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US Poets

When The Smoke Clearz > Taalam Acey

Guerilla News Network’s award-winning video scratch of Talaam Acey’s slam epic

Slam Poet: Taalam Acey

Score: Dead Prez

Producer: Ian Inaba

Designer/Editor: Stephen Marshall


RIP – Guerilla News Network…

9th & Hennepin > Tom Waits

Footage from a train through Gary, Indiana and downtown Chicago set to Tom Waits’ spoken word piece, “9th & Hennepin”.


Kerouac, The Movie > full length documentary

“Kerouac, the Movie” – a full length documentary study of literary genius and archetypal beat poet – Jack Kerouac.

Includes Jack Kerouac being interviewed by Steve Allen in 1959 and reading from his most famous novel.

Mankind Is No Island > Daniel Spratlin

Mankind Is No Island from Daniel Spratlin on Vimeo.

‘Mankind is no island’ is a film shot entirely on a cell phone, using found signage on the streets of NY and Sydney to tell a touching story from the very heart of two cities.

Directed by Jason van Genderen
Winner of Tropfest NY 2008!

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


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:

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


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“The Best Of Times” Sage Francis

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