poetry in motion

Archive for March, 2012


Epic conscious rap and video which follows the beginning of the universe from big bang to evolution of life and the creative instinct that sparks eternal.

FIAT LUX is an ode to the creative muses and the evolution of consciousness performed by HUGO (lyricist behind the RAP NEWS), with beat by TREATS (musicfromspeakers.com) and video collage by filmmaker TIM PARISH aka VERB STUDIOS as an Undergrowth Magazine collaborative project in samplology.

FIAT LUX is from the album ‘The Enlightenment Age’ available online through Reverb Nation here:

This video is dedicated to the brilliant artists and creative minds that have inspired and evolved the human experience into manifesting a visionary society.

We want to also respectfully acknowledge the work of the filmmakers and painters whose work has been sampled in this video essay of evolution.

Stanley Kubrick (2001:Space Odyssey)
Jan Kounen (Blueberry/Renegade)
Frank Reggio (Naqoyqaatsi)
Ron Fricke (Baraka)
David Attenborough (LIFE)
Darren Oronofsky (The Fountain)
Alex Grey (TOOL: Lateralus)

Flight 404

Electric Light Orchestra – Tightrope
Telephon Tel Aviv – Sound In A Dark Room
Sebastian – H.A.L.
The Black Ghosts – Any Way You Choose To Give It (Boy 8-Bit Dub)
2562 – Kameleon
Rhianna ft. Jay-Z – Umbrella
Rage Against The Machine – Township Rebellion

Aboriginal Australian, Mayan, Huichol, Native American and Egyptian Artists, Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Brueghel, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Salvador Dali, MC Escher, Amanda Sage, Alex Grey, Martina Hoffmann, Robert Venosa, Pablo Amaringo and many more…


Here is another version of the same poem, recited by Hugo live to fellow poet Si in an anonymous cafe. The riddle of life immersed in the mundane…


Jerusalem > William Blake

The twin English  passions of football and William Blake are combined in this unique video poetry project for the BBC’s Poetry Season.


From movingpoems.com
“Continuing the theme of video poems that riff on television conventions, here’s a poetry promo from the BBC disguised as a sporting news story from the BBC. The poem is referred to as “Jerusalem,” but it’s actually from the Preface to Milton. A popular hymn adaptation by Hubert Parry a century after Blake wrote it is responsible for the new title, according to the Wikipedia.”

The poem was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by his uncle Joseph of Arimathea, travelled to the area that is now England and visited Glastonbury. The legend is linked to an idea in the Book of Revelation (3:12 and 21:2) describing a Second Coming, wherein Jesus establishes a new Jerusalem. The Christian church in general, and the English Church in particular, used Jerusalem as a metaphor for Heaven, a place of universal love and peace.


More poems by William Blake can be found here:


The Genius of the Crowd > Charles Bukowski

A short poem by Charles Bukowski, with a recording of him reading the poem, with most of the footage shot in New York.

Soundtrack and video: immprint


Fireflies > Omar Musa

Poem by Omar Musa

Directed and edited by Rush

CODED LANGUAGE > Saul Williams


Saul Williams performs his epic ode to the genius of language and the indictment of the mindless violence of gangster hip hop culture to raise the consciousness of the entire. fucking. world.

From the album ‘Amethyst Rock Star’ with music by DJ Krust

Below, the same poetry performed live at Def Jam Poetry show on HBO.



Yelp > with apologies to Allen Ginsberg

Technology can be addictive. In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, we created a short film lampooning the addictions of our generation. It’s narrated by Peter Coyote.

The filmmaking team behind “Yelp: With Aplogies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl,” also made the 2011 Sundance documentary “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology.”

written by tiffany shlain & ken goldberg
directed by tiffany shlain
edited by tiffany shlain & dalan mcnabola
original animations by stefan nadelman
narrated by peter coyote
produced by carlton evans

You can learn more about both films at:

God, Rid Me Of God > Joel McKerrow

Spoken word recorded at Abbotsford Convent, Victoria, at the beginning of 2011.

Words by Joel McKerrow


Heiroglyphic Stairway > Drew Dellinger

“It’s 3:23 in the morning, and I’m awake, because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep…

They ask me: what did you do when the planet was plundered?’

Spoken word poet and activist Drew Dellinger answers the calling of future generations.

Produced by the Global Oneness Project


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised > Gil Scott Heron

A collage of Youtube clips to the original recording from Gil Scott Heron’s classic piece.

Words: Gil Scott Heron

Video artist: unknown.

For those young ‘uns who haven’t heard of Gil, below is full length documentary about the legendary poet and his contribution to the artform.

Rest In Peace


For more:


The Shape Of My Tongue > Thomas Jack of Hearts

‘The Shape Of My Tongue’ is part of a series of contemporary poems inspired by the words of sufi poet Rumi.

Words by Thomas, Jack of Hearts. – myspace.com/thomasjackofhearts

Music by Briztronix – briztronix.com/

Produced and directed by Tim Parish – Verb Studios


“Blokes” Matt Lloyd

Words / Mat Lloyd


Animation / Matt Frodsham

*Winner of Shortcuts Film Festival 2009*


‘Everywhere around me are shells. Shells of buildings, of cars, of machinery. This is a shell of a world’.

Dysteria is a short film based around a poetic narrative about a dystopic future,


Filmmakers: Maria Åkesson, Victor Carlander, André Boström, Richard Olsson and Therese Ankarfalk

for ‘Digital Graphics’ at Nackademin in Stockholm January 2011.

Words: Candy Royalle,

Original Music: Gareth Coker

Sound design: Hugo Lundgren.

“The Cyclo Men of Phnom Penh” Laura Jean McKay

Words: by Laura Jean McKay – Asialink Literature Resident 2009. www.laurajeanmckay.com

Film: Julien Poulson (Asialink Cambodia Resident 2007) and Justin Foster.

Music by THE GREEN MIST Khmer Ensemble. Recorded at Cambodian Living Arts.

Vocals Ouch Savy.

Dedicated to the Cyclo Men of Phnom Penh



Randall Stephens: I Statements

I Statements by Alex Scott & Randall Stephen

Words: Randall Stevens

Kinetic Animation: Alex Scott

Winner of the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmakers Challenge

For more work by this artist, go to:


“The Best Of Times” Sage Francis

Video for “The Best Of Times” by Sage Francis from the new album ‘Li(f)e’


“Stories by Starlight” Candy Royalle

Words: Candy Royalle

Animation: Maria Åkesson.

Music by Susanne Lambert.


Mr Simon Taylor – I Love Language

Written/Performed/Storyboarded by @MrSimonTaylor (Twitter)

Produced by Enter Closer
Directed by Matthew Ziccone
Cinematography by Lochlan Goodwin
Music and Animation by Simone Pulga

“This City Speaks to Me” – Si

Si performs his infamous ode to Melbourne’s bohemian underbelly.

Filmed by Darius Devas



“The New Crusades” Luka Lesson

Australian Poetry Slam 2011 Winner Luka “Lesson” Haralampou – Round 1 – “The New Crusades”

On Sunday, November 27th 2011, a packed Sydney Theatre chose Luka Lesson to be Australia’s Slam Champion.

Two poets from each state and territory bound onto the stage. They poured out their wit, substance and powerful emotions in a competition judged by randomly selected audience members.

A crowd of over 400 offered wild screams, applause and people leaping to their feet shouting, “yeah, that’s right!” Reminder: this is at a poetry event.


“Thicker Than Water- Four Short Studies on Flesh and Blood” Kelly-Lee Hickey

Kelly-lee Hickey won the Australian Poetry Slam National Final on December 5 2010. From a pool of over 600 writers around the country Kelly-lee’s performance: “Thicker Than Water- Four Short Studies on Flesh and Blood” won her a tour of China with the Bookworm Literary Festival and a trip to the Ubud International Writers and Readers Festival in 2011. The Australian Poetry Slam is made possible by support from the Sydney Theatre Company, State and Public Libraries and The Copyright Agency Limited

My Generation > Omar Musa

“My Generation”

Written and performed by Omar Musa


Directed, shot and edited by Vis Pajori