Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Muse: 'Falling Lessons' (Motionpoem)

One of the consistently excellent sources of videopoems is Motionpoems, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, co-founded by poet and visual artist Todd Boss. Motionpoems works with publishers and literary organizations to produce new poetry films annually. For Season 6, Motionpoems partnered with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts to create an all-female-poets lineup.

Released for Season 6, Falling Lessons: Erasure One is inspired by a poem by Beth Copeland; it is one of a series of three poems that Copeland "erased" to relate the gradual loss of her father to Alzheimer's. The filmmaker is Anh Vu. The sensitive and moving short film was featured last month on PBS NewsHour. (At the PBS link is a recording of Copeland reading her poem.)

Copeland is the author of Transcendental Telemarketer (BlazeVox, 2012) and Traveling Through Glass (Bright Hill Press, 2000).

Read Claire Hellar's informative interview with the poet.

Text of Poem

Beth Copeland on FaceBook

Motionpoems on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vimeo

VIDA on FaceBook and Twitter

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