The Poetics of Poetry Film (Book)

Film Poetry, Videopoetry, Lyric Voice, Reflection

The first book of its kind, it classifies the different types of poetry film, shedding light on the fast-growing genre and citing works from poetry filmmakers worldwide. A ground-breaking industry bible for anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing as well as poetry filmmakers. 60 col., 20 b/w illus.


Set to generate and influence discussions in the field for years to come, this is an encyclopaedic work on the ever-evolving genre of poetry film. It will set the benchmark for all subsequent works on the subject. As well as being the first book of its kind, this will be a multi-platform project, with users to view the poetry films on a related website and an app planned to accompany the book. 

Poetry films are a genre of short film, usually combining the three main elements: the poem as verbal message; the moving film image and diegetic sounds; and additional non-diegetic sounds or music, which create a soundscape. This book examines the formal characteristics of the poetic in poetry film, film poetry and video poetry, particularly in relation to lyric voice and time.

Provides an introduction to the emergence and history of poetry film in a global context, defining and debating terms both philosophically and materially. Examines the formal characteristics of the poetic in poetry film, particularly in relation to lyric voice and time. Includes interviews, analysis and a rigorous and thorough investigation of the poetry film from its origins to the present. This is a very important, groundbreaking work on film poetry. The ideas discussed here are of great importance, and the diversity and breadth of the volume is especially impressive and very useful. This book brings together in one place crucial ideas and information for practitioners, students and academics, and is clearly and accessibly written. 

Including over 40 contributors and showcasing the work of an international array of practitioners, this will be an industry bible for anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing, as well as poetry filmmakers.  It explores working practices, processes of collaboration and the mechanisms which make these possible. It also reveals the network of festivals disseminating and theorizing poetry film and presents a compelling bibliography.

This is the most incisive and complete analysis of filmic poetry to date. It is poised to become a major text in the field.

Essential reading for academics teaching poetry filmmaking, moving image, film, media and media poetry, writing and art. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in those fields. Great potential for textbook adoption.

Also relevant to poets, filmmakers, visual artists, graphic artists and theorists, filmmakers, screenwriters, art historians, philosophers, cultural commentators, arts journalists.

Sarah Tremlett (MPhil, FRSA, SWIP) is a commissioned poetry filmmaker, writer, artist, arts journalist, and theorist. She is the cofounder of the poetry film organization and online platform Liberated Words CIC, judging and curating international screenings and events.




   Valerie LeBlanc


Introduction: Poetry, Song, Philosophy – The Combined Lyric Aesthetic



  1. Terminology across Time
  2. Realization and Structure
  3. Voice and Narrative
  4. Time and Mind
  5. Constructing Dynamic Spatio- Temporality
  6. Tonality, Light and Colour
  7. Sound Design
  8. Poet on Screen: Persona and Subjectivity



  1. Contemporary Pioneers

            George Aguilar

            Enzo Minarelli

            Tom Konyves

            Javier Robledo

            Peter Todd

            Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel H. Dugas

            Stuart Pound and Rosemary Norman

            Heather Haley

            Thomas Zandegiacomo del Bel


            Gabrielė Labanauskaitė

            Dave Bonta

            Alastair Cook

            Marc Neys

  1. Making

            Chaucer Cameron

            Marie Craven

            Lucy English

            Ian Gibbins

            Jane Glennie


            Kate Jessop

            Adeena Karasick

            Martha McCollough

            Matt Mullins

            Adele Myers

            Charles Olsen

            Caleb Parkin and Helmie Stil

            Maciej Piatek

            Dave Richardson

            Othniel Smith

            Howard Vause

            Susanne Wiegner

  1. Poetry Film and Videopoetry in Portugal and Spain: Alive and Thriving

            Charles Olsen

            Alexandre Braga

            Manuel Vilarinho

            Eduardo Yagüe

            Tarha Erena

            Alejandro Céspedes

            Celia Parra

            Jordan T. Caylor

            Belén Gache

            Santiago Parres

            Lola López- Cózar

            Agustín Fernández Mallo

            David Argüelles Redondo

            Ángel Guinda and Sándor M. Salas

  1. Experimental Poetry in Argentina from the 1960s to the 1990s: Political Voice and Prefiguring the Turn to Digital Literature and Video Poetry

            Marisol Bellusci

  1. Liberated Words: Developing a Poetry Film Festival and Workshops

            Butterflies Haven Workshop

               Helen Moore and Howard Vause



  1. Collections
  2. Text- on- Screen
  3. Video Haiku and Video Haiga
  4. A Documentary Approach to Poetry Film
  5. Dance and Movement
  6. The Ecopoetry Film



Examples of Leading Poetry Film Festivals


Artists and Authors Index

This is an encyclopaedic, groundbreaking manuscript on an area of film production that definitely needs more attention, and stands to be the book to surpass for quite some time; the author knows her territory intimately ... It is the most incisive and complete analysis of filmic poetry to date; it’s very diverse, includes women, minorities and transgender filmmakers, and Tremlett's descriptions of the films, and the intent of the filmmaker poets, and is both accessible and clearly written. This is a sharp, up to the minute manuscript on the bleeding edge of film criticism. ... A book exploding with dazzling, evocative images and trenchant analysis.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Willa Cather Professor of English & Film Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

This is a gem of a book.  It brings together in one place crucial ideas and information for practitioner and academic.  I wish very much that it had been available when I found my way into videopoetry ... Considering the scope of the subject matter, what has been achieved here in terms of clarifying and anatomizing is remarkable. 

Dr Meriel Lland, writer, photographer and film-artist
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