Here’s something fun I’ve been working on for The Poetry Storehouse. Making videopoems using film footage is a lot of fun, but I’ve always wanted to do more with still images. Until now, I thought one was limited to power point-ish slide shows, which lack nearly all the dynamism of video. Enter Prezi, the business presentation software with a ‘Zooming User Interface’ which offers quite a different presentation experience.
This presentation was put together using a poem by David Sullivan from The Poetry Storehouse and wonderful images by Donna Kuhn (thank-you for letting me use them, Donna!). Go here to view the presentation. If you know how to use Prezi, you’ll be fine. If you don’t, it’s easy enough, but here are some basics:
- Once content has loaded, set screen to ‘full screen’
- then EITHER start the presentation by clicking on the right-pointing arrow (you can then click through all the frames at your own pace)
- OR set the presentation to ‘autoplay’ by clicking on the little clock in the bottom right-hand corner and choosing your preferred interval length between frames
Appreciate any feedback you care to leave – this is a first for me and am sure there are a million ways to improve the experience.
More remixing fever based on Poetry Storehouse submissions, this time ‘Stopping’ by Dick Jones. I tried for a voice collage, with Dick’s voice and mine, sort of like the four-voice collage I worked on for Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (not a Storehouse poem).
In other excellent remixing news, Marc Neys made this beautiful video based on a Peter Ciccariello poem from the Storehouse. Such a beautiful, unexpected study – tender and touching, with so many hints and textures, perfect in black and white, with that evocative soundscape. I found it very moving.
What do a bamboo flute, drifting smoke, a human eye and earth seen from a space telescope have in common? More than you might think. I put on my remixer hat this weekend and worked on a video based on one of the poems at The Poetry Storehouse. I have to say it’s nice to have a such a rich selection of poems to choose from when one gets the urge to voice, or en-video or en-sound, or do whatever creative thing with someone else’s poem.
Here’s a video remix of a Storehouse poem by Randy Adams (original Storehouse post here).
In other Storehouse news, we have a bunch of new poems up for remix, from W.F. Lantry, Lissa Kiernan, Cheryl Snell and Kate Marshall Flaherty. There are also new remixes up for poems by Randy Adams, Eric Blanchard and Peter Ciccariello. Check them out!
If you’re a poet, consider submitting; if you’re a remixer, please check out the poems – lots of search options by poet or category or tag. If you know any digital or video artists interested in remixing, please send them the Storehouse link!
Since we launched The Poetry Storehouse on October 15th, six poets (for a total now of 11 Storehouse poets) have thrown their poems into the mix. Many of the poems were captive print-journal poems that had been held in hard copy beyond the reach of links, search engines and the remixers who could give them a new lease on life. We also celebrated, sooner than expected, our first remix results. Check out the new poems and remixes here. If you’re a poet, consider submitting and if you’re a remixer, have at it!
Flagging a blog post over at Serena Agusto-Cox’s Savvy Verse and Wit by Erica Goss which features me in part on my usual ‘voice as instrument of investigation’ soap-box. I’ve been voicing a series of moon poems written by Erica, which are being set to music by Kathy McTavish and film by Marc Neys. A most enjoyable collaboration, which fits right into the ethos of The Poetry Storehouse, our new ‘poems for creative remix’ initiative. If you haven’t submitted, what are you waiting for?!
Think of The Poetry Storehouse as a get-out-of-jail card for poems long locked up in dusty print journals, beyond the reach of links and search engines. As we say over at the site:
The Poetry Storehouse is an effort to promote new forms and delivery methods for page-poetry by creating a repository of freely-available high-quality contemporary poetry for those multimedia collaborative artists who may sometimes be stymied in their work by copyright and other restrictions.
Technology has not just connected people and poetry and poets and artists who weren’t connected to each other before, it has also changed both the face and the delivery of poetry itself. Poems locked up in hard-copy print editions only available for sale are struggling in new and serious ways, while poems delivered in multiple creative ways online have new leases on life and are reaching an ever-widening audience.
With thanks to Rachel Barenblat, Donna Vorreyer, Erica Goss, Jessica Piazza, Swoon and Dave Bonta for being part of the Storehouse team. Go on over and check it out!