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this edition of framework:afield has been produced in the uk by martin p. eccles. for more information see his website at producer’s notes:

The 42 walks of Contención Island

From the start of the UK’s lockdown, every day I walked from my house, for 20 minutes in any and all directions; I mapped my route and recorded my walking. My walking had made Contención Island (contención is containment in Esperanto – an international name for an international pandemic) – and the walking became exploration of my island. I walk until easing begins – 42 days. You hear sequential sections of the daily recordings that move – along the route of the daily walks – across the six weeks – along with lines from daily poems.

in the covid-19 pandemic         containment slows spread locked down for six weeks         take one period of exercise a day forty-five minutes of walking     walk in any and every direction walking while contained     walk on Contención Island         walking maps a fantastical island     listen to the walks         listen to six weeks    listen to forty-two days     listen to lockdown     walk in your imagination         the isle is full of noises     sounds and sweet airs     sounds drift     sounds carry     sounds flow     rivers of sound flow     one river runs its course     across the southern grasslands   to tumble into south haven     Contención’s distant thunder another joins it, in from the north     spating, roaring, seething along     a lost river crosses the island     to flow out by skerries in the south east    a lowland vale links south and north haven    at the mouth of north haven     church point, remote and peaceful       the north west peninsula is quiet     in the north west is convent shield     a refuge, where birds sing above the bench    walk a conjured coastline       by Oswald’s Bay – too exposed to offer safe mooring     by rocky bays between Saint Nicholas’ point and the Cow Head cliffs     back along the long dunes of the south     return, reverse, retrace     walk pace step stride     another day     walking on Contención Island

The full versions of the walks are all available at  along with the daily poem (a mesostic) and the emerging map of the island.

Stay safe and well in these strange times.

martin p. eccles, 2020.06

patrick 2020, framework:afield

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