Radio Carbon shorts #17

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 seventeenth film poem, Suspension



Thumb pressure, the hand
pressure between father
and son set in their own
gyroscopes, testing the
atmosphere. Let’s leave
them together there,
gesturing in their space suits,
filling a void with good liquor.
Tiny fish shine and flicker
from the nib of your pen
as you write this out of
your labyrinth. You choice
of ink is analogous to the depth
of the water you’re in.


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