(note to self)

(watch on Vimeo)

Be sure to expand this to full screen — it’s beautiful footage. I can say that because I didn’t shoot it myself. It’s from the free stock video site Beachfront B-Roll and is licensed under the Creative Commons (Attribution Unported license). But I did go to the trouble to save and upload a true HD version, for once. It actually didn’t take much more than an hour to upload, so maybe I’ll do that more often from now on and stop subjecting y’all to crappy low-resolution videos.

UPDATE 7/8/12: I’ve completely revised the soundtrack to include a somewhat livelier soundscape than the one included in the original video, as well as a more natural reading. Freesound.org is a marvelous resource.


(note to self)

don’t be so eager to find yourself

the deer rolls her eye in panic
at your approach
birds take flight
the rabbit’s pelt quivers

consider the possibility
that they’re right about you
those whom we trust to predict earthquakes

stop trying to dot your i’s
broken columns
from a Greek temple
where no one now remembers
the name of the god

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  1. Clever, those “i” columns (missing some Doric top, maybe!)

    The deer hang out in the middle of the road and don’t let me go (judging by my return home last night after midnight.) That probably means something too, and nothing good…


  2. Beautiful footage. I have been scattering insects with the noise of the lawn mower this morning. I’m sure they are right about me…

  3. JMartin

    Indeed a fabulous video/poem pairing. Loved the after-shock water disturbance, and those birds! What wonderful stand-ins for humans and concocted gods, as they dot the I’s and hierarchically reshuffle.


    1. What Julie said! I also loved what I took to be the car engine starting, as if after contemplating the poem.

      Quite a poem.


  4. Thanks, y’all! I also want to acknowledge the role of some good criticism from rr, via email and chat, in my decision to re-do the soundtrack. (I’ve got to become less hasty in my approach to videopoem-making.)


  5. That would be rr the “audio Nazi” I presume :-)


  6. Beautiful. I’ve been meaning to sit down and watch this for several weeks now. Glad I remembered.


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