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.

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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.

 

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

 

Part One

Terminology across Time                                        

Realization and Structure               

Voice and Narrative

Time and Mind

Constructing Dynamic Spatio-Temporality

Tonality, Light and Colour

Sound Design                                                                         

Poet on Screen: Persona and Subjectivity

Part Two: Artists’ Voices

The Pioneers                                                                                      

George Aguilar

Enzo Minarelli

Tom Konyves

Javier Robledo

Peter Todd

Heather Haley

Thomas Zandegiacomo

Zata Banks

Gabriel Labanauskaite

Dave Bonta

Alastair Cook

Marc Neys

Making

Chaucer Cameron

Lucy English

Kate Jessop

Adeena Karasick

Martha McCollough

Charles Olsen

Caleb Parkin and Helmie Stil

Maciej Piatek

Dave Richardson

Othniel Smith

Howard Vause

Susanne Wiegner

Poetry Film and Videopoetry in Portugal and Spain: Alive and Thriving by 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

Charles Olsen and Lilián Pallares

Marisol Bellusci: Experimental Poetry in Argentina since 1960

Liberated Words: Developing a Poetry Film Festival and Workshops

Helen Moore and Howard Vause: Butterflies Haven Workshop

Part Three: Selected Narrative Forms

Collections    

Text-on-Screen                                                                    

Haiku and Haiga                             

A Documentary Approach to Poetry Film                                 

Dance and Movement                                                      

The Ecopoetry Film

 

Overview                                              

Examples of Leading Poetry Film Festivals

The Poetics of Poetry Film is an encyclopaedic work on the ever-evolving art of the poetry film.

Poetry films are a genre of short film usually involving 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. In this book, Sarah Tremlett examines the formal characteristics of the poetic in poetry film, film poetry and video poetry, particularly in relation to lyric voice and time.

 

Tremlett brings together in one place crucial ideas and information for practitioners, students and academics, and sets the emergence and history of poetry film in its proper global context, defining and debating terms both philosophically and materially. Showcasing the work of an international array of practitioners, The Poetics of Poetry Film includes interviews, analysis and a rigorous investigation of the history of the genre, from its origins to the present.

 

This is an industry bible for anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing, as well as poetry filmmakers.

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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