Monday, November 19, 2012

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

An intimate moment recognised by a son for his father.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I Feel Like Saying Beatnik Poem

Beat poetry in a teen B-movie.  When you think about this being the 50's some of the things she was saying would make their parents jaw drop. Not much has changed.
Actress Phillipa Fallon plays the poetess. (You might want to check the link.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NeNe Ali - WHY

The honesty of this piece is very moving. The meditative music and gentleness of the voice makes the listener search within themselves to attempt to answer the main question.
Click to have a look at some of the awareness raising work NeNe Ali is up to.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kurt Elling sings The Waking by Theodore Roethke

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

written by Theodore Roethke

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Good Books - Metamorphosis

This video has recently been restricted to viewing only on vimeo. I've kept it up here because it's worth checking out. Trippy.... If you've seen the movie adaptation of the drug infused autobiographical novel by Hunter S. Thompson  "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, you'll remember the unforgettable performance of Johnny Depp as a lead character. Check the source link below for the creators of this animation with Depp performing one of the most memorable scenes.

Good Books - Metamorphosis from Buck on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Boy: Bullet: Bullet Boy by Miggy Angel

Chilling real talk from poet Miggy Angel

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An Experiment in Noise in A-Sharp Major - Ken Arkind

Thanks to The Chill Pill collective for this piece of footage

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Animal Charcoal by Alastair Cook

Produced by A FilmPoem / Seven Prodctions

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Black Unicorn Sings - Aja Monet

Thoughtful, honest, reflective...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wanted - Poem by Avaes Mohammad - A National Maritime Museum Installation

The primal instinct of 'Want' explored epically writteen and read by Poet Avaes Mohammad. Film sound by by Jason Singh.

'WANTED' was shown as part of the 'Traders Unpacked: Noise of Art Late Event' at the National Maritime Museum exploring their new East India Company permanent exhibition.

wearePOETS - Tshaka Campbell

UkK born US bred Wordsmith, Tshaka Campbell, pays tribute poets and the craft to which they bow.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Allan Wolf Performing Poetry for Families and Kids

Excellent performance with chants and song that brilliantly hook children to igniting an appreciation for poetry at an early age.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

'Sundiata the Kheta' from Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali

"Yes, the day you are fortunate
is also the day when you are the most unfortunate,
for in good fortune you cannot imagine what suffering is.”

"Love Dogs" - A poem by Mevlana Jelal'uddin Rumi

Coleman Barks reads Mevlana Jelal'uddin Rumi

I Could Have Been a Banker by Alison Boston

What we can do homemade....
Alison Boston made this vid after a workshop in Brighton, in the North of England.
Her fiesty character comes through in poetry and the images she collated to make her own poetry film.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Somebody Blew Up America - Amiri Baraka

A Woman by Jillian Brall.

"A Woman", written and read by Jillian Brall.
Still Photos of public NYC art taken by Jillian Brall.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Like, You Know by Taylor Mali

An funny serious poem about the evolution of language and conviction.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Let Us - A Poem by Olakumbi Akiwumi

Recoreded ver what sounds like an answering machine, Smile For London brings another gureilla style animated Poetry Short by UK poet Olakumbi Akiwumi aka Ola Spoken-word Poet.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

An Apple a Day is Not Enough... by Taylor Mali

An Apple a Day is Not Enough" is a powerful poem written and performed by Taylor Mali (a well-known spoken word artist and teacher) about the importance of health education.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Touchscreen" by Marshall Soulful Jones

This incredible piece has us reflecting the balance between cyber reality and reality reality. Marshall Soulful Jones - a very talented writer and performer.

Kim's kinetic poetry project: Poem 1 "finished"

Choreography by Brad Landers based in the voice of Kimberly Kaye. Danced by Stephanie Campbell and Brad Landers


How My Brain Betrays Me

How My Brain Betrays Me is a collaboration between New Zealanders, visual artist, Kate Barton and poet Miriam Barr.

Poetry by Pablo Neruda - Poema 20

Perhaps one of Neruda's most beautiful love poems Poema 20 comes to life with classic footage of Rudolph Valentino.

Dance... poetry by Rumi, performed by Kim Rosen, Jami Sieber

Possessive Used As Drink [Me]:a lecture on pronouns in the form of 15 sonnets

Text and narration: Anne Carson
Dancers: Andrea Weber, Rashaun Mitchell, Julie Cunningham
Video: Sadie Wilcox
Sound Design: Stephanie Rowden

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ab-Soul's Outro - Kendrick Lamar

The poetry in this piece is very powerful, especially at the end where the poet recites in a scenario that sounds like a camp fire. if you like jazz with a hip hop twist, you will love this piece.

Words by Kendrick Lamar
Produced by Terrace Martin

Heaven Sent (Official Video)

Heaven Sent is an ambient reflection on city living and the breathing space above

Lyrics by ScienZe:
Directed by: Aaron is not cool

Friday, January 20, 2012

Smile For London

Paul Lyalls, Francesca Beard and Cerys Matthews offer up 3 short pieces for the Smile For London poetry project. Click for more info.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Do My Thing

WhoIsParadise and Charlie Parker get together for the Wreck Sessions on FWD360 - a strong combination of vocals and rhyme.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mother Britain by Words Apart

What does it mean to be British?

A project The project was facilitated and managed by Arjunan Manuelpillai and young people from Word Apart Youth Poetry Group, all from the UK's diverse backgrounds, produced this brilliant short film rich with their passion filled beliefs and opinions of what Britishness is. A fresh, raw and enlightening response to a complex question.
"She is OUR Britain."

Directed and Facilitated by Arjunan Manuelpillai and Mohamed-Zain Dada
Filmed and Edited by: Hannah Mason

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Poetry in Motion by Sean Malloy

A reflective poem capturing one of those moments we have when we ask "whats it all for."

Friday, January 6, 2012


We all suffer from it now and then. We try to relegate it 'then' as much as possible.
John Kelly and a production team make the sometimes serious issue of the mismanagement time into playful animation reminiscent of brilliant Sesame street interludes.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

MOONS by John Siddique

 John Siddique is well known for his captivating readings and his infectious love of literature.
 Here are 3 of his Moon Series of poems. Neatly crafted  animated packages challenging our thoughts around relationships and freedom.


Elder Moon

Yew Moon

Ivy Moon

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stunt Poetry by Rishi Kaneria

Thought to start the year differently with movement beautifully shot and take some time to write some poetry in response.

Directed by Rishi Kaneria.
Starring Dante Ha, a professional stunt man whose work includes Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, X-Men:First Class, Walking Dead, Teen Wolf and more.