Women of Troy

Here’s something for your ears (and eyes): a multi-media project that combines poetry, photography, and audio footage to create documentary poems. It’s a real collaborative media mishmash. And it’s more amazing to listen to than to read about. But a little background anyway: radio producer Lu Olkowski teamed up with poet Susan B.A. Somers-Willet and photographer Brenda Ann Keneally to chronicle the lives of working class mothers in Troy, NY. All three of them acted as reporters, including Susan, and Susan’s poems became the narrative backbone of the various radio stories and audio slide shows that resulted.

It’s some seriously amazing work. Sad, funny (okay, not this particular video), tough, unsentimental. A few of the poems were featured on Re:sound last week, along with an interview with Lu. Check it.


1 Response to “Women of Troy”

  1. 1 thetigressreader
    January 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I love this. At the end, when the poet chokes on her words, that part is sad and great.

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