I’m in the midst of a year-long project to create 17, one minute-long video poems from poet Catherine Owen’s rich and elliptical work The River System for Vancouver Review Media. If Italo Calvino had been female, from the west coast of BC, a bass player in a doom metal band, and had been thinking of the Fraser River instead of Venice while writing Invisible Cities, it might provide some sense of where this project is going. Always and never about the actual place. Many of the imaginary channels are internal. Unseen. Perhaps unrecognized.
We are improvising this as time allows. We both have many streams of work occupying our days and affecting our schedules. The seasons change. The river changes … and we change as we go. A perfectly imperfect way to proceed.
This image was taken through the lens while filming Catherine afloat in the river. It is now the main still for use on social media for advertising the series. The poems will be released piece by piece at irregular intervals in the months ahead on the Vancouver Review Media site. It’s hard to categorize this image for the purpose of the blog but that’s true to the nature of the project.