The video poem was filmed at Nunhead Cemetery in London, which is the closest cemetery to where I live. What surprises me most about the poem is the sound - how alive everything sounds when everything else symbolizes death; tombstones broken and underneath overgrown plants. I used the video function of a Canon 7D to film spiderwebs, dead leaves and flies, anything that was within the cemetery, including, of course, tombstones. The poem consists of four streaming films that are systematically arranged into a box, which create a larger poem when words are juxtaposed next to each other in the larger box.
While the constraint of place and filming objects that symbolize death structure the poem, each individual poem uses words that compositionally and grammatically fit into the area of the box it streams in. Verbs, primarily, and objects that visually correspond to the top images are placed on the top two boxes. Nouns, exclamations and other objects that visually correspond to the bottom images are placed in the bottom two boxes to end the poem.
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