After is my first cartoon video-poem, which was hand-drawn in an iPad. It started with a feeling of longing for the evident object of desire at the time, Jack. The poem was transmuted from the raw intangible feelings that awake within our hearts. The poem in itself evokes a storm; hence, the background soundscape is a storm building up. It is a simple and child-like poem and it has very defined images, so I felt like drawing those images, or better say doodle them. The program I used is called cutecut, and is free to purchase in the apps of the iPad. I used the tip of my fingers to doodle the cartoony images. I also used a combination of perception tricks by flipping the slides upside down in short continuous brakes, as you can see on the raining images. What looks like raindrops falling is the actual movement of flipping the drawings upside down over and over again. I did something similar with side to side flipping of the images. I recorded my voice on the iPad, since cutecut has a pentagram where you can upload the usual, voice recording, soundscape, text and self-drawn images.

The winds are roaring, Jack,
It is winter,
The winds are roaring,
U and I, and our names are blowing

The willows are shacking,
Their sorrows, Jack,
Now it is raining,
From the sky to our hearts,

A big cloud is above us, Jack,
More rain will fall between our eyes,
The cold will keep us
Together and alive,

The winds blow a kiss against my lips,
The thunder brings you close to me,
Between raindrops, our hands hold

(As the lightening shines across,
Beams of light uncover your smile,)

As you look above, Jack
The winds caress the clouds
Stars blink hide and seek
Your arms holding me,
No need to say a thing,
Below the silence after the storm.

Lucia Sellars is a poet, an environmental scientist and describes herself as ‘a quiet observer’. She published a pamphlet at 18, after winning the Premio Joven Contest in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She has also published in magazines such as The Response (Fabrica Art Gallery – Brighton), Cronopis (Barcelona), Alba (London) and online magazine Datableed. She started to perform in Oxford in 2014 at The Catweazle, and was part of Poetry Can F* Off, by Heathcote Williams in 2015. Her video-poems have been projected at the Athens International Video Poetry Festival 2016 and Film Poem Festival 2017 in Lewes, UK. She writes in both English and Spanish. Her recent published piece is The Quiet Life of Walls.


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