Tag Archives: poems to see by

In Conversation with Charity Hill (Bright Wings Podcast)

I recently sat down (well, on Zoom, so I had probably already been sitting for a while) for a conversation with Charity Hill of the podcast Bright Wings: Children’s Books to Make the Heart Soar. Our exchange centered around the … Continue reading

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Video of “Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town” by John Philip Johnson

Jim Avis’s video adaptation of my comics rendition of John Philip Johnson’s beautifully unsettling poem, “Stairs appear in a Hole Outside of Town.” The poem is read by the author himself. Side note: I’ve recently become very intrigued by the … Continue reading

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Video of “Not Waving But Drowning” by Stevie Smith

Jim Avis has put together a haunting animated version of my comics interpretation of “Not Waving But Drowning,” a poem by the English poet Stevie Smith (1902-1971). The excellent reading is by Janet Harris. You can find 24 other such … Continue reading

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Joe Biden reads “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

In honour of today’s inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, here is a video put together by Jim Avis pairing my comics adaptation of Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays” with a more-than-competent reading … Continue reading

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Interview in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Exciting news! Rajesh Panhathodi (University of Hong Kong), Augustine George (Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, India,) and Aswin Prasanth (Amrita School of Arts and Sciences) have published an interview with me in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. … Continue reading

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Video of “The World Is Too Much With Us” by William Wordsworth

A very amusing video by Jim Avis, based on my comics adaptation of William Wordsworth’s c. 1802 sonnet, “The World Is Too Much With Us.” The reading is by Tom Hiddleston. 2020, a year in which, for many, the world … Continue reading

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Video of “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

A beautiful and moving video by Jim Avis, pairing my comics adaptation of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “Spring and Fall” with a musical interpretation of that same poem by Natalie Merchant. The original comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can … Continue reading

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Video of “Conscientious Objector” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

With Halloween around the corner, here is a suitably eerie video adaptation by Jim Avis of my own comics interpretation of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Conscientious Objector” (1934). The poem is read by Natalie Rushing. The original comics adaptation, … Continue reading

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“Not Waving But Drowning” by Stevie Smith in Plough Quarterly

My comics adaptation of one of my all-time favourite poems, Stevie Smith’s “Not Waving But Drowning”(1957) appears today on the Plough.com website. The comic was created last year for inclusion in “Poems to See By,” (published by Plough Publishing in … Continue reading

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Video of “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats

A beautiful anime-adjacent video interpretation by James Avis of my comics adaptation of William Butler Yeats’s poem “When You Are Old.” The drawings are a homage to the Japanese shojo manga tradition, and particularly to the work of the CLAMP … Continue reading

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