Poez videos date from September 2, 1977, the summer of the 25-hour New York City Blackout and the release of the original Star Wars. St. Mark’s Poetry Project featured Poez in archival video recordings of the leading poets of the day. Poez is the only one not holding a text. When invited to participate, Poez had been in New York for just two months. At that time, video cameras were the size of a refrigerator, and required a sound stage and specially-trained camera operators, as well as either commercial sponsorship, or an art foundation grant. The Poez video archive includes dozens of videos, live and studio, solo and in collaboration with other musicians and video makers. The selections on this page change from week to week and are only a small sample. Many more are to be found on various other platforms, such as Amazon Prime, Vimeo, and YouTube.
This week’s [June 7-13, 2018] selections are This Is Not The Time (Be A Human) Live Documentary, Joeann Calabrese’s 7-minute award-winning film interweaving this protest anthem with scenes from US history memorializing acts in support of freedom; Paul Mills / Poez at Bitter End – “Spontaneous Combustion” live and solo on the club’s grand piano, 4 minutes; Poez – New York, New York, New York; from April, 2015, live and solo on Yamaha keyboard at the Cornelia Street Café, “a whole Broadway musical, in one little song,” 9 minutes.