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Fri 21 May 2004

A life of death

Category : lit

I saw mere seconds of "A Life of Death" on Arts Central TV12 on Thursday night, and it was poignant. I was busy on my iBook and my heard turned at the sentiment of the words. I listen enthralled but was listening to only the last few words. Oh, what had I missed?

Thankfully the poem by Donald Westlake is available on daughter/director Dawn Wetslake's webpage. I can remember her father's voice in this film that she made and will recall his voice as I read the A Life of Death.

I hope her 8 minute feature will be repeated on Arts Central - I subscribed to their reminders to be sure. Meanwhile, in a reply to an email I sent her, Dawn reveals that TV12 also acquired another work of hers, Dottie: The little girl with the big voice. It won an award for animation in no less than Japan and her work seems well received in many film festivals she participates in - so there are plenty of feathers in her cap.

Donald Wetlake was an established materials scientist who turned to poetry (amongst other things) later in life. He published Elburn: Forty-Four Miles to Chicago in 1989. He even had a street named after him!

Oddly enough, on Channel 5, Black Eyed Peas surprised me with the lyrics of their song, Where is the Love.

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