Welcome to Viral Verse!


Hi, I’m Vanessa.

Under the banner of Viral Verse I make all sorts of videos. The subjects are diverse but the thread that binds is my love for verse.

The posts below are a selection of poetry videos from the web that I love.

On the carousel above you’ll find a selection of my own videos.  If you wish to see more of my videos, please select ‘My Videos’ from the menu above.

Well that’s the basic floor plan, please call me if you need anything on viralverse@gmail.com.




When I Am Dead, My Dearest

Time  1:08

Rossetti’s masterpiece recited by the sublime Brigitte Bordeau.

More poetry from Rossetti here.

More films films Iblamepoetry here.

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A Mother’s Day Poem

Time  2:36

Scott’s mother Laurie who received a wonderful Mother’s Day him and asked me to turn it into a video poem as a surprise for her son.

 “I think it is AMAZING, and I can’t wait to share it with Scott.” ~ Laurie Tiemann


I Hate Tennessee

Time  1:19

‘Found poetry’  – a piece of language when reframed becomes lyrical, poetic, greater than the sum of its words.

I first saw this video months ago, and lately I repeat its refrain when faced with any petty inconvenience or cold dinner.

Read brilliant found poetry from the mouth of Donald Rumsfeld (ex-Secretary of Defense under Bush) here.

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Todd Alcott – Television

Time  1:40

Film maker Beth Fulton uses Todd Alcott’s reading of his own poem, Television, to striking effect. Todd wrote the piece as a comission for a show on (surprise) television. He wondered if a TV could talk what would it say…

More from writer Todd on his blog here.

More from film maker Beth here.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti – The Long Street

Time  3:34

Ferlinghetti’s poem of life’s journeys in weathered super 8mm colours by Paul May. Timeless.

In depth radio interview with Ferlinghetti from Democracy Now here.

Fantastic blog/podcast from Ferlinghetti’s bookshop in San Francisco, City Lights here.

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Shakespeare – Once More Onto the Breach

Time  .32

The best 30 seconds of Shakespeare on the web. Animation by Josh Webb.

If you’re daunted by Shakespeare, then catch a few moments of the Shakespeare Sessions, with the insightful and entertaining director John Barton here.

Film maker Josh and his wife Becca have fun blog here.

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Time  4:40

Bloody Brilliant!

Macabre poem by American Edward Gorey. See Gorey’s own illustrations here.

More from film maker Wayland Bell here.

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Eugene the Librarian – Britain’s Got Talent

Time 3:58

A tired stereotype made funny by full-time dentist and part-time poet comedian Adam Gitlin.

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