Radio Carbon shorts #9

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 ninth film poem, Orienteering



Put this shell from the coast of Clare
to your ear; the sound is like a parachute
opening, monkeys in the canopy
bailing out from freefall. You take
what you carry and follow the signal
back to source, feet to the fire, tuning the dial
to slash and burn, to have and to hold,
what is tangible in this world,
the air black with bird gods, wind spirits
clouding in a bell jar, vapours of the
dreaming mind tuned to the faintest signal
wandering like a pioneer’s route, black ink
soaking the paper and gold through the roof,
the sleeping mind’s sodium geometry.


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