Radio Carbon shorts #24

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 fourth and final film poem, Midwinter Fire

Midwinter Fire

Midwinter Fire burns in
the bushes as I walk with
my daughter Natasha
through fragile blue
and skeins of snow.
So the foetus dreams
twenty four seven
in mother’s womb,
images of heaven
blown across
the back of the cave,
bull, stag, reindeer, horse
running in the mind,
sticky with clay,
dilated awakening,
russet of winter willow
over deep water
looped with the flicker
of the sun’s cascade,
white explosions
of light and cruel air,
the play of thread
between words
and the things
beyond words.



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