/ 12 April 2022

River of Murmurs

An Online Visual Mantra

Brave New Literatures Festival

river of murmurs

into    this    river    I     go    up    to    my    eyes

and here I glimpse

my    flowing


centering    circles       

thus    soul    outflows

abandons    body    to    release

steradian    potential

electrical    discharge

and    thus    it    is

when    I    find    myself    in    myself

self    by    self    only    I    flow         like    a    river

and my    eyes    see                              

broad    plains                        far as the visible

                                    to    the    world’s    end     I     am    all       

eyes    on    the    world’s    surface    flowing   


steradian    in    a    single    second

of the speed    of light

River of Murmurs → An Online Visual Mantra written & read by Martina Straková. From the poetry collection Postcards from Invisible Places (Ars Poetica Publishing House, Bratislava, 2019). https://www.martistrak.sk/

Cinematographer Martin Mandzák

Composer Erik Rothenstein https://erikrothenstein.com/en/home/

Voiceover recording & sound Jaroslav Rozsíval

Final sequence illustration Martina Straková

English translation John Minahane