The Composer's Notes

The Composer's Notes
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Brendan Bonsack, film-maker, writer, Australia


A short poetry film exploring a composer's ruminations on life. The Composer's Notes blends spoken word, abstract sound, and glimpses of the world through a black and white lens, to conjure a mysterious portrait of a racing mind. Filmed on location in Melbourne, Australia, with some found footage of ovine terrestrials.


Everything creaks in this world
My children rode on my shoulders
Before I was born
Their new finger whorls
In the furrows of my brow
And I was born with this feeling
Collapsed shoulders passed by bone
Lungs flowered like palms at a stream
Waiting for the air to come
In this world
Everything creaks
Grass grinds against the breeze
Springs of clothes pegs clutch at threads
Shedding rust in flecks
The dance of it, the dance
The coarse minuet
The bone keys and old grain
Pass the tune in pieces
The hands splay like water
Pushed into the path of reeds
And I was born with this feeling
The quavers' round shoulders
Silent as the page before fingers
Lest you listen
For everything creaks.

Brendan Bonsack
Brendan Bonsack by John Englezos


Brendan Bonsack's poetry has featured in Melbourne's White Night festival, and Poland's UNESCO Poems on the Walls project. He was a commissioned public transport poet in the 2016 MoreArt festival, and shortlisted for the XYZ Prize for Spoken Word at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival. Brendan was feature poet at La Mama Poetica, and support US touring poet, Madison Mae Parker. He is author of ten books of poetry, including collaborations with international writers. Brendan is a presence on Melbourne radio 3CR, for a weekly arts program dedicated to poetry and performance. His poetry and music is available at
For their contributions, advice and assistance, thanks to:
Alison Pridham, Aljaž Koprivnikar, Ari Raijas, Bill Mousoulis, Brendan Bonsack, Brian Short, Bronwen Manger, Caroline Rumley, Charles Olsen, Chris Luscri, Chris Windmill, Claudia Larose-Bell, Darko Duilo, Dave Bonta, David Quiles Guilló, Eduardo Yagüe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Francesca Guiliani, Gemma Grist, Helen Dewbery, Ian Gibbins, Ivana Bojanić, Jackson, Jane Glennie, Jim Robson, Karen Dawson, Kathryn Darnell, James Meetze, Lino Mocerino, Liran Shachar, Lois P. Jones, Lori Ersolmaz, Lucia Sellars, Lucy English, Luigi Starace, Maria Vella, Marc Neys, Martin Kelly, Matt Hetherington, Matt Mullins, Mike Hoolboom, Nigel Wells, Pam Falkenberg, Paul Casey, R.W. Perkins, Sissy Doutsiou, Sylvia Toy St Louis, Vicky Mousoulis, the film-makers, writers and their collaborators.