Radio Carbon shorts #21

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 twenty first film poem, Afterburn


Smoking underneath
the apple tree heavy with
smoke and blue blossom,
whistling an old tune
to bring the dogs home,
and here they come
along the unpaved road,
the sagging fall to earth
of wild and distant fruits
fermenting the mind,
alcoholic sugars rolling
around the bell of your tongue.
It’s January in East Berlin,
sky filled with Zeppelin
and space dust, the passage
of cumulus and cuineform
setting the clocks back
to basics: first clearing,
signal and spark, pigment in
a bowl ready to run into depth
and distance, pubescent dancers
breaking step from Eden into
settlement, accumulation, account.


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