“The Slow Train” (film and poem 2010)

THE SLOW TRAIN by Glenn Goring

Because the action moves so slowly we are given the opportunity to observe the characters as if under a microscope. We are able to scrutinize their actions and perhaps secretly wonder about their destinies. Using many layers of sound I have tried to create an atmosphere that reflects, in the words of the writer Tom Saunders, ‘…the deep strangeness of the day to day’.

(Best enjoyed at high volume.)

Under the signs
Of the old town
The train comes
At the allotted time
Its future
Encumbered with present
Soon past
On burnished lines

By greetings and farewells
The journey is measured
Travellers come and go
Uncounted footfall
Uncounted dreams
Who will ever know?

From “The Slow Train”
by Glenn Goring.

(featured on Youtube)


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