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Spring 2007

Speechless Goes to the Movies

Reality without imagination is only half of reality.
– Luis Buñuel

Film is its own country.
– Alfred Hitchcock

After all, only Whitman and Crane and Williams, of the American poets, are better than the movies.
– Frank O'Hara

Guest Star - Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Introduction to Beyond Baroque by Director Fred Dewey
Two mini-anthologies of movie poems from Beyond Baroque Directors Amélie Frank and Richard Modiano

Inside the Movie Palace - Two Poems by John Allman
Loew's Triboro

Losing It at the Movies - Three Memoirs
The Liberty Theater by Daniel Jaffe
R-Rated Parental Guidance Strongly Suggested by Damien Stednitz
PG-13-Rated Saturday Afternoons, Royal Theater by Michelle Bitting Abrams

An Actor on Poetry - Essay by Hector Elizondo
The Obie- and Emmy-winning actor describes his love of the older (and poorer) art

In Praise of Supporting Players - Two Poems
Strangled, Eventually by Beth Ruscio
About Beryl Mercer, Actress by Michelle Bitting Abrams

Ear Candy - Essay by Bill Mohr on a Maurice Jarre Score
A Triumphant Elegy: The Film Music of Lawrence of Arabia
"Jarre’s score is what I carried in my head as I went to the local library and asked for a copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and it was Jarre’s assemblage of percussion, strings, wind instruments and odd, ethereal chimes that formed a chorus in my head to preface the opening sentence of Chapter 1: 'Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances…'"

Two Poems by Lawrence Raab
Why It Often Rains in the Movies
Attack of the Crab Monsters

Poets' Favorite Movies, Revealed At Last!

Think you know movies?
 Noted poets from around the US
 contribute an array of smart and savvy titles.


À bout de souffle
The Skokie Theater - Poem by Edward Hirsch

Festival of Shorts
She's Not Safe - Short story by Larry Caldwell
She's just picked up a guy at a bowling alley, and—there's a killer on the loose. But then, isn't there always? On nights like this only one thing is certain: someone toilet-papered the favorite avocado tree of a very important film director. And boy is he mad.

Take 5! Five Poets Take on the Movies
Wedding Day Blues - Poem by Cece Peri
Hommage à l'Age d'Or  - Poem by Gail Wronsky
Angel Face - Poem by  Richard Garcia
Corkscrew Alley - Poem by Michael C Ford
Stage Money - Poem by Sandra Hoben

Movies Quote Poetry—And Are All the Better for It
The Well-Versed Movie - Essay by Stacey Harwood
Poems have been the means by which a filmmaker reveals a character's state of mind, animates a plot, or introduces a movie's overarching theme. The well-placed poem can intensify, illuminate, and complicate the dramatic arc of a story."

Star Quality
Janet Leigh is afraid of jazz - Poem by Marsha de la O

Max Factor
In praise of lipstick - Poem by Terry Wolverton

Totally Nonfiction
Brando and Me - by I. C. Rapoport
The international photojournalist and screenplay writer got off to a bumpy start, fashion-wise. “You’re going to L.A. like that?” he snickered. “You’re going to meet Brando like that? You look like street bum. No one’ll take you seriously.”

Crashing Los Angeles - Essay by Brett Myhren
"Underneath the histrionic confrontation, then, Crash is really an urban social critique. In comparison to the norms of 'real' cities, the film argues, Los Angeles is unconventional and misshapen, and that’s why people who live there are terribly unhappy."

Four Defenses of Crash - Essay by
Suzanne Lummis
"Do all those who complain that the movie makes Los Angeles look like 'a cauldron of racism,' or a 'boiling hotbed of racism' or a molten, burbling, teapot of…etc., really believe the makers of Crash set out to represent this city as one itchy little troubled spot spoiling the otherwise pristine serenity of the earth?"

Valentine to the King of Darkness
The Man Who Knew Too Much - Poem by Tatsuya Iwakura

Poetry Goes to the Fights (and Movies)
Actress and poet Beth Ruscio reflects on acting, boxing and poetry. "I come from actors, artists and vaudevillians. I act and write. So does my Dad, Al. To us, everything is material. Take boxing...."

The Second Anne Silver Award
Charles Harper Webb picks Charlotte Innes

Steve Kowit's serialized essay "The Mystique of the Difficult Poem" will resume in the next issue.

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