Ivon Iraravavich, A life in poetry, chapter 2

In 1881, at the tender age of ten, Ivon was invited to read from his second collection of poems, ‘Prosím, nechte Chodba Light On’ (Please Leave the Hallway Light On), at the celebrated West Dorset biennial, in Buckland Rippers.

It was here, in a whirlwind romance, that he met and married the Russian playwright, Imelda Derevistoc. Although Imelda was forty-two years his senior, the couple moved into a flat in central Birmingham and within a year had two additions to the household, by way of twin boys, Excelsior and Travis.

The couple became writing partners and in 1883, wrote, funded, produced, directed, filmed, starred in, did the music for, promoted and showed in their own travelling cinema, the film ‘When It Is On My Hand je to dobrý pocit’ (When It Is On My Hand It Feels Good).

The following is an extract from Ivon’s comments on the leaflet, of the pamphlet, of the guide, of the brochure, of the book, of the manuscript, of the play, of the film.

“When you see a thing that is visually abhorrent, you do not turn away and look for beauty; you stand and stare, in order to taste the flavour of the rancid vision, and to lick the face of that, which it is, that you are staring at. That is not what the film was about. The film has nothing to do with my previous statement, and all that has been said should be disregarded immediately.”

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