Henry Ferrini's POLIS IS THIS


Polis is This wrestles with the six foot eight inch 275lb colossus of poetry. Charles Olson, in the squared circle of understanding. Through never before seen footage and interviews actor John Malkovich leads an all-star unit in a search and explore mission.

Olson, the “big fire source” for a restless generation of poets known as The Beats stands more revealed than ever before. Through Ferrini’s poetry-in-motion lens, viewers can now see Olson’s landscapes through the fresh eyes of America’s Archaeologist of Morning.

“Sublime…simply stunning” says Author Jim Harrison. “An invaluable contribution to our literature” notes Russell Banks.

Charles Olson the “original aboriginal” fights to save his town from so-called progress as the bullzoder of change rumbles down Main Street USA.

His challenge to us? We must either rediscover the earth or leave it. Have we all become estranged from that which is most familiar? See Polis Is This before the cultural wetlands are completely drained and maybe you can save the place where you live.

Public Television Screenings
March–May, 2009

3/30 New Jersey Network–2–9:00pm

4/1 New Jersey Network–2–8:00pm

4/1 Iowa PTV World 3–8:00PM

4/1 KLRN-San Antonio D9.2–4:00PM

4/1 WHUT Washington, D.C.–8:00pm 

4/2 Prairie Public, Fargo ND–8:00pm

4/2 KIXE-Redding, CA–9:00pm

4/2 KENW/Eastern New Mexico Univ.-Portales, NM–10:00pm

4/3 KET-1, Kentucky–2:00am

4/3 S. Oregon Public TV–9:00pm

4/4 Prairie Public, Fargo ND–2:00am

4/4 PBS Hawaii-Honolulu,HI–9:00pm

4/4 Alabama Public TV–7:00pm & 11:00pm

4/5 KACV Amarillo,TX–3:30pm

4/5 Detroit PTV–4:00pm

4/5 KLRN-San Antonio D9.2–6:00PM

4/5 WGBH-Boston, MA–7:00pm

4/5 WKAR-E. Lansing MI–8:00pm

4/7 Ozarks PTV-KOZK, Springfield, MO–7:00pm

4/8 WCVE, Richmond, VA–11:000pm

4/8 KCPT-2, Kansas City, MO–8:00pm

4/10 WGCU- Ft. Myers, FLA–10:00pm

4/10 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–9:00am

4/11 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–10:30am

4/11 WGCU-Ft. Myers, FLA–6:00pm

4/11 WVIA-Pittston,PA–8:00pm 

4/11 S. Oregon Public TV–9:00pm

4/12 Blue Ridge PBS, Roanoke, VA–5:00pm 

4/12 WVIA-Pittston,PA–9:00pm

4/12 WSIU-Carbondale–11:00 pm

4/13 Rhode Island PTV–9:00pm 

4/13 WCNY-Syracuse, NY–10:30

4/14 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–9:00am

4/15 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–5:00pm 

4/15 KMOS- Warrensburg MO–8:00pm

4/15 KVCR-San Bernardino, CA–10:00pm 

4/19 WGBY- Springfield, MA–1:00pm

4/22 KCSM – San Mateo, CA–11:00pm 

4/22 KRCB-Rohnert Park, CA–8:00pm 

4/24 WNET, NYC–2:30am

4/24 KCTS-Seattle–12:00pm 

4/24 WHYY-Phila–1:00pm 

4/24 WDSC-Daytona, Fla–8:00pm 

4/25 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–11:00pm

4/26 CET-Cincinnati–7:00pm 

4/26 Utah Edu. Network, Salt Lake–8:00pm

4/28 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–3:00am 

4/28 KTEH, San Jose/San Francisco–midnight

4/29 KRWG, Las Cruces, NM–8:00pm

4/29 VermontPTV–10:00pm

4/29 KUAT Tucson–11:00pm

4/30 WGCU-Ft. Myers–8:00pm 

4/30 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–9:00pm

5/1 WXEL, Plyton Beach, FLA–1:00pm 

5/1 WHYY – Y Arts 12.2–10:00pm

5/7 WKOP, Knoxville, TN–9:00pm

5/16 WXEL, Plyton Beach, FLA–9:00pm

March, 2009 
4, Salem Film Festival, Salem, MA @ 7:45pm.

February, 2009 
24, 7pm. UMass-Boston. For more information contact Meagan at 617-287-6733.

16, @ 8pm. 7 Dudley Cinema at The Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, phone 310-450-6053, free admission. Screens with Lowell Blues: the words of Jack Kerouac.

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Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris is a poet, translator, essayist & anthologist who has published more than 50 books, most recently, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited & translated by Joris, and Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-between, essays on Joris’ work edited by Peter Cockelbergh, came out in 2012. Forthcoming are Barzakh — Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press) & Breathturn Into Timestead:The Collected Later Poems of Paul Celan (FSG).

Comment on “Henry Ferrini's POLIS IS THIS”

  1. this, Polis Is This, is one terrific piece… worth the bucks to buy/own/get/savor from Henry via his web-site

    as is his (Henry’s) Poem In Action
    re: Vincent

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