video montage created in the Transart Institute 1-day film essay workshop, Double Lens, taught by Anna Faroqhi. Ana Faroqhi, daughter of the prolific film essayist, Harun Faroqhi, generously instructed our class despite her father passing away the week before...Each student was given a line from the German Expressionist poet, Jakob van Hoddis's piece "In the Morning". Our assignment was to film a 30 second to three minute clip which was edited together by our instructor at the end of the day. Some lines are missing due to absences and other lines have been slightly altered to suit the artist. My line was, "Into the tender green of the trees."
In the Morning
A strong wind sprang upwards,
Opens the bloody gates of iron heaven,
Beats on the towers.
Brightly ringing loud and sinuous over the brazen plane of the city.
The sooty morning sun. Thundering trains on dams.
Golden angel-ploughs plow through the clouds.
Strong wind over the pale city.
Steamboats and cranes awaken by the dirty, flowing stream.
The bells of the weathered cathedral beat sullenly.
You see many women and girls going to work.
In the pale light. Wild from the night. Their skirts flutter.
Limbs made for love.
Into the machine and tedious labor.
Look into the tender light.
Into the tender green of the trees.
Listen! The sparrow is crying out.
And outside, in the wild fields,
larks are singing.