Poetry on Film: The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation

Various artists

Commissioned by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and produced by Poetry Ireland.

Matthew Thompson’s films bring life to new and well loved poems. Combining language, performance, music, and moving image, the films build an immersive experience that invites viewers to reconnect with an ancient art form in a wholly contemporary way.  This season, our six chosen films feature poems by Jessica Traynor, Sasha Terfous, Toeti Heraty, Moncho Ollin Alvarado, Sarah M. Sala, and William Blake; with readings by the poets, Khairani Barokka and Patrick Fusco.

Films are between two and five minutes long.

Jessica Traynor

Onion Poem

William Blake

'A Poison Tree' read by Patrick Fusco

Moncho Ollin Alvarado

Ama Teaches Me How to Whistle


Expanding access to poetry

The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation is a New York–based literary organization bringing great poetry from across places, eras, and traditions together. The Foundation’s aim is to expand access to poetry for audiences worldwide to enjoy by curating outstanding poems and creating films that bring poetry to vibrant life.

Opposite: A Poison Tree by William Blake. Read by Patrick Fusco

Living Canvas

Living Canvas is a cultural initiative by IPUT which establishes new ways of exhibiting artworks in large scale outdoor installations in Dublin’s city centre.

Living Canvas