Scene! Poetry Meets Film


In his introduction to his latest book, I Want To See My Skirt, A. Van Jordan writes “I firmly believe that poetry is a visual art form, so there’s a natural discourse between poetry and film.” In his interview from this issue, Jordan discusses the ongoing conversations with his favorite movies that ultimately became his collection of poems, The Cinaste.  Using Jordan’s work as your inspiration, write a poem in conversation with a film. Be inventive: pan out where there’s a closeup, edit the ending, direct the actors differently, focus on a minor character, set the film in your neighborhood or bring one of its characters to dinner at your home. And….action!

Read more in this issue: Interview | Critical Essay | Poems

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