Poems for Mt. Eerie

by nmtoomey

I’m really digging ghost collaborations. I like the idea of collaborating with artists whenever and however you like, even without them knowing. This makes me feel like the lines between the dream worlds and waking worlds are thin, malleable, accessible. The art created in this strange, generative sphere, echo this in-between realm, the half dream. The dream dream. I like thinking about this so much. For this project,  I used an incredible, non narrative book of photography by Phil Elvrum as a backdrop for my writing. I wanted to insert something very personal, and narrative into the images, a version of a story. I cut up lyrics from the entire album, CLEAR MOON, to construct my own, personal poem, one that feels eerie and honest. My dream was for the ghosts in my writing to connect to the ghosts in each image.

These stills are from a live video project I did a few weeks ago to culminate this version of the collaboration. The images were projected, and I improvised flipping the pages, finding the “right place” for the text. There was also a sound component. Waves and walking through the redwoods and beaches of the pacific northwest.

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