Family Therapy – TRT 2:22 mins
A large part of my focus at the moment is generating video remixes from the repository of poems available for creative remix at The Poetry Storehouse. As a remixer, I try to capture, in concrete audio-visual form, the answers to basic questions I have about a poem: “How did this poem make me feel, what did it make me think, what did it show me?” So that the viewer/listener of the remix receives a fused creative perspective, a synthesis resulting from the encounter between the poet’s words and the remixer’s experience. For this video, I worked with a marvelous piece by poet Cynthia Atkins on inherited mental health issues.
Poet, voice artist and film-maker, Nic Sebastian is the author of ‘Forever Will End On Thursday’ and ‘Dark and Like A Web’. She is co-founder and curator of The Poetry Storehouse, a website which showcases ‘great contemporary poems for creative remix’, and she makes poetry videos as part of that project. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and was the voice and founder of the now-archived audio poetry site, Whale Sound.
Cynthia Atkins’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Letters & Commentary, BigCityLit, BOMB, Caketrain,,Clementine, Del Sol Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Inertia, The Journal, North American Review, Sou’wester, Tampa Review, Valparaiso Review, and Verse Daily among others. Her second collection, “In The Event of Full Disclosure” was recently featured on the Huffington Post and the Bill and Dave Cocktail Hour, and reviewed in [PANK] and the North American Review. She earned her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and holds residencies from the VCCA and Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and currently is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Western Community College, and lives in Rockbridge County, VA on the Maury River with her family.