Poetry on Film
There’s a growing trend of authors making short videos to advertise their books and then posting them to the web. The idea is like that of a movie trailer, only for books. I think it’s a pretty wonderful use of new technology in the service of literature, and an interesting response to changing times (including the oft-repeated and yet-to-be-proven maxim that “print is dead”). Cornerboys is in some way an outgrowth of this trend, though we’ve made the film be the product rather than the ad. Still, I think there’s some beautiful and funky work being made by poets and writers and animators in the service of promoting books, many of which become works of art in themselves. Poet Sandra Beasley talks about it and gives some stunning examples over on her blog. Thanks to Sarabande Books‘ twitter feed for delivering me to Sandra’s electronic door.