12 Ocak, 2011

The Art of Droowing - Poet Video

Fam Magazine çerçevesinde sizlerle paylaştığım video sayısı heralde 200'ü geçmiştir. İçerik olarak birbirlerinden oldukça farklı olmalarına rağmen yine de birçoğunu bazı başlıklar altında toplayabiliyoruz. Ancak bu seferki videomuz daha önce benim de karşılaşmadığım türden. Bir şiir videosu. Billy Collins'in 1995'de yayınladığı "The Art of Droowing" adlı şiir kitabından aynı adı taşıyan bu eğlenceli ve metaforik şiir için Diego Maclean isimli yönetmen bir video hazırlamış. Şiiri ve videoyu aşağıda bulabilirsiniz. İçerik olarak oldukça farklı, umarım devamı gelir...

The Art of Drowning from Diego Maclean on Vimeo.

I wonder how it all got started, this business
about seeing your life flash before your eyes
while you drown, as if panic, or the act of submergence,
could startle time into such compression, crushing
decades in the vice of your desperate, final seconds.

After falling off a steamship or being swept away
in a rush of floodwaters, wouldn't you hope
for a more leisurely review, an invisible hand
turning the pages of an album of photographs-
you up on a pony or blowing out candles in a conic hat.

How about a short animated film, a slide presentation?
Your life expressed in an essay, or in one model photograph?
Wouldn't any form be better than this sudden flash?
Your whole existence going off in your face
in an eyebrow-singeing explosion of biography-
nothing like the three large volumes you envisioned.

Survivors would have us believe in a brilliance
here, some bolt of truth forking across the water,
an ultimate Light before all the lights go out,
dawning on you with all its megalithic tonnage.
But if something does flash before your eyes
as you go under, it will probably be a fish,

a quick blur of curved silver darting away,
having nothing to do with your life or your death.
The tide will take you, or the lake will accept it all
as you sink toward the weedy disarray of the bottom,
leaving behind what you have already forgotten,
the surface, now overrun with the high travel of clouds

Billy Collins

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