1. A video about mind control and hidden meanings.

    Erasure poem: Dave Bonta davebonta.com
    Music: The Night Programme dementio13.com
    Source Images: Prelinger Archives archive.org/details/prelinger
    Video: Marie Craven pixieguts.com

    Original poem in 'The Other Bunny':
    theotherbunny.blog/2018/03/19/962

    Note: all material in this video is available for re-use, except the music, which can be shared but not remixed.

    Video process notes:

    'Human Resources' is based on an erasure poem of the same name by Dave Bonta in the US. Erasure poetry is the process of creating poems by selecting words from pre-existing texts. The original text here is sections of a CIA document from the 1980s, concerning mind control techniques. Dave's piece, original excerpts and erasures both, first appeared in 'The Other Bunny' journal online in March 2018. The video is made up substantially of this text on screen, overlaid on a delirious blend of movie images from the Prelinger Archives. I chose to 'mash up' two different films for this background. The first, and most visually recognisable, is 'Duck and Cover', a famous documentary film from the 1950s containing advice on how to take cover in the event of a nuclear blast. The second film is 'Destination Earth', an anti-communist animation also produced in the 1950s. Both films were 'doubled up', making four superimposed layers, sped up considerably, with some parts appearing in forward motion, others in reverse, and some images rotating so that they appear at odd angles throughout the piece. The rapid melee of images is designed to express the hallucinatory effect of mental confusion engendered by mind control. The music is a psychedelic piece by The Night Programme (aka Paul Foster), with whom I've collaborated musically for over a decade, all via the net (he's in Wales, I'm in Australia). The track is entitled 'Cxx2', from his album, 'Backup 010318'. In a contemporary sense, the poem and video seem timely in this era of rampant fake news and unabashed propaganda.

    Featured at Via Negativa:
    vianegativa.us/2018/04/human-resources-erasure-poetry-meets-videopoetry

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  2. Video based on "26 January" from Dave Bonta's Ice Mountain: phoeniciapublishing.com/ice-mountain-594225.html

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  3. An early snow prompts memories of last year at this time.

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  4. If a human falls in a city and there are no trees around, does it leave a hole?

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  5. if I could
    I would pay the sea

    carrying messages from
    my other life

    my other mouth
    told me to take joy
    and not be quiet

    Process notes: vianegativa.us/2017/08/carnival-videopoem/

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Plummer's Hollow Poet

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Poems by Dave Bonta, Plummer's Hollow, Pennsylvania poet-in-residence.

Every neighborhood should have its own poet—even if the "neighborhood" consists of just three houses surrounded by hundred of acres of mountaintop woods and fields. And someday,…


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Poems by Dave Bonta, Plummer's Hollow, Pennsylvania poet-in-residence.

Every neighborhood should have its own poet—even if the "neighborhood" consists of just three houses surrounded by hundred of acres of mountaintop woods and fields. And someday, I hope, every neighborhood poet will have his/her own videopoetry channel, too. In the meantime, here's mine.

Because I don't share videos of my own poems at movingpoems.com I wanted to make them a little easier to find here — the good ones, anyway. The others can stay buried in my archives. And I'm deeply grateful to the other videopoets who have elected to remix my words.

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