7 Poems for a New World

Fernando Mota

“7 Poems for a New World” is a collection of seven films inspired by the 2020 global pandemic, by our relationship with the planet and nature and by the research and creation of experimental musical instruments from trees and other natural materials. Each film is based on an original poem by a Portuguese author, based on his reflection on the quarantine and the future, a manifesto for a New World.

"If I exist, it will be as a playground of light.

That is the contagion."

in The Lack of a Stone

by Vasco Gato

"No goodness, no hope,

only lack of music,

security, police.    

There’s no love,

but where, if not here, is love?"

in The Great Catastrophe

by António Barahona

"When we were told to stay home, it was through these windows that we felt our

way through the universe:

So many houses like our house. So much fear, like our fear.

That’s when everything became landscape.."

in F(u)ture

by Joana Bértholo

"A husk and ornament could grow,

occupation of the whole image and careful

to let the discouraged ear open

a slow skiff in the soul –  

and like rain I bite

the warm leaves in prayer."

in Melancholia

by Andreia C. Faria

"we’re dealing then with the honorable task of sharing

secrets through ears bent to the dolmen’s lap          

& surviving almost everything

the day, the night, hell, winter"

in "no title"

by Marcos Foz

"For weeks, I only stared at

my branches. I convinced myself that I was

the only tree in the forest."

in Chlorophyll

by José Luís Peixoto

"Its ten thousand captains have the same face

The same dark belt the same rank and office

When one revolts, there are ten thousand rebels"

in The Ship of Mirrors

by Mário Cesariny