Poetry in Motion
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Top Customer Reviews
In some of the most interesting parts of the film, Charles Bukowski bravely dismisses most poetry, including most poems considered to be classics, as boring and pretentious and lacking in any meaning to the average person, and is equally critical of most people making a living as poets. In fact, his rant strongly reflects the feelings (usually not so well expressed) of most people I knew in highschool. But while Bukowski makes a great point, the rest of the film manages to prove that at least some poets are not guilty of such crimes as it brings their works to life.
Most of the film consists of various poets, some unfortunately now departed, performing one of their poems, plus there are a few scenes wherein several of them explain their philosophies about poetry and its performance.
The performance styles of each poet varies as greatly as the contents of their poems. Some poets are accompanied by background music or actually turn their poems into songs. Others incorporate dance or other visuals. Others merely read out their poems (some, e.g. Jonathan Carroll, with more feeling than others), sometimes proving that a poem is an intrinsically beautiful thing without a big production.Read more ›
Some of the poets seemed to be somewhat uncomfortable with the transparency of being on camera. As if by reading their poems, suddenly they were more intimate with the audience than before. Helen Adams came completely unglued in front of the camera, as if possessed by some muse. Her highly entertaining and eccentric style is even more enhanced when you start to observe her office surroundings. She playfully feeds off her poems and hardly reads them at all. She truly performs her poems with an advanced memory and captures all the subtleties of the language and sends your imagination on quite a journey. There are two readings on the DVD, one is in the "additional footage" section and could be considered a bit of a ghost story.
Throughout this DVD you can observe poets stepping out of their private writing lives and in front of the camera where they tell their stories, explain how they became poets and explore their artistic freedom with audience participation. This may inspire you to attend a poetry reading, read your poems out loud or to record your poetry on CD.
~The Rebecca Review
Seeing and hearing these talented writers read is just plain awesome!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rented this for my 10th grade class and was bored to death, nevermind my students being totally weirded out by it. Also, a lot of cussing.Published 8 months ago by Heather Ford
Nice to hear all the Beat Poets and some new faces performing their works.Published 17 months ago by John Ziskowski
Their poem, that of a group introduced as the Four Horsemen, were but one of so many, yet theirs was without words. Nice. Got to love a poem without words. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Dan E. Nicholas
I expected more. I purchased this film along with Slamnation and Fooling with Words. The film barely kept me engaged and the poetry and performances were lackluster. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003
The world of VHS is over - bring on the DVD. This is one of the most fantastic group of poets ever assembled on one video. There should be move videos/DVDs for me to gobble up. Read morePublished on February 24, 2003
but every time this film is shown at a theater, i always see it because i love to find out what makes a poet a poet and what creative processes they use to make poetry... Read morePublished on January 24, 2001 by Erren Geraud Kelly