERICAN POETRY and NEW OHIO REVIEW.

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White Fur

Psyop director/designer Georgia Tribuiani tracked poet Mark Wunderlich’s “White Fur” into the San Gabriel Mountains for this gorgeously re-imagined poem-within-a-poem inspired by Caravaggio’s “Narcissus.”

Co-produced with Graywolf Press.

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Our 2014 premiere drew 600!

On May 21, 2015, Motionpoems will screen more than a dozen new shorts at our annual premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It’s free, but last year’s screenings drew 600 people, so reservations are encouraged.

Get yours now at mopo2015.splashthat.com.

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