“Buttons” (Award-Winning Film-Poem for Children)

Posted by Robert Peake.

I am delighted to announce that “Buttons” won the judge’s prize in the 2014 Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition “Shot Through the Heart” children’s category. It will premiere at the prize-giving ceremony on July 18th at the Purcell Room in London. Buttons Buttons themselves are a kind of love token, they fasten your coat to… Read more »

Push-Bike by Elaine Gaston (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

Push-Bike Click here to read the text of the poem on the Poetry Society website. Process Notes Valerie and I were honoured to be selected to make a film from one of the seven commended poems in the 2013 UK National Poetry Competition. We admired Elaine Gaston’s “Push Bike” as a poem, and sought to… Read more »

Filmpoem 2014, Antwerp

Posted by Robert Peake.

Poets, musicians, and filmmakers from all over the world converged on FelixPakhuis in Antwerp last Saturday for a fantastic day of screenings and conversation. It was a pleasure to see John Glenday again, and to meet outstanding poets like Michael Symmons Roberts and Zeynep Köylü alongside filmmakers like Marc Neys and Adele Myers. You can… Read more »

Aerial Manoeuvres (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

Aerial Manoeuvres In dreams, I am convinced I have always been able to fly– the updraft from the cliff will catch me like my mother when I launched from the stairs on a bird-brained impulse, avian memory, invincible faith. Airline rituals reassure me– the act is routine ad tedium– tyres drift up off the tarmac,… Read more »

Jellied Eels (Film-Poem)

Posted by Robert Peake.

I had a great time reading poems at the Poetry Cafe in Soho tonight as part of the Southbank Poetry Competition awards. Valerie and I also collaborated to turn my third-prize-winning poem, “Jellied Eels”, into the following film-poem. Jellied Eels Read the text of the poem at the South Bank Poetry Magazine website. Process Notes… Read more »

Two Views of “Despot’s Progress” (Film-Poems)

Despot's Progress

Posted by Robert Peake.

Since releasing a number of audio recordings on The Poetry Storehouse, the film-poem community has been remixing my work. Particularly interesting is to see how different filmmakers reinterpret the same poem. In some ways, this feels like the next best thing to being inside different readers’ heads, experiencing their own internal imagery even as they… Read more »

Poetry, Remixed (Including Mine)

Image by Adam Martinakis

Posted by Robert Peake.

The Poetry Storehouse is doing for poetry what “open source” has done for software by gathering text and audio recordings under a Creative Commons license. I wrote a bit about what this means, and why it matters, on The Huffington Post. Because I love this idea, and love collaboration in general, I released a number… Read more »