Visit to Bernadette Mayer’s Childhood Home (2020)

“Visit to Bernadette Mayer’s Childhood Home” by Lynne Sachs 3 min. 16mm b&w, sound, 2020

Text from “Memory” by Bernadette Mayer published by Siglio Press, 2020 – used by permission in conjunction with Poet’s House celebration of book.

Filmed at Bernadette Mayer’s childhood home, Ridgewood, Queens, New York

In July, 1971, language poet Bernadette Mayer made Memory, a multimedia project in which she produced over 1,100 photographs and 200 pages of text. In 2020, Siglio Press brought her photos and her writing together for the first time in book form. In conjunction with Siglio, Poets House presented “Language is a Temptation” by inviting 31 poets to read from the work each day during the month of July, 2020. New York filmmaker and poet Lynne Sachs took this spark and ran with it …. all the way to Mayer’s childhood home in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“It reminds me of the Cornell film Centuries of June where he got the young Stan Brakhage to come out to Queens and film. It is totally flowing in the style of Bernadette — the watch faces, the people passing on the sidewalk, the man with the long hair and headband, the black chain, the doorknob …. the leaves.” – Lee Ann Brown, Editrix, Tender Buttons Press