~ Filmmaker: Vanessa Plain ~

Fable by Howie Good: Moving Poems contest winners (1)

First Runner-up: Jamie Doughty



Second Runner-up: Glenn-emlyn Richards


Honorable Mention: Diane Lockward


Honorable Mention: Vanessa Plain


Thanks to everyone who entered Moving Poems’ first contest! Howie Good and I were extremely impressed by the high quality and variety of the submissions. The judging worked as follows: we decided jointly which videos qualified as finalists and Howie ranked them, soliciting my opinion in a couple of cases, but ultimately making the final decisions. Tomorrow: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, and thoughts about the next contest.

Easy to Love a Beautiful Woman by Vanessa Plain

Update: Video is no longer online.

Viral Verse marked the first anniversary of their launch with this videopoem, written, filmed and narrated by Vanessa Plain. Here’s what she wrote about the film over at VV and at Vimeo:

Easy to Love a Beautiful Woman is a dramatic narrative, a sci-fi poem. It was inspired by a worrying trend – I see a lot of love for the Earth but little faith.

They say we are here because of planetary accident. The intelligence of nature is dismissed as illusionary. We convince ourselves that it us vs. nature, yet we are here only by the Earth’s good grace.

We are dazzled by technology, believing any new discovery to be for our good. But all too often our choices have proved wrong.

The poem is a cautionary tale. It’s set in a future when Revelations become real and they tell us to pack…

Easy to love a new idea,
Fall deep in its charms.
Jump head first with a cursory look
blind to any harm.