I saw a marvellous installation recently at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne. Philip Worthington's Shadow Monsters. This incredible exhibit manipulates one's silhouette, adding fairy tale/Brothers Grimm-like embellishments to arms, legs and heads. It reminded me of the tradition of oral story telling, long before the written word, mentioned in Jan Hirshfield's Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. The shadow effects made me think of silhouetted figures recounting tales, the speaker's form flickering in the firelight - taking on phantom shapes in the imagination of the watcher/listener. A must-see/do if you are in Melbourne.
For readers of my free monthly newsletter - since hitting 'send' yesterday I found this terrific poem in the book I mention in the newsletter Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jan Hirshfield. The poem evokes for me what Philip Worthington's Shadow Monsters does, that sitting around a fire, listening and watching. The poem is by ninth-century poet Kukai and is translated, I believe, by Jan Hirshfield.
Singing Image of Fire
A hand moves, and the fire's whirling takes different shapes,
Triangles, squares: all things change when we do.
The first word, "Ah," blossomed into all others.
Each of them is true.
Photo credit: Philip Worthington. www.dreamtheend.com
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Clare grew up in Constable Country not far from East Trimley where Kate Summers and Detective Vicky Allard solve their local mysteries and where The Bellamy Bird is set. Clare lived for many years on a street in Manhattan just like the street where Bella and Felix live although she was never chased through Central Park at night by a couple of failed fashion-world gangsters. Clare now lives on a high cliff next to a lighthouse in Australia where she plots and writes with her faithful chocolate labrador by her side.
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