Artist’s statement: The Reason for Sleep started as a few lines I wrote several years ago after having had a dream where a door opened in the wall of my bedroom. An alternate house existed the other side of that wall, and in the dream I explored the house, opening doors and looking out of windows. When I woke, I wrote a few sentences about it in my journal. Last spring, I decided to use those sentences as the basis for a video poem. As I filmed the shots, the poem took shape to fit the images, instead of the other way around.
Bio: Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Convergence, Eclectica, The Red Wheelbarrow, Main Street Rag, Pearl, Rattle, Wild Violet, and Comstock Review, among others. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls: www.mediapoetrystudio.com. Please visit her at Erica Goss.