#PoetryMonth – Poetry in Films

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I think you get it by now. Poetry can be found almost ANYWHERE in our lives. In print, coming from our radios, written in the clouds by one of those planes who write things in smoke…ok, I don’t know if anyone’s done that. Maybe someone should get on that.

Today, I want to give a bit of a different recommendations list. It’s the last one of Poetry Month and maybe your eyes are getting tired from reading so much poetry. It’s time to give them a break and watch some movies!

This is list composed of films either based on poems or poets’ lives. I’ve watched them all, which is why they made the list. I Googled a few to get names and found many other lists out there I could have used to expand this one, but I felt like a list of ten that I’ve actually seen and would recommend was better. There’s no particular order. So no one movie is better than ano…wait. Dead Poets Society is the BEST film on this list. The rest are in no particular order. Make sure you watch that one out of any here. The rest were on Netflix at some time in the last few years. There was a period of time I binge watched any bio-film on a writer I could find there. A few didn’t make the list because they weren’t poets. Ok, well, Joyce and Lawrence were technically poets and I did watch a film on each, but the focus wasn’t their poetry. I also don’t remember the films’ names, but go find them if you’d like.

So, as we kick off the last week of Poetry Month for 2016, please go watch some movies. (That’s something I don’t often say.)

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  • Dead Poets Society
    • Don’t worry about what it’s about. Just go watch it. Oh, and Robin Williams is in it.
  • Sylvia
    • Biographical film about Sylvia Plath
  • Troy
    • Based on The Iliad
  • Brother, Where Art Thou
    • Based on The Odyssey
  • Howl
    • Biographical film about Ginsberg and the controversy surrounding the poem.
  • Black Butterflies
    • Biographical film about Ingrid Jonker.
  • Pandaemonium
    • Biographical film about Coleridge and Wordsworth
  • I’m Not Here
    • Biographical film about Bob Dylan. Yes, that guy. He’s a great poet.
  • No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
    • Documentary on Bob Dylan.
  • Shakespeare in Love
    • I don’t think I need to say that this one’s about.
  • Tom & Viv
    • Biographical film about T.S. Eliot.
  • Bukowski: Born Into This
    • Documentary on Bukowski.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#NationalPoetryMonth Challange!

That’s right: I’m CHALLENGING YOU! As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (international if you want to say. It’s spread pretty far by now.) I like to celebrate it on A Life Among the Pages, and this year is no different. Bringing awareness to poetry and new poetry to readers is always a great goal, even if just one more person gets into poetry. It’ll still be a win. So let’s kick this month off by bringing back a graphic you may remember from last year…

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Remember that? Either way, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it this month.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what I’m challenging everyone reading this to do: Read a book of poetry. Simple enough right?

I challenge each and every one of you to go out and find a book of poetry that you think you’ll enjoy. Then read it. It could be a single poet collection. It could be a multi-poetry anthology. And if that’s a little too much for you, maybe try easing yourself in with some single poems you find online. As long as there’s an attempt to try to read more poetry, that’s all that really matters.

I know many of my readers read poetry even if it’s occasional. But maybe some of you would like a few suggestions. I’m not sure if I’m good at suggestions, but I’ll try by listing some of my favorite collections that I’ve read and some poets, as well.

A few verse novel suggestions might help those not ready to dive right in.

And here is a list of Indie poets you might have seen on the blog in the past. They’re definitely worth checking out. I’ll link a collection into each name.

I don’t really know where to steer anyone looking for an anthology. I own so many and many have overlapping selections. You can’t really go wrong with one. Read a few poems from them and if it seems like it’ll click with you, that’d probably be a great choice.

ALSO, as a little self-promotion and a help for you (maybe), you may notice the prices on my ebooks have dropped. For the month of April, on Amazon (since 99.9999999999% of my five sales each year come from there)…

From Where I Stand is only $1.23

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Winter’s Homecoming and other Poems is only $0.99

AND, because I want to be generous, if anyone would like to read one of these collections/chapbooks but can’t afford to buy one…let me know. If you’re serious about reading it (and hopefully leaving an honest review when you’re done), send me a message and I’ll hook you up. I can give out Smashwords coupons for you to grab it for free. You can get it in any format through them. I’m here to spread poetry and that’s what I’ll do my best to do!

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Have I tired your eyes out yet with all this reading? One most big of housekeeping to do and then you can run off.

STORY TIME FRIDAY and PROSE VERSE BABEL…let’s get them going this month! A lot of poetry has been featured on STF so far, but we’ll keep that going if we can this month. PVB hasn’t been alive in a LONG time. Let’s fix that.

So I’m asking for you all to help by contributing. Find out more on how to submit work to each here:

Story Time Friday

Prose Verse Babel

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Ok folks. That’s all for now. Help spread the poetic word and come back often to the blog for most poetry fun all month!