The sounds in this video are computer-spoken lines of a villanelle composed of the human-transcribed sounds of non-human beings. Martin's work is about meaning: its persistence, the struggle for it, and the struggle against it. It's source text is John Bevis's Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds. The images are of certain apotropaic objects and images and other esoterica.


Martin Wakefield is a poet from London. His latest publication isZugunruhe, a collection of poetic texts, published by Hesterglock Press in November 2019.


Martin can be found on YouTube at, Instagram @martybabytram, and Twitter @martinwakefield.


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