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Harvest Moon

Atticus Review is pleased to present 12 Moons, a series of twelve videopoems born from the collaboration of four extremely talented individuals. We’ll run one installment each month to allow these extraordinary pieces to span the entire year.  Click here to see previous installments from the 12 Moons Series.

Harvest Moon from Marc Neys (aka Swoon) on Vimeo.

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Harvest Moon

They say we have no seasons

in California. Fall, for instance,

 

fails to please.

They want trees

 

decked out

in garish tones

 

and frost to grow

on pumpkins like mold

 

on bread. Perhaps it seems

that summer will never end

 

as heat swells the Pacific

and small clouds collect

 

in the uncertain sky.

The land, a little shabby

 

from summer’s long

dormancy, will never look

 

like the soft hills they

left, thinking

 

that they wanted this much sun.

Now it’s old news

 

and they long to know

that change is coming

 

impatient to dig out

their woolen sweaters.

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12 Moons is an artwork combining poetry, voice, music and video. Twelve poems written by Erica Goss form the narrative. The poems move through a year of full moons, reflecting the hidden influence of the moon on one person’s life. Kathy McTavish’s original music adds complexity to Nic S’s intense and compelling narration, framed by Swoon’s precise editing of sound and image, which creates a miniature universe for each poem within the context of the project.

Erica Goss is the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA. Her chapbook, Wild Place, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2011 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Passager, Main Street Rag, Pearl, Rattle, Wild Violet, and Comstock Review, among others. She writes The Third Form, a column about video poetry, for Connotation Press. Please visit her website: www.ericagoss.com.

Swoon (aka Marc Neys) is a videopoem addict with 120+ international  collaborations to his name.  His videos and sound-scapes have been selected for  festivals everywhere,  and his 2013 film ‘Drift’ won first prize at  ‘La  Parola  Immaginata 2013′.  Since October 2013 Swoon is also video-editor for the online magazine Awkword Paper Cut.

Kathy McTavish is a composer/cellist and multimedia artist. Her music has been used behind spoken word, theater, visual art/sound installations, and film. Kathy’s latest work blends sound and her own abstract, still-motion film to create an immersive, multimedia experience.  She is a 2009 recipient of an American Composers Forum / Jerome Foundation commission. In 2010 she received an Arts andCultural Heritage Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for work with sound and film. More information here.

Nic S is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse (http://poetrystorehouse.com), a website which showcases ‘great contemporary poems for creative remix.’ Nic’s work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Anti-, MiPOesias, Glass, Meadowland Review, Avatar Review and elsewhere.

 

Photo By: Damian Gadal

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