Video of “The Given Note” by Seamus Heaney

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by Jim Avis. This time it’s Seamus Heaney’s “The Given Note,” with a beautiful understated reading by the poet himself. This adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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Video of “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy

Another very sensitive video adaptation of one of my poetry comics, by James Avis. This time it’s my comics version of Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Darkling Thrush,” which was written on the 31st of December, 1900, a date considered by many at the time to represent the eve of the new century. This adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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Video of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by James Avis. This time it is non other than “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot. I like the subdued simplicity of James’s reading, which, combined with the slow panning shots of the comics illustrations, creates a hypnotic but also strangely reassuring effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2TtFVWCDmI

 

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Conversation with Susan Mulder for the Poet Kind Podcast

Last week I sat down (well, I’m sitting most of the time these days) for a chat with the poet and artist Susan Mulder of the Poet Kind Podcast on the subject of my new book, Poems to See By. You can listen to it here: https://anchor.fm/poetkindpodcast/episodes/Season-4-Episode-7-with-Julian-Peters-ecpi1f

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Video of “The Drunken Boat” by Arthur Rimbaud

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics, created by James Avis. This time it’s the comics version of Arthur Rimbaud’s “Le bateau ivre,” which I created nearly a decade ago now. The reading of the poem, in English translation, is by the American actor Michael C. Gwynne. I would definitely adapt this wonderful poem very differently today, but I do feel there are some success elements, mostly in the little details, which James Avis’s video brings out very well. 

 

 

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Video of “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas

Another video adaptation of one of my poetry comics by James Avis. Here the comics version of Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle, “Do not go gentle that good night,” is accompanied by a stupendous reading by the Welsh poet himself.

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“Poems to See By” out today!

Today (March 31) marks the official release date of my debut book, “Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great poetry.” I’m not sure what a release date means exactly in these strange times, but the book is now available for purchase from Amazon and other sites that offer home book delivery, such as Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books, etc.

Publishing my own book of comics is something I’ve been chasing after in one form or another all my adult life. I want to thank all those readers of this website who have encouraged me throughout the years, strengthening my resolve in those moments where I got to worrying that I might be frittering away my life in pursuit of childish dreams.

 

 

 

 

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