‘What you don’t know won’t hurt you’ – process notes for a video remix

This process went much like the one for the ‘Sandburg & Photograph’ remix I worked on recently. I found the footage of a miniature house being drowned by a flooding ‘river’ in the 35mm stock footage section at Archive.org.

I found the clip oddly haunting to watch. And like the rearview mirror clip, it struck me as metaphorically powerful and complete in itself. All I had to do was find the right poem in the Storehouse collection to match with it, and it didn’t take me long to decide on Anne Higgins’ incantatory poem in terzanelle (?I’m hopeless with form) format. A slow build-up of the consequences of neglect, ending in tragedy – I thought the metaphorical match was perfect and all the more so for the simplicity of the footage. Poet and film-maker Sara Mithra left a kind comment on the video at the Vimeo site, which I thought nailed it exactly:

“Gorgeous single-cut (continuous) film… What I like is that immediately, the image contradicts the title of the poem, as the viewer knows that the “river” beyond the levy will flood the house and sweep it away. Moving inevitably towards the destruction builds a beautiful tension with the woman moving, tumor-like, towards her own destruction.”

Thanks once again to Anne for contributing her work to The Poetry Storehouse. As always, we warmly encourage other remixers to visit the Storehouse and get creative with its contents.

Visit the Poetry Storehouse Vimeo page to see all Storehouse-based video remixes.

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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.

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