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Category: Video Poems

VIDEO POEM: maple leaf

I wrote this poem a couple years ago during a train trip from Albany, NY, to Rochester, NY. (The poem is in my book, Unexpected Sunlight.) I shot the video yesterday while traveling by train from New York City to Albany. As always, I like to acknowledge my debt to Dave Bonta for inspiring me to try my hand at video poems.

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VIDEO POEM: sideways world

Inspired by Dave Bonta’s one-minute video poem, here’s my first-ever attempt at mixing video and poetry.

Here’s the text of the poem:

sideways world

I ride my bicycle in a sideways world
keeping my balance while the cars pass overhead
and the cars path beneath
I wear a helmet in case I should fall
though I don’t know in which direction
gravity would take me

I am the only inhabitant of this sideways world
everyone else appears to be walking
at a right angle to me

we don’t make eye contact

I asked you once to go for a ride with me
you tried, but you couldn’t balance
and so I ride by myself in this sideways world
looking for a sideways companion to join me