|Night Vision Videopoem Triptych by Swoon|
This summer, video-artist Swoon created a video based on my poem, "On Edward Hopper's Automat." He has now combined it with two other videopoems to make a three-part video triptych called Night Vision. The poems by Nic Sebastian, Sherry O'Keefe and me blend into a haunting exploration of nocturnal life.
I'm intrigued by the way this new form tears down the boundaries between poems. The film adds layers of visual and auditory friction; the three narratives create a back and forth conversation about fear, distance, and loneliness. They seem to ricochet and echo as if in the dense fog a lighthouse keeper's dream life. Night Vision reminds me once more that artists work in partnership, even when we aren't immediately conscious of it.