american poetry

american poetry

Epitaph In Reverse by Bianca Stone

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Epitaph in Reverse includes the sort of artistic play that shows Bianca's permissive relationship to her own creative mind. There is an elasticity to Stone's process- she lets ink drops bleed, invites smudging, and whitewashes sections of her drawings for an obvious redo. “Since I end up eviscerating the art during the filming, I sometimes start with old drawings that I’m ok deconstructing," Stone says. "It’s really a trial and error. Which is fun as hell. I like to think of the process of making the video as a big part of the final product. In other words, you see a lot of my process in the final product.” Stone describes her method of creation as such: “I sit at my drafting table and use my iphone usually, with a tiny tripod and a bright light on. I'm always alone. I have a beer. I first start taking pictures of the drawing I've started. I draw and photograph, draw and photograph, until my phone gets too hot. Then I load the photos into imovie and play with speed and filters. I find a song that fits or record my own music on GarageBand. A video takes me about five hours, depending on the length of the poem.” The result is wild play, with guts. Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), and the co-author of Antigonick, (a collaboration with Anne Carson). She is also the co-founder and editor the Monk Books , and chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Crazyhorse. Her blog, Poetrycomics.com, is a space to explore the relationship between poetry and visual art.