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  1. Dave,
    I too have never been too floored by H.D. in the past, but this was lovely. Though there was something a little off about the nude for me, it still worked well with the poem.
    Would you be interested in doing one of your videos of one of my yoga poems? I would love to use it to advertise the book, and it might bring you some new visitors to your site.

    • Dave Bonta

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, I might be interested in that, though you understand my anti-literal approach to videopoetry would probably preclude the inclusion of something so obvious as shots of actual yoga poses! I don’t promise to do anything soon, or at all, but if you’d like to email a copy of the manuscript, feel free: bontasaurus (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks.


  2. Dora Malech! She was the year below me at Yale, and I remember going to her readings then and thinking, Lord, I can’t wait to see what she does later, too. I have to confess, it’s as exciting to hear about her work as it to watch yours.

    I liked the inclusion of the nude woman, especially since she was–appeared to be–pregnant.. Reading the poem (without watching the video or hearing Nic’s reading) might have, after multiple readings, brought up thoughts of fertility, old gods and Biblical gardens, fruit of the tree, fruit of knowledge, fruit of flesh, all the myriad associations we have with fruit (and orchards, for the Druids among us) and prostration–but I liked how the video brought some of these associations to the immediate surface. Not in opposition, either; but alternation. Visually, the contrast between the woman’s roundness and the trees’ linearity was strong but not overpowering. Well done!

    • Dave Bonta

      I always forget you’re a Yale alum — it doesn’t fit with my image of that school, I guess. You and Dale Favier! But cool, I’m glad you know her.

      fertility, old gods and Biblical gardens, fruit of the tree, fruit of knowledge, fruit of flesh, all the myriad associations we have with fruit (and orchards, for the Druids among us) and prostration

      H.D. was all about that stuff. I guess I tried to make a video she would’ve liked. I’m glad you liked it, too!


      • You know, I take that comment about not fitting with the image as a compliment. *grin*


  3. This is beautiful, Dave – visual and aural elements in perfect balance. The touch of presence on Nic’s voice and the electronic rustle just beneath underpin the atmospheric video and subject poem to haunting effect. I’ve been an H.D. fan since falling for her picture and biog (and the verse) at the age of 16 so this was a treat!

    • Dave Bonta

      Oh, thanks, Dick. I’m glad this resonated with you, then.

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