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drylung (videopoem)

August 18, 2010

poem from Watermark by Clayton T. Michaels
video by James Brush

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Tomorrow we’ll begin showcasing poems from each of the finalists in our 2010 chapbook contest, but to kick off the series, we teamed up with regular qarrtsiluni contributor and blogger James Brush to produce a video for a poem of his choice from the winning manuscript by Clayton T. Michaels. We were extremely impressed with James’ first go at the genre two months ago, God Bless Johnny Cash. It turned out that, in addition to being a fine poet, he also has a degree in film.

We have a strong interest in promoting videopoetry, also known as poetry film and cinepoetry — see Dave’s site Moving Poems, for example — so we decided to do this in preference to a more standard book trailer (itself an interesting new genre). Once the book is officially launched on August 30, other filmmakers will also be welcome to explore videopoem possibilities with the author’s permission. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to link to and share this video. And needless to say, we’d love to get more video submissions to our regular themed issues, too. (You can see all the posts in our Videos category here.)

James Brush lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, cat and two rescued greyhounds, and teaches English in a juvenile correctional facility. His poems have appeared in various places online and in print — see the complete list of publications on his blog. He published his first novel, A Place Without a Postcard, in 2003. He has been fascinated by Martian landscapes since he saw the first Viking images in the mid-1970s.

  1. August 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    wow. wonderful. and I love the chapbook countdown on the Watermarkpoems.com website. This speaks of exciting new directions for Qarrtsiluni, while the poem speaks of frightening new directions for the world. Art at the edge.

  2. September 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    This is great. Makes me think of Visible Verse? Maybe you will consider submitting there.

    • September 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

      Thanks. I’ve never heard of visible verse. I’ll have to check it out.

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