Monday, May 28, 2007

Epistle

Students in the Angst to Art Seminar explore the connections between life, death, and art in this video. The poem is "Epistle to Be Left in Earth" by Archibald MacLeish, recited by Archibald MacLeish. This is one of my favorite poems in the world. The video footage of the snow was taken from office window at the university. The images of the books, Walt Whitman and the Kennedys were taken in my office. The hair flying around in front of the camera is my hair! The players are Molly, Liz, Patrick, Libby, and Frank. Jimbo was absent that day.

4 comments:

Cynthia said...

Yesterday, I took the time to go over your videos from your seminar, instead of having to rush through them in my daily reading. I am so impressed. Your class looks inspiring, liberating and challenging.

Erin said...

Beautiful poem (I will come back & visit it often, I think), and beautiful video, Theresa!

emmapeelDallas said...

Wow, I really liked this, Theresa. I agree with Erin, this is a beautiful video.

Judi

V said...

Jesus.

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