Beautiful Dead Dragonfly Why – Poetry Reading by James Gaynor


Performed by Val Cole
1) What is the theme of your poem?

Is there a moment of clarity preceding the final darkness that is either night or death?

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

My friend, the photographer Andrew Guest,  took a picture of a dead dragonfly that I found oddly beautiful. I started thinking of the insect’s life, one defined  almost completely by  constant aerial movement, now finished, attested to by still and iridescent corpse on the ground.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

More than 50 years

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Sushi with Jane Austen

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I hear my poetry read by a voice inside my head. Oddly enough, it sounds just like me. I was curious as to what it might sound like read by someone with a beautiful voice, someone I didn’t know.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

As #HaikuJim I write regular commentary for and have just published a new book, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!)

7) What is your passion in life?

I’m a classic Scorpio. Make of that what you will.  😎



Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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