Doco Recommendo: This Dust of Words

This is one of my all-time favourite documentaries. It’s about Elizabeth (Liz) Wiltsee, a brilliant young woman who excels in every school subject, has a 200 IQ and a special love for literature/writing. It’s the story of a bright light’s slide into paranoid schizophrenia, and a possible mystical experience when homeless towards the tragic end of her life.


Through the plate glass window
of the warm cafe,
the dry leaves
might just as well
be hopping and skating around
of their own volition.

The index finger of my right hand,
swirling and tapping the iPod,
seems to mirror their dance,
often partial
to two to three minute intervals
of brooding or vulnerability.