Radio Carbon series #6

The film poem Radio Carbon was premiered at the Renoir cinema in 2009 as part of the wonderful Zata Banks’ Poetryfilm.org‘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 Sixth film poem, Pastoralists

 

Pastoralists

Overnight, flood waters
rose to whispering
distance, the wet slap
of dream voices, first words
forming like coral,
fruitfall in the orchards
of the Magdalenian world,
high grasses and wild
winds burning through
the spectrum to where
they lie as man and wife,
pastoralists, their bodies
not whole until melted
together and fired like clay.

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