Neither the term cinépoetry nor the concept of cinematic poetry are new. The genre emerged from the creative community of French symbolist poets in the late nineteenth century. When the Lumiére brothers debuted their first film projections in Paris, poets like Stéphane Mallarmé were inspired to find ways to merge poetry and film in the same way that poetry, music, and dance had intersected.
Today, in the twenty-first century, cinépoetry has found new life in the digital realm, as desktop videographers and poets collaborate. Many of these creations have been posted on the internet. With fewer new poets getting their works published through traditional print publishers who no longer take risks on new poets, cinépoetry on the internet is helping those poetic voices be heard in the public sphere. Cinépoetry makes poetry accessible to a media-saturated society that has lost interest in poetry.
The invention of machinima,especially with the computer game The Movies, has made the medium of cinepoetry relatively easier due to the fact that anyone can make a cinepoem using the game, eliminating the need for cameras, actors, and money.