Mother Lode (Live Rust)
August 2015, I wrote the poem Live Rust in response to the estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water and sludge that flowed from Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado to Cement Creek and on to Animas River. July 2016, Live Rust was recorded and set to film in MOTHER LODE, a collaboration with filmmaker Kristin Tieche, artist Morgan Rua, and photographer Mor.
The film is in revision. Here’s the soundtrack:
this track and more available at Sound Cloud
Live Rust is my attempt to articulate a mother's rage for the squandering.
The Gold King Mine is one of near 500,000 abandoned hardrock mines in the United States. Though one might say costs have far outweighed benefits on the whole, many benefit from the extraction and use of the materials while laborers and locals bear the heaviest burden of adverse health effects.
Let’s end the mining era on a compassionate note. Let's leave the rest underground, use frugally what has already been extracted, and forgive past negligence.
MOTHER LODE was filmed spontaneously one early evening in the Marin Headlands at Battery Spencer overlooking Golden Gate Bridge. Kristin and I thought this a fitting location given San Francisco's boom from small to big town during the California Gold Rush (1848–1855). And because we were there. Wind showed up fiercely. Through much of the very cold film session I was focused on keeping my balance and holding onto the scarf in my hands.