Reel Verse (Hardcover)

Poems About the Movies (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

By Michael Waters (Editor), Harold Schechter (Editor)

Everyman's Library, 9781101908037, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 22, 2019

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Description

A unique Pocket Poets anthology of a hundred years of poetic tributes to the silver screen, from the silent film era to the present.

The variety of subjects is dazzling, from movie stars to bit players, from B-movies to Bollywood, from Clark Gable to Jean Cocteau. More than a hundred poets riff on their movie memories: Langston Hughes and John Updike on the theaters of their youth, Jack Kerouac and Robert Lowell on Harpo Marx, Sharon Olds on Marilyn Monroe, Louise Erdrich on John Wayne, May Swenson on the James Bond films, Terrance Hayes on early Black cinema, Maxine Kumin on Casablanca, and Richard Wilbur on The Prisoner of Zenda. Orson Welles, Leni Riefenstahl, and Ingmar Bergman share the spotlight with Shirley Temple, King Kong, and Carmen Miranda; Bonnie and Clyde and Ridley Scott with Roshomon, Hitchcock, and Bresson. In Reel Verse, one of our oldest art forms pays loving homage to one of our newest—the thrilling art of cinema.


About the Author

HAROLD SCHECHTER is a retired professor of American literature and culture at Queens College, CUNY, and the author of several mystery novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe, as well as coeditor of two previous Everyman's Library Pocket Poets. He lives in New York City.
MICHAEL WATERS is the author of numerous poetry collections, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Darling Vulgarity (2006) and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001). His honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and five Pushcart Prizes. Waters teaches at Monmouth University and Drew University. He lives in Ocean, New Jersey.