Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

Release date:

2000

Running time:

23 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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Available in Canada

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"I have these theories of simplicity-how can you convey a message with the least amount of words?"
     - Ralph Alfonso

Ralph Alfonso sets poetry in motion to jazz rhythms and beatnik inspired spoken-word performances. A truly inspiring artist, he has dedicated himself to all aspects of poetry, but especially to simple ideas about human nature, love, compassion and experience. In his own "little corner of the world," he creates poetry that evokes an emotional response from readers and listeners alike-a gift that has led to a guest appearance on Peter Gzoswki's "Morningside" and many popular live performances across Canada.

In this documentary, Patrick Jenkins transforms Ralph's poetry into fun-filled, colourful animation segments, interspersed with scenes from his film Vie de Nuit, live performances and interviews featuring Ralph, friends and fans.

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