Category Archives: Poetry Comics

Video of “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

A new video interpretation by Jim Davis of my comics adaptation of William Ernest  Henley’s classic poem “Invictus” (1875). Avis has added a surprise flourish to the final drawing, one that I feel is in keeping with Henley’s theme of … Continue reading

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Video of “Somewhere or Other” by Christina Rossetti

A very sensitive video adaptation by Jim Avis of my comics interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Somewhere or Other.” I find this one makes particularly effective use of Avis’s signature zooming technique. The terrific reading is by “the Wordman” and … Continue reading

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Video of “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

Another video interpretation by Jim Avis of my comics interpretation of the poem “Those winter Sundays” by the American poet Robert Hayden (who by the way studied under W. H. Auden, who was featured in the last Jim Avis video … Continue reading

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“La Belle Dame Sans Merci – A Tone Poem” by Fletcher Cunniff

A very cool and haunting musical composition by Fletcher Cunniff, inspired by John Keats’s 1819 poem, “la Belle Dame Sans Merci.” The track integrates an old vinyl recording of an exquisitely quavering, Mid-Atlantic-accented reading by the American character actor Theo … Continue reading

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Video of “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden

Another great video interpretation by Jim Avis, this time of my comics adaptation of W. H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts.” The reading is by the poet himself. Auden’s oft-anthologized poem is thought to obliquely criticize the Western powers’ ignoring … Continue reading

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“La città radiosa” (“The Radiant City”) by Vincenzo Mascolo

My adaptation of comics of a poem by the Italian poet Vincenzo Mascolo. The poem represents a section of a long poetic cycle (still in progress) titled “Orphée,” which is in turn inspired  by the modern classical album of the … Continue reading

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Video of “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson

Another video interpretation by Jim Avis of another of my comics adaptations of an Emily Dickinson poem. This time it’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers.” The musical accompaniment is by perennialEnglish. My comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can … Continue reading

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Video of “Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson

  Another sensitive and ingenious adaptation of one of my poetry comics by Jim Avis. This time it’s the celebrated Emily Dickinson poem, “Because I could not stop for Death.” The reading is by the great Cynthia Nixon. The comics … Continue reading

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“The Trees” by Philip Larkin in Plough Quarterly

Follow this link to read my visual interpretation of Philip Larkin’s poem “The Trees” (written in 1967) in a special Covid-themed issue of Plough Quarterly. https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/philip-larkin-the-trees?fbclid=IwAR1MHVtphEFYN9fNur4e_ME0_np2iT6X9gDcgr9gKV5Kdv2IxA5LVNR8LYU  

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Interview with Amanda LeClaire for “CultureShift” on Detroit’s NPR

Here is a link to the interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Amanda LeClaire for her program “CultureShift” on WDET  101.9FM, Detroit’s National Public Radio station. In the interview we discuss my recently released book, “Poems to … Continue reading

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