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Photos from PoetryFilm Equinox (September 2014)

photo 1Above: guest Dominic Stinton, Sign Language Interpreter Rebecca, Filmmaker Louise Stern, and guest.

IMG_2621Above: Filmmaker Joseph Giffard Tutt and guest. Click below for more photographs.

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Dorothea Tanning at Alison Jacques Gallery


PoetryFilm at Swindon Festival of Poetry, Friday 3 October, 2014

PoetryFilm will be at the Swindon Festival of Poetry on Friday 3 October at 6pm.Swindon

The venue for the PoetryFilm event is Swindon New College, New College Dr, SN3 1AH.

The festival website is: 

Many thanks to Hilda Sheehan for the invitation.

The Poetry Challenge recitational fundraiser, 5 October 2014

Come and enjoy poetry, tea and cake on Sunday 5 October between 2pm-5pm at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury. I will be reciting a poem alongside Aidan Andrew Dun and other poets at this annual fundraising event set up by Nicholas Albery (editor of the Poem for the Day anthology). The event is all about learning a poem by heart and reciting it (not merely reading it out).

Many thanks to Josefine Speyer for inviting me to recite a poem.

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PoetryFilm News: September 2014

September 1

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Menu Screen for PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation

The event took place on 26 September 2014.

PoetryFilm Equinox menu screen

R.I.P. Dannie Abse, 1923-2014

Below is a clip of Dannie Abse reading from Speak, Old Parrot at the T.S. Eliot Prize Award Reading at the Royal Festival Hall in January 2014. Dannie Abse was on top form that evening.

Programme: PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation, September 2014

Below are full programme details for PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation which took place in September 2014.

There was a live BSL interpreter at this event.

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PoetryFilm Archive: Big Moth by Simon McLennan

Experimental film and sound collage with a spoken poem about embodying a moth. Original Super8 footage with found sound and spoken text.

Big Moth

PoetryFilm is listed in the British Council Film Festivals Directory

British Council

PoetryFilm Archive: How Much Does the Shadow of an Orange Weigh? by Wesley Rickert

Typewriter text manuscript of the eponymous poetry film.

 How Much Does the Shadow of an Orange Weigh?

PoetryFilm Archive: Standard of Truth by Daniel Dugas

“Standard of Truth is a video about archives and innocence. Children do not have any archives; they are born free. They do not have to worry about all those boxes of papers stating this or that truth, they do not have to pay storage fees, or check the levels of relative humidity in the vaults. The past has not yet arrived. They have nothing else than life ahead of them. The meaning that flows in their veins is not saturated with antibodies; they are made of oxygen. Maybe that is why they have big smiles.” – Daniel Dugas

Standard of Truth

PoetryFilm Archive: “Floaters in the Eye” by Antoinette Zwirchmayr

The text of Paul Celan’s poem Schliere (Floaters) is printed with a Braille writing machine onto black leader, translating it into Braille writing. The 16mm film is readable to a blind person through physical touch, though projected onto the screen the writing transforms into an unidentifiable code of bright spots.

A blind person can read the 16mm film through physical touch, though can’t see the film projected; a sighted person can see the film projected, though can’t read the visual Braille poem – a paradox particularly appropriate in relation to Celan’s key themes of language and trauma.


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PoetryFilm Archive: Dart by Marc Tiley and Alice Oswald

The poetry film Dart by Marc Tiley is an abridged version of Alice Oswald’s poem.


PoetryFilm Archive: Ruckenfigurphone by Sellotape Cinema

Sellotape Cinema are artists Stephen Snell and Steven Chamberlain. Sellotape Cinema creates film worked directly onto sticky tape and played through a specially adapted projector.


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PoetryFilm Archive: Holes in the Mountain by Kai Carlson-Wee

Holes in the Mountain is a poetry film by Kai Carlson-Wee, shot during a freight hopping trip from Oakland to Portland with his brother in the summer of 2014. Through video, photography, poetry, and music, the film creates an associative narrative structure that seeks to explore rural American landscapes, spiritual poverty, and the experience of traveling by freight. The poem has been published in The Missouri Review.

Holes in the Mountain

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PoetryFilm Archive: My Shadow: An Illusion of Me by Karl F. Stewart

The film plays with the tension between images of shadows, a text describing shadows, and an audio independent from the images and text.

My Shadow: an Illusion of Me

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PoetryFilm Archive: The Word City by Eduardo Romaguera

 ‘I am particularly interested in poetry in the broadest sense, that’s the key to my artistic work. Poetry for me is also a learning process and a search in the understanding of the other. Other objects, other persons.’

For a number of years Eduardo Romaguera considered giving his work another name: ‘Explorador would have been a good one. I believe “explorador” better reflects the work I’m doing.’

The Word City

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PoetryFilm Archive: Dreams of Evolution by Nick Bolton/Kate Toon

“I can think of nothing sadder than a goldfish in a bowl. Swimming in tight circles, such a lonely fishy soul…”

Dreams of Evolution

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PoetryFilm Archive: Timeless Time by Laura Focarazzo

Timeless Time invokes a time outside of time where it is not possible to establish whether events have happened or are about to happen, if they are something imagined or a vague attempt to recapture that which lived before falling into the land of oblivion. Text excerpts are from the film Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais (1961). The film is part of the international audio/visual project: Exquisite, What?TimelessTime

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PoetryFilm Archive: Lapiths and Centaurs by Frank Müller

In Greek mythology, the battle between the Centaurs and the Lapiths reflects the battle between civilised society and wild behaviour.

Lapiths and Centaurs

One week to go until PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation – Friday 26 September

Postcard Post

This beautiful postcard arrived today. Many thanks to Rachel Mayfield.


PoetryFilm Archive: “Every Morning She’d Leave Me” by Victoria Bean

Every Morning She’d Leave Me is the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary history: his life in London in the 1960s underworld has been captured in a series of concrete poems created using his own words. Part poetry, part social document, the film features language from another time: watches on a villain’s wrists are “kettles” and dollars are “Oxford scholars”. The film is an animation set in American Typewriter Light.

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More international stamps from international submissions to PoetryFilm

Featuring lilies of the valley and the Expressionist painter August Macke from Germany; pomegranates from Israel; and barcodes from Portland and L.A.

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“words slipped” signed by Tom Phillips

With thanks to Tom Phillips.
words slipped

“Eschatology” radiophonic drama by Peter Blegvad

Eschatology is a poetic exploration of the end of everything: of land where we take to ships, of radio contact when white noise fills the receiver; of individual sounds as they echo into space.

Black Death Ship Black Death Ship, H.C. Westermann, 1972

On Saturday 20th September at 10pm BST, Langham Research Centre and Peter Blegvad present a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 from Broadcasting House.

Written and narrated by Peter Blegvad, the last survivors are played by Harriet Walters and Guy Paul. Susan Rae delivers updates on the apocalypse as it spreads around the planet.

Music and sound effects are composed and performed by Langham Research Centre, using vintage electronic instruments and tape machines.

From Q to M: Three Centuries of Typewriter Art (talk and live typing)

Optical Structure and Beethoven Today

The first typewriter artist to find fame was Flora F. F. Stacey, with her butterfly drawing of 1898; but since the very beginning of the typewriter’s existence, artists, designers, poets and writers have used this rigorous medium to produce an astounding range of creative work. Join Barrie Tullet as he guides us through three centuries of typewriter art and special guest Keira Rathbone who will be live typing throughout the evening, demonstrating how this most rigorous and unforgiving of machines still inspires today.

Talk with Barrie Tullett (7:15pm) with live typing from Keira Rathbone (6:30pm) on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at the St Bride Foundation.

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“Just as, with reference to time, the abstract mathematical time to be measured with clocks has been differentiated from time specifically experienced by the living human being, one can also differentiate in the case of space between the abstract space of the mathematician and physicist and the specifically experienced human space.” – O.F. Bollnow

Human Space