A There and Then and Never Again Quality: Filaments of Margaret Tait

by Ivana Miloš

Have we missed out if we have not seen the work of Margaret Tait, poet and gracious film maker? Perhaps not if we have known silence, solace and questioning, an immediacy springing from the body into and with the world. And then again, the answer is nevertheless yes. The bright beacon of light shed on movement that unfolds in her work is a mystery and a mastery, the searchlight of an independent soul. Throughout her life, Margaret Tait remained on the verges and fringes of all things commercial or institutional when it came to her films (of thirty-two, twenty-nine were self-produced), and therefore on the edges of the perception of others.

The Film Poems Series 1-4 (1999-2003) – and a few thoughts.

by Peter Todd

‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.’
(William Blake. Auguries of Innocence.)

‘Then sing your song without me: I shall sing
Alone. But if by accident you hear,
Listen. – In every song of loss or Spring
Are overtones for the familiar ear.’
(Margaret Tait. One is One.)

Sandra Lahire

By Sarah Turner, Lis Rhodes and Sarah Pucill
republished with kind permission from Vertigo Volume 2 | Issue 2 | Spring 2002

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Sandra Lahire 19 November 1950 – 27 July 2001 in Memoriam

By Sarah Turner

You kept laughing

So did you

But it wasn’t funny

Then why were you laughing?

I was laughing ‘cos you were laughing

But it wasn’t funny

No, but you kept making me laugh


So why were you laughing?

Because she looked like a Bridget Riley painting with egg on it

Loneliest in a lonely sea: ENOCH ARDEN von D.W. Griffith

von Patrick Holzapfel

Annie, the ship I sail in passes here
(He named the day) get you a seaman’s glass,
Spy out my face, and laugh at all your fears.’

In Enoch Arden geht es um Annie, Enoch und Philip. Die beiden Männer lieben Annie. Sie wählt Enoch. Als es der Familie schlechter geht, entscheidet sich Enoch an einer Schiffsexpedition nach China teilzunehmen. Auf der Reise verunglückt sein Schiff und er strandet auf einer verlassenen Insel, wo er Jahre wartet. Annie beugt sich in der Zwischenzeit den zärtlichen Avancen von Philip und er nimmt die Vaterrolle an und ersetzt Enoch. Nach Jahren kehrt Enoch doch zurück und findet seine Frau und seine Kinder in einem neuen Familienglück. Er wagt es nicht, den wiedergewonnen Frieden seiner Annie zu zerstören, schleicht sich davon und stirbt schließlich.