Anais Duplan

“A POEM BY ANAÏS DUPLAN” is a set of three video-poems. An experiment in melding the video screen with the page-of-text, the videos feature a line-by-line feed of three of Duplan's poems: “I Think That I Can Love It,” about the freedom or lack thereof the Black female body; “Why Does It Feel Natural to Want to Be Stable for the Lady in the Mirror?” a poem on gender instability in the age of social machinery; and finally, “The War of Parasites,” a meditation on war, animalia, and sex. Each video-poem is set across found footage from archival and/or educational films, often featuring black-and-white images of white people in idyllic situations, volcanic eruptions, physical conflict, running in fear, running with semi-joy, and abstractions of light. The set of video-poems, “A POEM BY ANAÏS DUPLAN” attempts to synthesize this particular range of audiovisual and phenomenological experience with the intimacy and habitual quiet of the poem-page.

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