cockroaches & New Year’s Eve

Videopoeming is so in my air recently, thanks to Dave Bonta and Marc Neys. So when I found some awesomely creepy cockroach footage at the Prelinger Archives (thanks, Dave!) I KNEW I had to do something with it. The result is below. Pretty scatter-shot, I know. The Thomas Hardy poem comes right at the front of Vol 1 of the Norton Anthology’s third edition, so you can tell I didn’t look too far in my eagerness to find a poem for the footage. From there it was but a step to the NASA video gallery and even less of a step to Jamendo, the copyright-free music site Dave has pointed out. So here’s my newbie attempt at a videopoem:

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

10 thoughts on “cockroaches & New Year’s Eve”

  1. Brava! A great match, I think. And so often the best videopoems do come out of a sort of ekphrastic response, for me (have footage, need poem). As with Cynthia Cox’s recent efforts, this proves that one need not have fancy tools to make compelling videopoems. I look forward to your next experiments with great interest.

  2. That was good. I like how sometimes the words in some strange way matched the activity of the roaches. I have done some of these videos myself and yours has really inspired me. Congrats on a job well done.

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