“The Great Realisation” - British Writer’s Pandemic Poem & Video Go Viral
By : Samia Badih
Source : Arts & Culture
When Tomos Roberts, a spoken word poet from London, wrote The Great Realisation and posted it in video form on social media, he didn't think it would go viral.
Nor did he imagine American actor Jake Gyllenhaal would approach him to potentially turn the poem into a book.
The work, which reimagines our post-pandemic world, is written in the form of a bed-time story that is being read to a child. Filmed at home with his younger brother and sister, the video has been viewed more than 18 million times across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram since it was posted last week.
The response has been overwhelming for the 26-year-old poet and filmmaker.
"I think the reason why millions of people are prepared to watch a video on Facebook or on YouTube, and react to it and engage with it, is because people are searching for some idea of what they could ... not be happy about now, but look forward to in the future," Roberts tells The National.
"I was quite shocked and surprised when I had a message on Instagram from Jake Gyllenhaal, who wanted to help me turn it into a children's book, so we're discussing that at the moment."