Heres a virtual movie of A S J Tessimond. [1902 - 1962] reading his exquisite,elegant poem. "Stars may fall in one's hand" This charming little poem was probably written around the late 1930's early 1940's when Tessimond was most productive,later in life depression was to blight his creativity. The poem makes the simple ;point that when we are in the company of our
loved ones the world seems a better kinder place.
There isnt a great deal of information available on the internet about this very talented and very much neglected poet. Tessimond was a somewhat tragic figure it seems, a lifelong bachelor who loved the wrong sort of girls, mostly unrequitedly. Towards the end, he struggled with mental illness and received electrotherapy. He died at the age of only 60, his body undiscovered at his flat for two days.
Arthur Seymour John Tessimond (Birkenhead, July 19, 1902 - Chelsea, London May 13, 1962) was an English poet.
He went to Charterhouse School, but ran away at age 16. After studying at Liverpool University, he moved to London where he worked in bookshops, and also as a copywriter.
After avoiding military service in World War II, he later discovered he was unfit for service.
An eccentric and an Imagist, Tessimond wrote astute, elegant, urban poetry. He suffered from bipolar disorder, and received electro-convulsive therapy.
He first began to publish in the 1920s in literary magazines. He was to see three volumes of poetry were published during his life: Walls of Glass in 1934, Voices in a Giant City in 1947 and Selections in 1958. He contributed several poems to a 1952 edition of Bewick's Birds.
He died in 1962 from a brain haemorrhage.
In the mid-1970s he was the subject of a radio programme entitled Portrait of a Romantic. This, together with the publication of the posthumous selection Not Love Perhaps in 1972, increased interest in his work; and his poetry subsequently appeared in school books and anthologies.
A 1985 anthology of his work The Collected Poems of A. S. J. Tessimond, edited by Hubert Nicholson, contains previously unpublished works.
In 2010 a new collected poems, based closely on Nicholson's edition, was published by Bloodaxe Books.
In April 2010 an entire edition of the BBC Radio 4 regular half-hour poetry strand was committed solely to Tessimond.
All rights are reserved on this video recording copyright Jim Clark 2012
*Stars may fall in one's hand*................
When you are with me, I, who am all too sane, am a
Through you I see colours where yesterday were grey,
black, white, and tomorrow perhaps grey, black, white
will be again.
Your eyes reflect impossible towns, trees, flowers,
inconcievable lights and faces.
Your voice holds incredible echoes of unlikely words.
Design: Alessandra Boeri
Animation: Alessandra Boeri, Garth Vickers
Sound: Craig Smith
Produced at Scorch London
The agency VCCP challenged us with a very unique brief for bipolar disorder. Given the sensitivity of the subject matter in hand, we decided to pursue a hand-drawn style in combination with digital 2D and 3D animation. The unique rendered style conveys through the lead characters physical interaction with her environment how the disorder makes her feel: like the weight of the world is on her shoulders. This results in pavements cracking as she walks and the landscape itself buckling under the ‘weight’ that the disorder places upon her everyday existence.