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I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems
Guernica Editions, Fall 2014
224 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550718973
ISBN10: 1550718975
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Although poetry is one of the oldest art forms and cinema one of the youngest, a symbiosis exists between the two -- an interchange of metaphor, rhythm, point-of-view. No surprise, then, that so many contemporary poets write about film and the magnitude of its effect on modern life. Featuring work by some of the most acclaimed poets writing in Canada today (and three from the USA), I Found It at the Movies includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history -- from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. Entering this collection is an experience as beguiling as a trip to the movies itself. Among the poets included: Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Heighton, David W. McFadden, Karen Solie, Marilyn Bowering, Julie Bruck, Stephanie Bolster and Ken Babstock.
Men who imagine themselves covered with fur and sprouting / fangs, why do they do that? Padding among wet / moonstruck treetrunks crouched on all fours, sniffing / the mulch of sodden leaves, or knuckling / their brambly way, arms dangling like outsized / pajamas, hair all over them, noses and lips / sucked back into their faces, nothing left of their kindly / smiles but yellow eyes and a muzzle. -- Margaret Atwood, "Werewolf Movies"

Books by Ruth Roach Pierson

I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems