On January 16th 2010, Lix and Kix hosted Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest at the Last Wordsmith Book Shoppe in North East, Pennsylvania, and I had my video camera in hand most of the day. In addition to its compactness and light weight, one thing I love about my JVC Everio camera is its built-in hard drive, which means it requires no tapes or DVDs and allows me to film for 6 or more hours without interruption and then easily dump all the video onto my computer for long-term storage. The drawback, of course, is that when it comes to filming a 12-hour event like Snoetry, I have to prioritize — because as much as I would like to do so, there’s no way I can record every minute. So I tried to capture a little bit of everybody — a chunk by each of the 30 or so featured poets, plus random bits of the open mic. For example, when Steven B. Smith read around 4 p.m., I captured on video about 11 minutes of his 15-to-20 minute reading. You can view my Smith footage by clicking here.
Sometimes the footage is shaky — as there was no room for me to set up a tripod (I tried it early on, but put it away when it kept getting bumped by the crowd) — plus my video hand sometimes got tired, and most of the time I was video-ing with my right hand I was also taking still photos, eating, drinking, and otherwise multi-tasking with my left.
At the top of this blog entry is a clip I recorded that day at the Last Wordsmith before the crowd arrived and the event began. I goofed and said 2009 on the soundtrack because I wasn’t yet used to the fact that it was 2010. More clips from Snoetry will be coming soon to the Crisis Chronicles Online Library and my You Tube channel. I’m also sifting through Lix and Kix and other poetry event footage from as far back as a year ago, so some of that will likely work its way in as well. To the poets: if you have a short bio or links you’d like for me to include when I post your video, please let me know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d rather me not post your video at all, please let me know that as well.
Peace, love and poetry,
P.S. The aforementioned Smith wrote an interesting blog yesterday about the Online Library. Click here to read what he said.