This month (February) we are very excited to to have a new essay by Lucy English about writing for poetry films: WRITING POETRY FOR POETRY FILMS: an exploration of the use of spoken word poetry in poetry films. Lucy explains the background and process of her The Book of Hours and her search for a contemplative form of spoken word that can be translated to poetry film.
We are also pleased to be able to bring you two new poetry films:
How to Love by Gbenga Adesina and Hieu Gray.
Gbenga Adesina is a Nigerian-born poet and essayist. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Brittle Paper, Vinyl, Ploughshares and elsewhere. His poetry manuscript, Holy Bodies was a finalist for the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize. Hieu Gray is a director, filmmaker, and poet from Los Angeles, California. Her video poems have screened in several American and International festivals. She holds an MFA from New York University. In a past life, Gray worked for over a decade at CNN as an award-winning senior producer.
Stone by Laura Frare and Mary Kathryn Jablonski
Visual artist/poet Mary Kathryn Jablonski has been a contributor at Numero Cinq magazine and is author of To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Salmagundi, Beloit Poetry Journal, Slipstream, and Blueline. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the Northeast U.S. Laura Frare is an experimental filmmaker, and a self taught multi-instrumentalist, playing a variety of electronic and digital instruments, making audio field recordings, loops, and samples. Employing the “exquisite corpse” method, much like a collagist, she loves participating in collaborative projects with other artists.