Thursday, June 26, 2014

June DMC Wrap-up + Giveaway!

At the beginning of this month, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong challenged us to turn a favorite poem into a movie or collage.  While it seems the technology aspects of this undertaking combined with the onset of summer vacations resulted in less participation, I'm grateful that many of you attempted the challenge even if you weren't able to follow through.  A huge thank you (5 ditty stars plus a pat on the back) to those of you who did participate!

I received one Poem Picture:

And six original Poem Movies:

"En Plein Air on the Bayou" – poem and video by Margaret Simon

"Twins" – poem and video by George Heidenrich

"The Sea by Emily Dickinson" – video by Tamera Wissinger

"Trees by Joyce Kilmer" – video by Linda Baie

"Sky Calling" – poem and video by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

"Sisters Through and Through" – poem and video by Bridget Magee

Also of interest:

Monica Gudlewski featured Claude McKay's "The Tropics of New York" (read by Ziggy Marley)

Tabatha Yeatts sent me a gorgeous audio recording of "Rhapsody" by William Stanley Braithwaite, read by Katherine Rekkas

"Bronte" and some other Gotye music videos that I shared this month.

Remember, you still have until Monday, June 30th, to send me your own Poem Movie or Poem Picture! 

Participants will be be automatically entered to win a complimentary copy of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.  You may also enter to win a copy of this fabulous resource by leaving a comment below.  (If you contribute a Poem Movie or Poem Picture and comment below, you will receive two entries.)  Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, July 1st, 2014.

The winner will be determined by and announced next Friday, July 4th, when we feature our new Spotlight ON interview and ditty challenge.  

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Just when we thought summer was safely upon us, Buffy Silverman is sharing an original poem about test-taking.  Yikes!  Luckily, all you need to do to earn an A+ is show up at Buffy's Blog for the Poetry Friday roundup.


  1. Hi, Michelle. Since I have Emily Dickinson on my blog today, I checked out Tamera's video first. Beautiful combination of words, music, and images.

  2. So much treasure to mine here - will have to come back! Thanks for setting out this multi-media poetic buffet today... :0)

  3. Cheers to all those movie makers, and to you for inspiring them! Sorry your link was not correct before--I've fixed it and am going through the rest. I think I need Mr. Linky!

  4. I enjoyed this project. I meant to make another poem video. It was fun to do.

  5. This was a fun project, and is a great way to showcase poetry! Thank you, Michelle!

  6. Congratulations to all the poem movie makers. I enjoyed them so much.

  7. I have to admit that I was so intimidated by the movie part of the challenge that I missed the Poem PICTURE part! That's what I'm doing for my Summer Poem Swap poems, so I'll share the one I sent Buffy for Swap #1. No need to enter me in the drawing!!

  8. I second Mary Lee - I don't want to go in the drawing. I'm just a happy by-stander here. Thanks, Michelle.

  9. Hi Michelle, I'm not sure if I am too late or if this is in the scope of what you are looking for, but here is a link to a poem video I did last year with my two daughters called Sisters Through and Through. Enjoy!

    1. Nope, not too late-- this video totally made me smile, Bridget.

  10. Hi there Michelle, I so love doing this kind of media mix - too bad I didn't here of this sooner. I usually take pictures of my favorite poems and then edit them using an iPhone app for greater delectation and just for the fun of it. :) Thank you for highlighting Mary Anne's "Wish" - it was lovely to read it. :)