we have a videopoem triptych!

45 responses to the videopoem triptych call for submissions! We were staggered. But very happy. And some really wonderful work came our way. Thank you so much to everyone who submitted – we’re only sorry we were looking for just three poems.

We’ve decided to do a three-poet triptych – our awesome finalists are Donna Vorreyer, David Tomaloff and Lisa Cihlar. Thanks, guys!

More process notes later, but I did want to share the rejection letter we came up with, because it highlighted so much that was unique to me in both the call for work and the process of selection:

Dear Poet X – Many thanks for your submission to the videopoem triptych project. Unfortunately, your poems have not been selected for inclusion in the first triptych. This is a unique project and we have had to consider submissions simultaneously as ‘voice’, as ‘film’ and as ‘music.’ Our final decision says little about the quality of your poems, but a great deal more about the combinination of our own personal aesthetics as reader, film-maker and musician. We are honored to have received your submission and thank you for sending your poems in.

More later, and again, thanks so much to everyone who sent work in.

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9 thoughts on “we have a videopoem triptych!

  1. Dave Bonta says:

    Wow, you guys read fast! That’s a very interesting line-up. Breath bated here.

  2. we burned gallons of midnight oil, for sure..!

  3. Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Donna, David, and Lisa! I like the three-poet approach and look forward to seeing the result of your initiative.

  4. redmitten says:

    here as well: breath, bated. i’m trying to imagine the logistics and the (wonderful) conversations you had with each other in sensing how one poem might speak for another and so on. looking forward to hearing more regarding the process, and also to experiencing the result.

  5. Yay! Congrats to all! Looking forward to it. Good letter.

  6. I am so thrilled – having seen the work that all of you do (and knowing which poem of mine you chose), I am so intrigued and excited to see the results. (And honored.)

  7. Congratulations to your poets. This sounds like such an innovative project. Truly inspiring work!

  8. [...] A film called Flight, showcasing the collaborative efforts of Swoon (video editing, production, etc.), Nic Sebastian of Whale Sound (voice), and Kathy McTavish of Cello Dreams (music). This was the dry run for their new collaborative videopoem project announced in a call for submissions last week (which was soon answered). [...]

  9. [...] with text of her own devising in response to the footage. She blogged about it in some detail at Very Like a Whale: The footage for this piece is courtesy of the wonderful artists at the Hubble website. In their [...]

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