Hello, Meridan blog followers! I’m Zayne, a first-year poet.
A friend of mine now living in Minneapolis sent me an article about an event going down on October 20. (You can read the article yourself here.) The event itself will be a screening of several ‘motionpoems’—collaborations between poets and animators, rendering what seems to be akin to a 21st Century take on the broadside (or, perhaps, the poetic form of a music video). Several pieces can be found at motionpoems.com. What seems interesting to me (aside from the motionpoems themselves), is that Todd Boss (one of the poets pioneering the project) is looking for ideas from the audience about the directions, applications and nature of the motionpoem project. As someone whose work often treads the lines between page and stage, these motionpoems seem to be another means of allowing more poets (particularly poets of various aesthetic varieties) to enter into spheres of distribution that many spoken word artists (and, indeed, musicians) have learned to tap into. Any ideas yourselves, dear blog readers?