‘Dusk, Lindisfarne’ – paintings and poetry

Dusk, Lindisfarne is the third in a three-part series of videos showing a collaboration between myself and poet, Jennifer L Williams.

This is a beautifully moody poetry reading and interpretation of the painting Dusk, Lindisfarne. (I think the most abstract of the three poems, so my interpretation is subjective). As always, Jennifer captures the feel of the painting – the sense of leaving an island – ”When the end of land approaches’, leaving an imagined haven – ‘the brush rushes to blend the dream’s receding story of belief’, and an ominous mood evoked by an imagined ‘cormorant’s wasted flesh’, whose feathers become receding clouds.

She draws attention to the sea (in this painting the least obvious part of the composition) – ‘in the teeth of winds’ which to me evokes something of holding onto this island haven, before returning again to measured everyday life – ‘we trade in hours’.

I’d hoped to post all 12 of the Lindisfarne paintings today, but I’m currently awaiting scans of all the paintings, which I’ll hopefully post here tomorrow..

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