My Mother’s House explores death, grief and memories as a Minecraft poem

[This Guardian article highlights a very creative use of Minecraft by a poet and visual artist. Minecraft provides the vehicle for an exploration the house of the mother of poet, Virginia Bennett. We hear the poem and see the word flash on the screen providing a very moving story.]

by Stuart Dredge, August 11, 2015

Poet Victoria Bennett and digital artist Adam Clarke’s ‘poem-world’ shows popular video game as a platform for art and expression


My Mother’s House is a poem-world delivered as a Minecraft map

My Mother’s House is the most moving poem I’ve ever played. It’s the work of poet Victoria Bennett, inspired by her experience caring for her terminally-ill mother, and reliving some of the shared memories in her home.

As I explored it, the poem brought back my recent memories of helping my own mother clear out my late grandfather’s house, remembering and sometimes learning for the first time about different aspects of his life.

One thought on “My Mother’s House explores death, grief and memories as a Minecraft poem

  1. This representation of Victoria Bennett’s poem, “My Mother’s House,” using Minecraft strikes an incredible chord that I also recommend for your viewing. Its novel heart-touch, delivered so quietly with a reverence of artistic beauty via this phenomenal digital format, interprets grief and triggers connections of experiences around death, a sure passage of every life.

    As an educator, I definitely also recognize ways of teaching with Minecraft, as suggested by blogger Stuart Dredge of The Guardian (Tuesday, August 11, 2015) and so… the article accompanying the video is a MUST READ! Using a tool like this to combine stories with screen time showcases a best and inclusive practice. When shared through relationships in another form of play, it can engage and teach.

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