We’ve been looking at some innovative ways to present poetry to a modern reader, or listener. Here are a few things I found this evening that I thought you’d enjoy.
There is a library in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a few hours from my home that is combining poetry with sculpture. Take a look at this article from last month and some of the exciting projects that are being planned. This calls for a day trip!
Have you ever gone looking on YouTube to see what kids are coming up with as Poetry Projects for their English classes?
Next time you are at your local bookstore look for magnetic poetry. We have it on our refrigerator here in our kitchen, and my sons, family, and guests seem to enjoy cooking up new creations on the fridge door. And since the boys are getting older I don’t have to worry so much about checking to see what some of my more daring friends have composed before my sons come over. Sigh. I also love this idea of putting the process on video:
There are some great poetry animations out there. If you’ve got an artistic bent beyond word craft, why not give it a try? How about the amazing voice of Ken Nordine, put to video with word animation?
Or the way that same man has made a life out of fusing the spoken word to Jazz? You may or may not think of this as a poem, but maybe it’ll give you an idea and inspire you to create something yourself.
Billy Collins voiced a series of his poems a while back that were released on DVD. I found nine of them online, and they are excellently done.
And I also love the combination of old movies and poetry as we see here, in another poem by Collins:
What is going on with poetry in your area? Have you found anything online that just tickled you enough to share it with friends or family, you know those others who are less obsessed with verse than we are? Share some of your discoveries here with us, would you? I’d be delighted and honored if you did.