Radio Carbon shorts #18

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 eighteenth film poem, Astrolabe


You’re moving in cuneiform,
breathing in bubbles. The water here
is the measure of time distilled
by muse and memory, rockfalls from
a fogged past laying down the bass line
to the tip of your tongue where it
probes your lover’s labia minora,
shades of softest pencil lead,
clothes shed about you as you
fuck on top of Longerford Tor
on midsummer’s day, fern patterns
in mackerel skies, spunk and love juice
spotting the granite like starlight
on the dark side of the planet.


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