Both poetry-films are connected to a sequence of recent poems influenced by Sangam literature, in particular by the 2000-year-old poetics that connects landscapes and human emotions. They will be part of an environmentally-focused book of poems called Twice Alive and linked to other films, installations, and collaborations.
Forrest Gander is the author of many books, including Be With (awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), Eiko & Koma, Core Samples from the World, Eye Against Eye, The Blue Rock Collection, Torn Awake, Science & Steepleflower, Deeds of Utmost Kindness, Lynchburg, Rush to the Lake, The Trace, A Faithful Existence. His most recent translations are Alice Iris Red Horse: Poems of Gozo Yoshimasu, Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems, and Fungus Skull Eye Wing: Selected Poems of Alfonso D'Aquino. His most recent anthologies are Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin American (selected by Raúl Zurita) and Panic Cure: Poems from Spain for the 21st Century.