Above: Hell Hound illustration from the motion video Spell Against Impermanence by Kim Addonizio (poet) and Me Cheryl Gross (art and animation), soon to be premiered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival May 2-4 in Salem. Special thanks to Elizabeth Bradfield and Broadsided Press.
I like dark things. I don’t know why or how this came about. When I was very young, I shied away from a lot of it because it seemed perverse. I think the reason why I gravitate towards it now is because it’s multi-layered. I’m not one for shallow because I loose interest after 2 seconds. That’s the reason why I chose Kim’s poem to animate. It was also practical. Reasonably short and less wear and tear on the computer. Time is always a factor for me. The fact that the poem was short and visually literal, allowed the art to assist the poetry and produce work I’m proud of. The less labor intensive, the better the piece. I won’t be attending the festival but I hope to meet Kim at some point.
I also have a tendency to find humor in some (not all) of these things. A great example is as follows: