Timothy Richardson's work has impressed some of the finest poets of the 20th century including former U.S. Poet Laureate, Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize winners James Merrill and Anthony Hecht, Guggenheim fellow and MacArthur recipient, Rosanna Warren and Nobel Laureate, Joseph Brodsky among others.
Some of Richardson's poems have been published by "The Partisan Review" and other publications, but most of the poetry in his intensely visual collection, "Afflicted Love" have led to films: eight complete and two in progress. His unique seminar centering on his sonnet cycle, "Laurels", (a Crown of Sonnets based on Michelangelo's fresco, "The Last Judgment") inspired a unique film about the work which will soon be available on the Internet.
The film, also called "Laurels", merges Renaissance art with digital technology. It uses film as a visual metaphor for poetry and the art that inspired it. Laurels takes viewers on a multi-media journey into two works of art and, in the process, breaks down barriers to their enjoyment and appreciation. In its endorsement, Maine Public Broadcasting said the film; "enlightens and expands the horizons of our viewers".
"The Force of Poetry" captures a Richardson poetry reading and presentation on the meaning, mechanics and significance of poetry. Digital technology is employed to convey traditional and complex poetic forms as they are explained. In its endorsement, Maine Public Broadcasting said; "The effect is to inject life and heartbeat into what is often thought of as an inert, hard-to-read art form, and the result is both educational and entertaining. "The Force of Poetry is available at https://www.createspace.com/260202.
A taped presentation about Richardson's epic poem on the inner life of Abraham Lincoln , "Mandala", has been shown on cable channels. Short films of single poems are available on internet sites with a CD of poetry readings by the actor Jeff Flint in progress.