The award-winning PBS series for which this video was created, by Bob Holman and Josh Blum, aired in 1995. Here, Dove ruminates on the rural/industrial qualities of silos—over a beautifully photographed montage of these strange, architectural containers.
"Silos" appears in Dove's collection Grace Notes (W. W. Norton, 1991).
we need to talk money. to understand the current currency of our time.
The initial image that appears—before cutting to Coleman's poetic/mock infomercial—is the conceptual artist Barbara Kruger's poster We Get Exploded Because They’ve Got Money and God in Their Pockets (1984). Coleman offers a similar critique, reframing her call to action via the visual cues of advertising. Featured in the PBS Documentary The United States of Poetry, Wanda Coleman's poem parodies the medium on which it was originally aired.
"Talk About the Money" appears in her collection Hand Dance (David R. Godine Publisher, 1993).