Saturday, February 23, 2008

Still from The White Balloon
Mikio Naruse
These two films share a similar sensibility in their approach to childhood. Narratives about childhood, whether by Marcel Proust or by the two directors of The Approach of Autumn and The White Balloon, test us as adults.Memories of childhood are rich and we relate to the world of children with, if you will, a suspension of adultness. Or rather we shift perspectives more readily than when our protagonists are adults only.

Both films deal with the vulnerability that is possibly childhood's core; the need for children to find care and love. Both films end on a similar note, a sad note, a sense that the children have been betrayed by the selfish and apathetic world created by adults.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


time to move with the questions
they flow from the heart to the mouth you know
and out into the cobwebs of communicating
dust they get dusted knuckle-dusted too

questions are reality in action
our habitations alter without cease
the chief of this region is the sun
and its puppets the planets it whips around

i'm hungry
where can i get food?
the organ is not spirit
and the spirit too
may need questions
to clarify the position its in
it loses its body
oh shit
where's my body
oh shit it's down there
oh shit i must be dead

did i ask enough questions
i'm still asking them
oh shit
how's that?