A Review of the Short Film “Darkness, Light, Darkness” by Jan Svankmajer

Little stings like incompetence:
the knowledge
that my body, at the
peak of its faculties,
will give way;
and what I’ve learned with
age (if not posted in blogs)
will revert to vapour.

I acquire whilst nostalgic
for a
limbless state:
the safety of ignorance;
the freedom of naiveté;
dependence of infancy.
I acquire and
exchange, clinging to parabolae.
I acquire,

but the silo bursts.
The metal rusts.
The salt floods out
for ants and birds,
dissolving in the morning dew.

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~ by David Heslin on 12/09/2011.

One Response to “A Review of the Short Film “Darkness, Light, Darkness” by Jan Svankmajer”

  1. A possible reading of the titular short film, in which clay body parts in a tiny room construct themselves into a human being. At the conclusion, their mission is successful; and yet, the constructed man is too big for the room, and sits huddled in the foetal position.

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