Radio Carbon shorts #22

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 second film poem, First Words


First words

like spring flowers
coaxed from their centre,
the roof of the mouth
is that point two inches
below the navel where
humanity dukes it out
with God’s geometry
fastening to your face
before sleep, heavy
feathered images
frosting to the mind’s eye,
the rock n roll beat
of the bicameral mind…
hard to remember
learning the lingo,
foundations sunk
through centuries
of matter to the
lower interglacial,
cold explosion
of air in the lungs,
words pinned
to the impenetrable
like a veteran’s medal.
This train is being held
at a red signal.


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