The Whole Speaks

The Whole Speaks
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Caroline Rumley, film-maker, USA
Nelms Creekmur, writer, USA


An impression of Nelms Creekmur, an Atlanta-based modern-day blacksmith and wordsmith, and a look at the creative process.


Neil hammered all day long.
An adrenaline high like he had never before known sourced through his blood vessels and swirled round and round in his brain.
And pumped through his heart and arteries and into his veins.
His eyes were bright and his whole body radiated new strength.
And as he hammered, his mind went farther and farther into the world of form and shape.
The hammer follows the eye. The eye follows the hammer.
Graceful curves and lines stretch and grow while scrolls swirl and open like the cross sections of sea shells.
But be careful. A twist can be too tight, and a curve can bend too high, and suddenly the whole no longer speaks.
Toss the piece back into the forge, and bring it out bright orange, and you can start again.
Loosen the twist, lower the bend, and the whole speaks again.
The eye commands the hand. The hand commands the hammer. The hammer commands the metal. And the hammer commands the eye.


Indie Cork - Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition, Ireland, October 2018.
Atlanta Film Festival, USA, April 2018.


Atticus Review, USA, January 2019.
Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, USA, July 2018.


Caroline Rumley is a filmmaker and visual artist working primarily with moving images. She combines solo-shot film, found and archival footage, text, and sound to process a public or personal experience. Her films have screened at venues internationally including Anti-Matter, Haverhill, the Zebra, Indie Cork Ó Bhéal, Juteback Poetry Film Festivals, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Houston Center for Photography, and Sundance. She works in Atlanta, where she lives with her family.

Nelms Creekmur is a writer and blacksmith who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He spends his days making art out of found railroad ties, crafting them into useful and ruggedly beautiful items. When he is not pounding metal on an anvil, he can be found pounding the keys of an old school typewriter, telling tales of what it is like to create something out of nothing.
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.