It’s our 2014 world premiere!

Motionpoems will unveil Season 5 in the luxurious cinema at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on May 22, 2014, at 6:30 and 8pm.

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Both screenings are free! Our emcee: MPR movie maven Stephanie Curtis! Meet the poets and filmmakers, and join the after-party!

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HICOK | MOLLER | “Circles in the Sky”

Seeing beauty in vultures, poet Bob Hicok and filmmaker Keri Moller circle back to the living in this quiet, tenderly wrought motionpoem.

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KUMIN | TOW | “Either Or”

Socrates had some either/or thoughts about death. Poet Maxine Kumin has some thoughts about those thoughts. Filmmaker Adam Tow adds his thoughts to hers.

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STRAND | WENNER | “The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter”

Filmmaker Scott Wenner didn’t take many interpretive liberties with this poem, though it bears his particular stamp. And now it has your address. Happy New Year from Motionpoems!

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HIRSHFIELD | OLSON & SAUNDERS | “The Cloudy Vase”

“The old clearness” leaps from Jane Hirshfield’s haiku-like poem into this motionpoem by Scott Olson and Jeff Saunders.

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HICOK | KOHLER | “Having intended to merely pick on an oil company, the poem goes awry.”

Bob Hicok’s invective against British Petroleum becomes an indictment of his own consumptive habits, but documentary filmmaker Joanna Kohler sets him straight in the end.

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STRAND | DELCAN | “Poem of the Spanish Poet”

Filmed partly in the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s New York apartment, Juan Delcan’s film blends animation and live-action footage, in the last months before Mark Strand moved to Spain.

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WILSON | HANSON | “Lisp of Cloud”

The world of Leila Wilson’s ethereal poem “Lisp of Cloud” skews away in this fresh and atmospheric film adaptation by David P. Hanson.

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YOUNG | KASSUBE | “Discharged into Clouds”

Angella Kassube donated to Dean Young’s heart transplant fund. Two years later, she found herself animating his poem about it.

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GIBB | JACOBSEN | “Spirit in the Dark”

Robert Gibb’s ghost story is hyper-stylized by filmmaker Tom Jacobsen using live actors, dollhouse miniatures, and an antique Victrola.

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