Radio Carbon shorts #20

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 twentieth film poem, Vapour

 

Vapour

The passage of time
had been broken,
as if a hidden drawer
in a traveller’s chest had
been sprung open
releasing perfumed
scent of an older order,
tiny stitching for a faded
empire, sinking through
solid matter as if it
was vapour, the hard facts
frosting on the glass.
This sky looks cursed.
Sleep sets you like a glaze.

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