Skip to content


Always Coming Home
A white dog with blue eyes, returning home when old.
A people at home in the left coast wilds
as the animals they are. Some half human.
North Owl, half person, raised by a woman of the matriarchal Valley, fathered by a passing Condor warrior. 
She said to me, “I am here”.
Little Bear Woman, Ursula. Leaping over and through, negative as positive, dreaming our flooded future’s past.
Lullabies on wings soaring forward.
Ravens slowly spinning, slicing, a dance suspended.
To go is to return. — Vanessa Renwick

This video was made for the re-release on LP (by Freedom To Spend) of the cassette of “Music and Poetry of the Kesh,” a soundtrack that Todd Barton and Ursula K. Le Guin made to accompany her book “Always Coming Home.”

Genres: Experimental

Other Films by Vanessa Renwick

Land of the Free

Clouds drifting over land act as a backdrop for a textual exploration of colonialism and ownership.

SF Hitch

Renwick reflects on a 1981 trip she took with her wolf dog to San Francisco “where even the bums were good-looking.”

Crack House

Fragmentary glimpses suggest a peaceful Buddhist garden surprisingly embedded within Jeffrey Bale’s Crack House paradise.

Portland Meadows

This rhythmic portrait explores the sights and sounds of Portland’s horse racetrack.


Swirling in flight, the Vaux’s Swifts layover for three weeks in Portland each fall on their migration to South America.