more poetry off the page

I’ve been looking at loads of poetry videos lately and one that I have gone back to is a piece by Italian poet Caterina Davinio. Her point of entry is not the text – in fact there is almost no text in the piece – but I still came away feeling I had experienced a poem. Which was very surprising to me, as I have always conceived of text as a sine qua non of poetry.

And a quote from Orson Welles, according to this site:

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. Distributors, naturally, are all of the opinion that poets don’t sell seats. They do not discern whence comes the very language of the cinema. Without poets, the vocabulary of the film would be far too limited ever to make a true appeal to the public. The equivalent of a babble of infants would not sell many seats. If the cinema had never been fashioned by poetry, it would have remained no more than a mechanical curiosity, occasionally on view like a stuffed whale.”

–Orson Welles, from Ribbon of Dreams

Lots to think through, still.

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4 thoughts on “more poetry off the page

  1. Paul says:

    That is a cool one. There’s a lot of great video poetry about at the moment, all different styles and approaches. A explosion of creativity unheard of since the 60′s, what joy.

  2. Great quote, the old adage of the best words in the right place, holds true for film as well but of course to this we could add the best angle, lighting, jump cut, flashback sequence, edit, sound, set design, costume design ( the whole raft of those little Oscars that never get shown on TV except as a quick run through at the end for what they see as a niche or geek audience).Then I thought..all this too applies to poetry. There is a reason that imagine and image have the same root, the dialogue between the two has to work for both art forms and the pace and rhythms of a film, the narrative arc could all apply to poetry.

  3. I love that! Wonder what vid program she used to create. The way the images are presented are what makes it so good!

  4. Andrea — yes indeed – thanks particularly for imagine/image — had not seen that.

    Paul, Pris — thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the Davinio.

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