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a temporal history of Annemarie Murland's practice of visuality
He loves her with dark eyes. She knows that in the fractured frame of a door closed shut, where rests her skin, homage to a life long lost lies flat
Selkie mistress meditates silent vespers towards the gentile island whose gaze is wide so that she cannot swim over. And as sunlit ice breaks over waters edge her eyes caste downward. Her season has arrived. Close to the lips of wake, she sighs; Atlantis no more,
echo’s her coainadh
Lamenting loss sounds crossover the Minch as dark eyes dart beneath surfaces wet, in faith they tell nothing of loss
In the silence of the abyss, where she waits,
the dulce music plays as she is called to mate
Bodhran beats of waves gently lap against her skin, where docking love leaves her bare and open like the Minch that separates her from her ain
Swollen she rises to dive beneath waters dark to penetrate pillows of pleasure.
Bottomless and waterlogged she wavers for her centre the sea, as rank smells fill the air and her waters petrify both stone and heart to her place in memory where in still silence she strokes her hide in mortal sleep
In drowning love, detritus, shame recovers in the sunken salt water of mother’s tears that flow freely down skint pelt that hangs beyond fractured door, unopened
Beyond season she arrives where it all began, the Minch
Her love lays wide and deep across far sea to sounds without comfort
Delivered, her freedom is wet as new born sounds
attached to her mother tongue she enters the waters edge where the blue swell calls her to the sea
and her coainadh wakes
Dr Annemarie Murland
Coainadh: Keening: A Gaelic term to describe loss through a lament.
Minch: A stretch of water, Scottish term.
Bodhran: A traditional Celtic Drum
Ain: Belonging to her
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