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narrative // gert’s poetry selection + inspirational video

narrative // gert’s poetry selection + inspirational video
September 9, 2013 nick howland

The poems I selected for our first narrative project are Gertrude Stein’s Cake and Custard. They both have fairly chaotic pacing but they also have moments of clarity. Also, Cake has a brief moment of humor that I can’t seem to get past:

“This meant cake. It was a sign. ”

Before I really get into the poetry, the atmosphere I continue to grasp from these poems is one of mild grit and fast pace.  As I continue to read these poems, I continue to focus on the repetition and fast paced rhythm of the poems. For one reason or another, I keep associating this with stop-motion animation. Perhaps a “living sketchbook” kind of animation where the pages each have individual frames drawn on and then animated through stop-motion.

The two poems I chose are as follows:


Cake cast in went to be and needles wine needles are such.

This is today. A can experiment is that which makes a town, makes a town dirty, it is little please. We came back. Two bore, bore what, a mussed ash, ash when there is tin. This meant cake. It was a sign.

Another time there was extra a hat pin sought long and this dark made a display. The result was yellow. A caution, not a caution to be.

It is no use to cause a foolish number. A blanket stretch a cloud, a shame, all that bakery can tease, all that is beginning and yesterday yesterday we had it met. It means some change. No some day.

A little leaf upon a scene an ocean any where there, a bland and likely in the stream a recollection green land. Why white.



Custard is this. It has aches, aches when. Not to be. Not to be narrowly. This makes a whole little hill.

It is better than a little thing that has mellow real mellow. It is better than lakes whole lakes, it is better than seeding.


/A few inspirational videos for the upcoming process./

This first video presents a really interesting concept: housing all the animation within the book itself: each page is a canvas for the work created. The style is most interesting as well in that its all fairly jumpy and rigid but also, somehow, seems to allow the form to flow. It creates a rather interesting atmosphere.

Fair warning and an advanced apology: the next two videos are from youtube and undoubtedly, assuredly have ads. BUT, these two music videos are some pretty excellent examples of well done stop motion design / revealing information over time.

The first video, for Guster’s song “Do You Love Me,” shows a mix of live-action designed sets and stop-motion filming.

Ok, I’ll spare you another youtube video and put one more up here. This continues with the stop-motion theme and furthers on the animated sketchbook premise explored in the first video.