Poetry month, poetry film, and collaborations

Person painting the word

Recently I attended a webinar on poetry film.  The term defies easy definition, but overall it involves the combination of a poetic text, either displayed or spoken, with images on screen.  Usually such films are made as a collaboration between the poet and a filmmaker (English, 2013).  The collaboration speaks to the social nature of information literacy.

Different creative processes come with different possibilities and constraints (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 14).  For example an animated film calls for an animator or group of animators, while a standard film does not.  Though this point is obvious, it bears mentioning.  What skill sets does a specific film project require?

Participation in a scholarly conversation involves responsibilities (ACRL, 2016, p. 21).  We can extend “scholarly conversations” to include creative projects.  What are the responsibilities of each party in the collaboration?

Though National Poetry Month is over, we needn’t limit poetry to a specific month.  Poetry film is another way to honor poetry and information literacy.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

English, L. (2013, September 4).  A brief introduction to film poetry. The Writing Platform. http://thewritingplatform.com/2013/09/a-brief-introduction-to-film-poetry/


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