Radio Carbon shorts #15

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 fifteenth film poem, Wild Root



Wild Root


My own history’s south of here,

Killarney and Tralee, the Quinns

and the Hurleys, the Hurleys

on the quay at Cork. One tosses

a coin, heads for America, tails

for Britain, Merthyr, mines,

munitions, Brum, the children’s

home and me. I walk the length

of sand north of the Burren,

its lunar wake of a landscape

radiating a light I knew was there

before I knew. I stop to smell the air,

ancestral breathing. The famous

dolmen made new.


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