This essay was originally published by PoetryFilm Kanal Weimar in 2015. It is my personal view on filmpoems and videopoetry.
Many think that poetry and film do not belong together, that they are two different breeds that cannot truly hybridise. I believe films and poems can court each other, with or without serious intentions, and some of them can even give rise to new, beautiful, offspring.
Before I describe my fascination with poetryfilms, it is important to define the term ‘poetryfilm’, as there are several examples on youtube and vimeo, showing an eclectic mix of interpretations. There is no officially agreed nomenclature but there is an implicit consensus that poetryfilms are some kind of hybrid between poems and films. However, is it a film based on poetry or rather poetry based on a film? And what distinguishes a filmpoem from a videopoem or even a cine-poem?