Add-Verse is a two-part project by Allan Graham and Gloria Graham, which was made in conjunction with twenty-five poets between September 2003 and October 2005. The visual and audio material was collected by traveling to each of the poet’s locations beginning in Cambridge, England.
Add-Verse is an installation with a two-hour continuous video loop by Allan Graham and twenty-five archival-digital black and white photographs by Gloria Graham. Each of the photographs, one of each poet, is printed on 24 x 24 inch paper and was taken at the time of the video recording. There are eight limited edition boxed suites with a DVD and twenty-five black and white photographs. Separately, there are prints of individual poets in editions of eight each.
The video consists of three to five minute segments. Each segment is a poet reading selections from his or her own writing. The video’s focus is set in a fixed position and directed only to the hands and the manuscript with emphasis on voice and poem content. Without interruption of the individual’s identification, it is a seamless flow transitioning one poet to another – no beginning – no end – appearing as a continuous poem by 25 poets with diverse language convictions and presentations.
The featured poets who collaborated on the project include: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Mei mei Berssenbrugge, Maxine Chernoff, Wanda Coleman, Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley, Diane Di Prima, Vincent Ferrini, Gene Frumkin, Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, Jane Hirshfield, Anselm Hollo, Paul Hoover, Joanne Kyger, Nathaniel Mackey, Jackson Mac Low, Michael McClure, Harryette Mullen, V. B. Price, Carl Rakosi, Tom Raworth, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman and John Yau.