An interview by Dr Meriel Lland with Sarah Tremlett, author of The Poetics of Poetry Film published by Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press, May 2021. This interview was originally made for REELpoetry, Houston, February, 2021.
Sarah Tremlett (Poem Film) MPhil, FRSA, SWIP is a poetry film-maker, videopoet, poet and theorist, particularly enquiring into connective aesthetics and the philosophy of poetry film. She is co-director of Liberated Words Poetry Film events, editor of Liberated Words online, a judge at international festivals, and author of leading publication The Poetics of Poetry Film (Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press, May 2021).
She has given presentations on her own poetry films worldwide. Recent commissions include: Selfie with Marilyn – by prize-winning American poet Heidi Seaborn, from the Visible Poetry Project; and from Brighton University for – Bird Poem – a family history poetry film by poet Dr Helen Johnson. She is currently working on a personal long-term poetry and poetry film family history collection entitled Tree, centred on the geopoetics of place and belonging, and showcasing other artists on the subject. Other curations include the touring screening Uprooted (with films on the refugee crisis) as part of REELpoetry festival, Houston 2020; and Poetry Films for the Environment for LYRA Poetry Festival 2020.
The Poetics of Poetry Film
The Poetics of Poetry Film – Film Poetry, Videopoetry, Lyric Voice, Reflection (May, 2021), commissioned by Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press is described by the publishers as: ‘the first book of its kind; with encyclopedic content, it establishes historical context, classifies the different types of poetry film, and sheds light on the fast-growing genre. Whilst material on the subject is available at a few online sites, there is no one English source that comprehensively brings the subject together in academic book form.
Whilst Sarah Tremlett’s thinking develops around subjects such as time, lyric voice, subjectivity, the remediation of the page poem, and audio-visual philosophcical practice, the book is multi-voiced, including first-hand accounts from numerous poetry filmmakers worldwide. A ground-breaking industry bible for students, academics, poetry film-makers and anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing.’ [412 pages, 60 col., 20 b/w illus].