|"Eyes of a wolf" by Tina Harvey|
"The mind I love must have wild places."
While the Ditty of the Month Club keeps me fairly busy these days, sometimes you get an invitation that you just can't refuse. Today I'm "going wild" at the behest of Irene Latham. Irene is celebrating ten years of blogging at Live Your Poem with a roundup of posts—poems, pictures, stories, thoughts—on the theme of WILD, her one little word for 2015.
For my own celebratory post, I thought it might be fun to return to a Today's Little Ditty feature that I began when I was new to blogging, but have since gotten away from...
For me, "poetry in action" is any combination of artistic media that demonstrates a shared human experience— creative expressions like music, visual art, and dance that live and breathe in tandem with the written word.
One of the best forums for poetry in action is video. In the past, I've shared music videos by singer-songwriters Diane Birch, Ingrid Michaelson, and Gotye, who I first discovered when I lived in Australia. Today I'm returning to my time down under to bring you another Aussie singer-songwriter by the name of Sarah Blasko.
(AllMusic). With a voice that is both haunting and vulnerable, I think that description suits her quite well.
The selection I've chosen for today is a piece called "No Turning Back" from her third album, As Day Follows Night. Backed by a primal driving beat, the lyrics begin:
I was involved,(Read the lyrics in their entirety here.)
Willing or not,
Born in the spark of an eye.
A city on fire,
Is out of control,
I put it down to the match.
But despite this wildfire beginning, "No Turning Back," and most of the songs on this album, are fundamentally about being caught in a love triangle. What really makes this video "wild" are not the restless lyrics or the raw emotion, so much as the illustrations and concept by Celeste Potter. (Find more of Celeste Potter's animation/video projects here.)
Don't you just love the imagination and wild wanderings? But there's one other reason I chose to share this particular video— because it reminds me of Irene. I can't say that I know why, exactly, but I imagine it has something to do with her adventurous spirit.
There's no turning back, Irene.
I look forward to watching your career carry on like poetry in action.