Endlings, a poem by Angela France

Written by Angela France.
Poetry film by Helen Dewbery

For this poetry film I researched Thylacines, passenger pigeons, tattered butterflies, and Laughing Owls. I laid down in a field in Wiltshire imagining I was looking at ‘the Forest Thrush, circle the sky/possessed/by an older, greater need and scarred/by hope’, I can’t describe this experience to you exactly, but I still feel it. The result in the film was a complex system of delicate overlays that see through the generations, that lose and gain hope, that ‘weeps for the want of an ark’.

‘Endlings’ is a poem written and read by Angela France, from her Nine Arches Press poetry collection, Terminarchy (2021).