Beware of Dog by Tom Konyves

Video by Tom and Alex Konyves with editing by Scott Douglas and voice by Piper McKinnon. Tom interprets his videopoem for us in the YouTube notes:

This videopoem imagines a conversation, an internal dialogue between the poet and his “spirit-guide”, revealed as words typed on the horizontal rails of a fence, accompanied by a Latin club beat (Los Chicarones), and punctuated with a well-situated growl or bark.

The image of the fence suggests “the other side”; on the other side of the fence there is no dialogue, no visual text, no colour, no music — only the singular voice (Piper McKinnon) of the instinctive impulse, in black and white, in slow motion.


  1. Reply
    Nic S. 6 September, 2010

    Two mechanisms I like very much here that use text in a delightfully non-page-oriented way (I’ve become the Enemy of The Page – when did that happen??): 1) heightening the effect of a word by putting it up on the screen at a different tempo from words that precede it in its sentence and b) erasing/correcting sentences on-screen. You couldn’t do either of those things on page. Enjoyed – thanks!

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 6 September, 2010

      Thanks for the comment, which aids my own appreciation of the video.

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