Siren Song by Margaret Atwood

A new videopoem by Belgian artist and composer Swoon. According to the notes at his blog, he first composed the music and found film images to match, then decided to add the poem:

I took some time working on a piece of music (first hunted, frightened. Melancholic other) with matching images.
Memories of what never was. The attraction between man and woman. A farewell. The impossibility of things undone.
A rabbit.

Somehow the words of Atwood gave the necessary lightness (counterweight) and they added an extra layer.

(Thus, at any rate, Google Translate.) Who knew a pet rabbit could be capable of such gravitas?


  1. Reply
    Yahia Lababidi 20 February, 2011

    Swoon, indeed. The layering of words, images and music is first-rate and hypnotic. It all plays on the nerves like a hallucination: moody and atmospheric. Words fail to describe this sensory feast.
    Thank You.

  2. Reply
    Dave Bonta 20 February, 2011

    I have one more of his in the queue (that’ll make the fourth here) and he’s actively making more, I think, so stay tuned!

  3. Reply
    Swoon 20 February, 2011

    Thank you for the kind words.
    I’m happy my efforts can reach somebody.

    Keep on spreading the word, cause it’s hard to reach people ‘out there’

  4. Reply
    Yahia Lababidi 20 February, 2011

    Dave & Swoon: I also enjoyed the Plath posted here -again, that masterfully dense weave- and am sharing his work. I look forward to more of these marvelous tapestries.

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