poetry in motion


FATHER > Marshall Davis Jones

An original piece written and spoken by Marshall Davis Jones. Shot on the Red Epic and Scarlet with Canon Cinema Primes.

Read about it on the blog: stillmotionblog.com/2013/09/12/animation/

For licensing inquiries, please contact discovery@storyandheart.com

TROLL > Shane Koyczan

From the album and Graphic novel, ‘Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To’ available for purchase, here http://shanekoyczan.shop.redstarmerch…

Purchase the album here: http://www.smarturl.it/qvro78

Troll Video:
Written and Performed by Shane Koyczan
Music by: Cayne McKenzie & Hannah Epperson
Artwork by: Gareth Gaudin
Animation and Editing by: Amazing Factory Productions

MU(SICK) by Madiha Bhatti

Circles in the Sky > Bob Hicok

Circles in the Sky from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

A poem by Bob Hicok, animated by Keri Moller for Motionpoems.


The Painter > Dobby Gibson

THE PAINTER from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

“The Painter,” a poem by Dobby Gibson, adapted for Motionpoems by Mark Rubbo.


Either Or > Maxine Kumin

Either Or from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

A poem by Maxine Kumin, adapted by Adam Tow for Motionpoems.



THE TREES—THEY WERE ONCE GOOD MEN a poem by Todd Boss from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

This motionpoem was created by Emma Burghardt. Music composed and performed by Debra Barsha and Daisy.

Motionpoems is a volunteer organization that is made of just two people—me (Angella Kassube – designer/animator) and Todd Boss (poet). I started animating Todd’s poems and it was such a great experience for both of us, we decided to bring more poets together with other animators and filmmakers.

The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter > Mark Strand

The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

A poem by Mark Strand, adapted by Scott Wenner for Motionpoems.

MAKING ORDER > Dora Malech

Motionpoems – ‘Working Order’ from Gentleman Scholar on Vimeo.

poem by Dora Malech
video by Gentleman Scholar

Check out Motionpoems.com

FUCK SHIT STACK > Reggie Watts

One of the comedic geniuses of his generation, Reggie Watts’ work is not quite spoken word, not quite rap, it’s hilarious.

Looping his own vocals, beats and quirk, Reggie takes the loop pedal artform into his own dimension by means of his sense of humour. After a string of unique apartment based live videos, FUCK SHIT STACK is his most ‘official’ music video, and it takes apart the gangsta lexicon that now dominates popular cultures as effortlessly as Jay-Z creates a hit record – and the two aren’t disconnected.

See more of Reggie’s work at the URL named after him, here:

If I should Have A Daughter > Sarah Kay @ TED 2011

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

LOOK UP > Gary Turk

A message for the online generation…

Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk


Spoken Word Poem written by and performed by Adriel Luis
Directed and Edited by Karen Lum
Starring Karen Lum and William Tsang
Filmed by Karen Lum, Andrew Baxter, German E. Rodriguez

Shot entirely in my hometown of Oakland, CA in the Summer of 2005

Check out the poet, Adriel Luis, at http://drzzl.com.


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Performed by BLACK ICE.

Inspired by the Motion Picture Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

FREE ANGELA is a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis.
The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon. Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Produced by Desmond ‘DSP Powell for DSP Operations in association with ArtistLive LLC.
Written and co-produced by Black Ice


NPR’s Snap Judgment Performance of the YEAR! Snap Judgment veteran Jamie DeWolf smashes against a towering family legacy with a breathtaking performance.

Original score by composed by Alex Mandel. Performed by Alex Mandel and the Snap Judgment Playaz (David Brandt and Tim Frick).

Film Editing by Will Urbina.

Snap Judgment Productions. All Rights Reserved. http://www.SnapJudgment.org