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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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.

MoPoProduced with Copper Canyon Press.

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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.

MoPoProduced with Best American Poetry.

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Ecclesiastes 11:1

Filmmaker Faith Eskola’s five-year-old daughter gives voice to this poem by 90-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Wilbur.

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Cogitatio Mortis

Written in the midst of a deep depression, Eric Pankey’s “Cogitatio Mortis” (Latin for “I think of death”) is translated by video artists Jeff Saunders and Scott Olson. Each scene, anchored, “measures the same hour” differently.

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When at a Certain Party in NYC

Jazz, and a male voice-over, lend a hard-boiled tone to Erin Belieu’s poem in this “halfheartedly exploding” motionpoem by Amy Schmitt.

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Snow

James Longenbach’s spare poem about a bygone boyhood season gets atmospheric, thanks to video artist Deb Kirkeeide’s soft-edged, overlapping watercolors.

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The Pilgrim Is Bridled and Bespectacled

Visual artist Angella Kassube was inspired to re-envision, in joyous colors, poet Bridget Lowe’s grounded prayer for sight and insight.

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Thoreau and the Lightning

Henry David Thoreau himself is struck from this David Wagoner poem as re-interpreted by video artist Adam Tow, whose inspiration springs from a different era.

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Just As, After a Point, Job Cried Out

By layering transparent and translucent images, animator Emma Burghardt enlightens this elemental post-apocalyptic poem by K. A. Hays.

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