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.
When you’ve lost everything
go to the Church of the Nazarene.
When cats stare from bandaged trees
unwrap your Skid Row breasts in the hot wet air.
When lead leaks from your womb
remember the children who loved you through hospital glass.
When you’ve seen the abyss black as skin
let the preacher hold your feet in his two hands.
When your bee-loud brain builds a swarm
whisper sooty songs in the marketplace.
When craving opens its toxic door
you are a woman light as January.
June 26, 2013
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://
Photo By: Nick. K.