Video / 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).

Cinematographer Martin Mandzák

Composer Erik Rothenstein

Voiceover recording & sound Jaroslav Rozsíval

Final sequence illustration Martina Straková

English translation John Minahane