26th May 2011

Years ago, I posted this poem by Todd Boss, and he recently sent me a note to say he’s been working on a project called Motionpoems — poetry set to animation and video. I love this idea:

RENDER, RENDER a poem by Thomas Lux from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

The Trees — They Were Once Good Men, a poem by Todd Boss from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

If you’d like to help, they have a Kickstarter Project up to fund about 15 new shorts to accompany Scribner’s Best American Poetry Anthology, so consider pitching in. Also, if you’re a professional film maker or video artist who wants to make a motion poem, let me know and I’ll pass your info along.

Thank you, smart people, for making cool stuff. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Motionpoems

  1. The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful

    Actually I have a film I made years ago to Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” But it seems that you’re interested in new poems.

    I do have one line of original, postpartum poet-like observation. Ready? This is gonna be epic.

    “I stand with flaccid breasts, somehow still full of myself.”

  2. Jessica

    Angella and Todd are my fellow Minnesotans, so I might be a little geographically biased, but I love this project. Thanks for bringing attention to it, Maggie!

  3. Alex | Perfecting Dad

    This is great. I’ve recently discovered slam poetry, or the spoken word performance poetry. A link to one of my favorites relevant to parenting is Taylor Mali’s What Teachers Make but there are many other examples by Taylor Mali, Shane Koyczan and probably many others I don’t know.

  4. Urlaubs- Bernadine

    Sehr informativer Bericht. Unser Urlaub soll dieses mal wirklich traumhaft werden. Ich fliege mit meinen Eltern dieses Jahr nach Italien. Mein bester Urlaub war bis jetzt im Jahr 2006 in Monaco, dieser war wirklich phantastisch. Freundliche Grüße

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