Today on the Best American Poetry blog: collaboration and remix
Today on the Best American Poetry blog: poems of Noah

Worth watching: psalm 42 videopoem

Earlier today I posted to the Best American Poetry blog about collaboration and remix. My post includes discussion of and links to some amazing collaborative art and remix / transformative work that's happening in the poetry world today. (If you haven't read that post yet, I hope you will -- there's some incredible work highlighted there.)

I want to share one amazing creative collaboration here which is perhaps better suited to Velveteen Rabbi's readers than to BAP's, and that's the new Psalm 42 video from G-dcast, written and performed by Jina Davidovich and animated by Jeremy Shuback:

(If you can't see the embed, you can go directly to it at Psalm 42: Where is Your God?.)

It's extraordinary. First of all, the words are a beautiful riff off of the themes and motifs of psalm 42 as we know it from Tanakh. Secondly, the reading of the poem aloud gives it new voice and new life. And thirdly, the illustrations and the animation of those illustrations...!

This is exactly the kind of thing I'm excited about: words and art informing each other and together creating something greater than the sum of its parts. And, of course, the Tanakh is always ripe for creative (re)interpretation...

Kol hakavod, y'all.


ETA: that video is part of a quartet -- here are all four. Psalm 1, Psalm 23, and Psalm 90 receive the same amazing treatment. Holy wow!