The Vehicule Poets (Montreal, Canada, 1970 -1988)

Left to right: Endre Farkas, Claudia Lapp, Artie Gold, John McAuley,

Ken Norris, Tom Konyves, Stephen Morrissey

Yelp (With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg) narrated by Peter Coyote

Writen & Directed byTiffany Shlain & Let It Ripple Studio

<p align="justify"In 1978, Canadian poet Tom Konyves used the term video poetry to describe “Sympathies of War,” his first work in the genre, and is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the form. He began researching video poetry in 2008, resulting in the 2011 publication Videopoetry: A Manifesto, that defined the form as “a genre of poetry displayed on a screen, distinguished by its time-based, poetic juxtaposition of images with text and sound. In the measured blending of these three elements, it produces in the viewer the realization of a poetic experience.” <p align="justify"The Vehicule Poets was a collective formed in Montreal in the 1970s by poet Tom Konyves, who had an interest in experimental American poetry and European avant-garde literature and art. <p align="justify"“The Vehicule Poets bonded together long enough to form one of the most cohesive poetry movements in Canada since the early 1960s. The group was a beehive of activity, collaborating to produce some of Montreal’s most original multimedia performances, collage texts, videopoems, literary magazines and books.” (The Montreal Gazette, April 3, 2004). <p align="justify"This group of poets who gathered in the mid-70s around the alternative gallery Vehicule Art Inc. and the printing operation VehiculePress was initially interested in gaining access to the means of production. But a funny thing happened on the way to print. The various poets coalesced into a group, feeding off each other’s experiences and innovations. Inspired by the experimental environment of the gallery, the Vehicule Poets worked at the cutting edge of mixed media, poetry and video art. They took poetry out of the closet and put it on the buses, in the parks, on the dance floor and in the subway. The Vehicule Poets were an irreverent, adventurous lot, provoking both praise and vitriol from the public and the critics.”

Read the history of The Vehicule Poets at Wikipedia