Surprisingly, I blame director Robert Altman and tap dancing for my journey into the mysterious world of poetry. After watching Altman’s Gosford Park back in 2002, a poem about the movie came to me when I started to write a review for publication. That poem had the same beat as a tap routine I performed in days of yore. Since then, I’ve written 70 film poems and incorporated them into my reviews – with enthusiastic feedback from readers. For example, “I always enjoy your reviews, Betty Jo, and now that you are adding poetry, they are enhanced,” wrote Ronald Hull, poet and author of The Kaleidoscope Effect.
CINEMA STANZAS contains all of these efforts – from such studio blockbusters as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and The Revenant to small independent offerings like In the Dark, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, and With Child. Along with romance, genres represented in CINEMA STANZAS include drama, comedy, musicals, horror, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, sci-fi and action. The book is meant to be a fun resource for fans of both poetry and movies.
And I’m happy to say that no real poets were harmed while putting this collection together.
CINEMA STANZAS is available in Amazon’s Kindle store for $3.99. Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/z7tmat2