While making my way through the latest issue of Poets & Writers, I came across an article about a collaboration between filmmaker Angela Kassube and poet Todd Boss which sprung in 2008 from a project they worked on together using Boss's poem "Constellations" and Kassbe's animation, called Motionpoems. You can read the whole article HERE but what interested me most about this was not the products themselves, although they are both innovative and moving, but the impetus behind the project. The two identified a 'distribution problem' with poetry--unless you're already an avid reader of poetry, it's unlikely that you'd happen across Mark Strand's latest collection by accident. But what if it's more than a poem? The addition of a visual story line makes these poems accessible and interesting even to folks who might not typically seek poetry out.
In this day, with a decreasing number of bookstores, and an increasing number of digital outlets for access to literature (which don't make reading an act of discovery--you often have to know what you're looking for, unlike wandering into a bookstore where things might catch your eye), the creation of projects like Motionpoems is going to be pretty important to carry all types of literature through the industry's rapid transitions.
Check out the article for yourself, and make sure to visit the Motionpoems site for lots of beautiful pieces, but in the meantime, here's something to wet your appetite...
A collaboration between poet Éireann Lorsung, Director Pablo Delcán, and artist Brian Rea:
On another note, my mom told me I had to come to her storage unit to get the last of my things from childhood. I headed home today with boxes full of drawings and writing from elementary school. It's strange looking back at all of this. Here are two pieces to share with you from my eight year old self:
'The Brave Buffalo'
Once upon a time there was a brave Buffalo, her name was Maria. Maria was brave because, when Maria saw Indians trying to stick bow-in arrows at her she would go right over to the Indian and it's horse, stick her hind-egs out and she would kick them off thier feet and out of thier witts!!
'The Magic Mirror'
If I had a magic mirror, I would say, Magic Mirror on the wall make my wish came true. My wish was to be invisible.