In the spring of 2015, I was informed that the elegy I’d written for Jake Adam York, “Undersong,” had been chosen to be made into a short film by Matt Smithson, aka Man vs. Magnet, for MotionPoems. He’s a Southerner, too, and after we talked on the phone about the poem and our shared and individual visions of it, I was really excited to see what he would do with the text.
The finished product brings me to my knees every single time I watch it. His drawings have such fluidity and can morph so seamlessly from one idea to the next, and the woman who voiced the poem is magnificent. Check out the video here, and let me know what you think.