Radio Carbon series #4

The film poem Radio Carbon was premiered at the Renoir cinema in 2009 as part of the wonderful Zata Banks’‘s regular screenings, and at Port Eliot Festival in 2010.

The complete 27-minute film comprises 24 numbered sections, and may be viewed as a sequence of separate, interlocking filmpoems with recurring motifs.

For this winter, I have broken up the film into 24 parts and will be posting them day by day as we approach the winter solstice, in the style of an advent calendar. Each one is between 45 and 90 seconds each. So start your day with a few drops of imagery …

Here is the fourth film poem, Time Slip


Time Slip
Ice forms at the edge of the epoch…
I see top coats and winter sun,
the old kingdom buckling the tarmac,
a breeze as light as crinoline,
winter gods rising from
the archaeological dig,
trailing clouds of dark matter.
Like the sun, time develops spots,
the shade of the willow attending
to its needlepoint. A crown of beech
burns against a western sky washed
blue by storms, the dark air clearing
to the far reaches of space, measures
beyond meanings you know are there.


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