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Cliffs, Chasm, Zeros: A blackout poem from page 6 of The Matrix Screenplay

One of my favourite bands is U2 and one of my favourite U2 songs is "Where the Streets Have No Name". The music video was shot on a rooftop, a nod to The Beatles' last concert as portrayed in the "Let It Be" film. According to Bono, the song is about "Transcendence, elevation, whatever you want to call it."

In “The Symbolism of Altitude: Clifftops, Mountains and Roofs” by Lynley, we are informed that: "The manmade equivalent of a natural high place is a rooftop. Characters often experience anagnorises on rooftops, or go there to achieve an overview of a situation, and to work out a plan to achieve their desires."

Cliffs, Chasm, Zeros.

broken fire

rises from

wild grace.

face the edge,

the impossible!




This blackout poem was created from a page where the agents are chasing Trinity:

“In the alley below, Trinity sees Agent Smith staring at her. She can only go up.”

In the next scene, Trinity is on the roof.

"First, think about what there is down low or up high. Low: swamps, crowds, fog, darkness, fields, heat, unpleasantness, people, life, death. High: snow, ice, purity, thin air, clear views, isolation, life, death. Some of these, you will notice, appear on both lists, and you can make either environment work for you."  - The Symbolism Of Altitude: Clifftops, Mountains and Roofs


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The Matrix Blackout Poems
The Matrix Blackout Poems

Blackout poems created from The Matrix screenplay.

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