Write a letter to a poet
"Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter."
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Write a letter to a poet
I read a lot of my friends poetry but Tormenta Poeta is the one that I been reading the longest. He a great inspiration and will write me on mine and tell me what he thinks... I can't imagine my life without the inspiration of this dear friend. Thanks to all of my friends for sharing their talents with me.
Visit a city named Poetry or other various places relating to poetry...
Poetry is an unincorporated community primarily in Kaufman County, Texas, United States, but extending into Hunt and Rockwall counties. It is located at the intersection of Farm to Market Roads 986 and 1565, approximately six miles north of Terrell. Originally known as Turner's Point, a post office and school were established in 1858. In 1876, the community was renamed Poetry. The new name was suggested by local merchant Maston Ussery, who said that the area in springtime reminded him of a poem. Poetry's population peaked at around 234 in 1904. Its post office closed in 1905 and service was consolidated with nearby Terrell. A 1984 incorporation vote was approved by local residents, but was invalidated by the Kaufman County Commissioners Court due to technicalities. Today, Poetry is a widely dispersed, lightly populated community.
Visit a poetry landmark
Today's Challenge is to pick a movie related to poetry or a poet to watch this week... Here is a list of various ones or watch your favorite.
Beowulf Robert Zemeckis
Braveheart Mel Gibson
The Color of Pomegranates Sergei Parajanov
El Cid Anthony Mann
Gunga Din George Stevens
Horton Hears a Who! Jimmy Hayward
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Chuck Jones
The Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joel Coen
The Raven Roger Corman
Films about a poet's life:
The Basketball Diaries —Based on the autobiography by poet and artist Jim Carroll, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film depicts Carroll's reckless youth, and the writing that becomes his means of clarity.
Before Night Falls —Javier Bardem plays Chilean poet Reinaldo Arenas in this film, adapted from Arenas's own memoir.
Piñero —Benjamin Bratt stars in this biopic about Puerto Rican poet-playwright Miguel Piñero, who co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle – The Algonquin Round Table comes alive in this film which features Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker.
Sylvia — The relationship of Ted Hughes, played by Daniel Craig, and Sylvia Plath, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, is detailed in this film that begins with the couple's courtship as young college students.
Tom & Viv —Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson star as T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood in a film that depicts their tumultuous marriage and Eliot's literary success.
Total Eclipse —This film captures the turbulent, explosive affair between Parisian poets Paul Verlaine, played by David Thewlis, and Arthur Rimbaud, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Films that feature poetry:
Big Bad Love — A Vietnam vet keen on writing poetry and prose struggles to improve his personal and his writing life in this film, based on the short stories of Mississippi writer Larry Brown. Brown's own poems, and those of William Carlos Williams, are in the film.
Dead Poets Society — Robin Williams plays an English teacher in an East Coast boys' prep school who inspires his students to love poetry, among other life lessons. The film, which popularized the tradition of carpe diem poems, features verse by Frost, Tennyson, and Shakespeare.
Four Weddings and a Funeral— This romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Andie Macdowell features a pivotal scene containing W.H. Auden's "Funeral Blues."
Henry Fool — This quirky film features Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool, an ex-convict who encourages a friend, James Urbaniak as sanitation worker Simon Grim, to become a poet. His first work attains public notoriety and chaos ensues. Make it a double feature with the film's sequel, Fay Grim, starring Parker Posey.
HOWL — Starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, this film largely revolves around the text of Howl, its composition, initial reading, and the public's reaction—by the movie's end, nearly the entire poem has been recited.
Poetic Justice — Janet Jackson stars as a young woman struggling to find love and meaning in her life. Maya Angelou's poems "Alone" and "Phenomenal Woman" appear in the film, as does Angelou herself.
Shakespeare in Love — This film is a fictional imagining of the endeavors of a young William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes, and also starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Shakespeare's love interest Viola. The dialogue and subject matter is full of allusions to Shakespeare's work. -
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I decided to start this year's Poetry Month with a poem about a new kind of home. One that seems to be becoming more popular with raising cost of utilities.
The Earthship Of Fortune
When I am through with this old Earthened Home one of my own,
When light beam in and the windows shine,
No more clay homes of yesterday.
And, Dearest Neighbor please come out and play,
Raise a home not a barn,
Few tires to tread around in for a little darn,
A place to compose,
A yar, poem or may just a pose,
An old Earthship that sails on the wind,
Come be part of my neighborly crew and after when we unwind,
I will have an ice cream social every year,
Or if you rather I can get you a beer,
If you can by some miracle aid me in my quest,
I may be old and sickly but my thank you will have some zest.
For in these old beat up materials that made up my home,
Are now a beautiful loving family and fortune under the earthed dome.
So, lets be neighbors and good friends,
And show the world how anyone can live off the grinds…
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