Video Broadside: Chicago by Robert Creeley

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This spare, enigmatic poem captured my imagination from the first time I read it.

The text reveal within this broadside has been paced to a short work by composer Bernard Hermann, and is punctuated by layered, impressionistic views of the city.

I chose the bright reveal and style of the text as a counterpoint to the melancholy quality of lines like “going around groping”, to intensify the dissonance and isolation of the central voice, and to suggest the modern world we currently inhabit.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation.

Read more poems by Robert Creeley here.