Written by
Sandra Beasley
March 2010
Written by
Sandra Beasley
March 2010
My second poetry collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize (selected by Joy Harjo) and will be launched into the world on April 5, 2010 by W. W. Norton. This will only be a short post because I've been in New Orleans for the last four days, both researching my nonfiction book (by attending a medical conference on allergies) and finding my way to two different local reading series in order to connect with some Louisiana poets. All on a very thin dime! I'll write more about that juggling act next week, after I've had a chance to catch my breath. So I thought I'd use today to debut a short video I made using my poem "I Don't Fear Death," which was first published in AGNI online and will be in I Was the Jukebox. This is the third is a series. What I love about making these short videos, which I think as the equivalent of book trailers for poetry, is the secondary creative process in which you revisit your work as a visual, aural, and choreographed experience. What is maddening about making them is sitting at your dining room table listening to your own voice over...and over...and over. Without further ado, I'm sharing this with my fellow SheWriters. I hope you like it.
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...and if you're interested in the technical aspects of making your own book trailer or animated poem, you might check out Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 in my series of posts "On Animated Videos & YouTubing," over at my "Chicks Dig Poetry" blog. If you've already made one of your own, please direct us to it in the comments section!

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  • Christine Stewart

    Wonderful Thanks for sharing. Love the journey the visuals of a poem take you on. I taught a class a couple of years ago on turning poems into animations and they turned out amazing, especially from the people who hadn't really written poems before. They were so fearless. The process really forces you deep inside the metaphors and meaning (whether you want to go there or not!).

  • Sandra Beasley

    Hi Deborah...I think the embed code is listed under the URL code; look in the gray info box on the upper right here, on the YouTube page:

  • Deborah Ager

    I'd love the embed code to put this on the 32 Poems blog. I could not find such code on YouTube though. Hm.

  • Sandra Beasley

    Thanks, everyone. Such sweet encouragement. Christine, your video is stellar! (No pun intended.) Everyone--I encourage you to follow the link and have a look!

  • Margy Rydzynski

    Nice job!

  • love love love it. I am from Omaha. I am part corn.

    This is just a little story - not a poem - that answers the question: where do stars come from?

  • Nicelle Davis

    Yeah! Congratulations. I look forward to reading your work. (Such a five star title).

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  • Victoria Mixon

    What an interesting take on exploring your work from different aspects. There's so much beyond the actual words we find, particularly in poetry. I love "only the cold air between us."