|Malcolm King||Muriel Bérard|
The texts for Daryl Runswick's Island (2002) were selected by John Rath from a remarkable series of poems, Going to the Island by Miriam Scott (Spout Publications, The Word Hoard, 2000). The island in question is the tiny Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) off the coast of North West Wales, long known as 'the island of 20,000 saints'. From the sixth century it was a place of retreat with a
[ 1 ] The Making of the Island
On the edge of a continent,
There are no people yet,
Will the Island rise around me shining, red living roots
[ 2 ] Going to the Island
In the soft noon light, the boat rounds the end of the Island.
Many drowned to risk that hazardous crossing, to arrive,
A small cove with a jetty of old rock. A white beach.
[ 3 ] The True Face of the Island
Seals stood in the water, watching. Their souls looked out of their eyes.
We were on a towering cliff.
"I stuck that knife into a seal, he escaped with it into the water"'
"That seal was my father."
I closed up the lips of his wound with the hands that had given it.
[ 4 ] Departure
So seasons change, ferociously. A recurring dream brought you here.
Brace yourself on rock like the prow of a ship
You go back to where you live, uncertain, inspired. You forget.
Far away, unknowing, you feel that pull in the dark,
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Recorded at Blackheath Concert Halls, London, 2006.
Engineer Kit Venables. Produced by Daryl Runswick.
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