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April 2007, issue 24

"The lunatic, the lover and the poet /are of imagination all compact...."  --Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare


April is National Poetry Month

At least, that's what McSweeney's tells us. This newsletter is poetry itself, I'm sure you'll agree, but we have much more in the Media Center to satisfy your poetry jones. 


We have an extensive selection of video interviews with contemporary writers and poets from the Lannan Foundation.  Poets include Richard Wilbur, Galway Kinnell, Denise Levertov, Li-Young Lee, Yehuda Amichai, Sonia Sanchez, Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck, Michael Ondaatje, Seamus Heaney, Alice Walker, and More. 


The Voices and Visions series reaches further back a few generations to look at the lives and work of American poets such as Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Brooklyn's own Marianne Moore and Walt Whitman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and New Jersey's own William Carlos Williams. 


Looking for fictional poets?  Try Possession, directed by Neil LaBute, and based on the novel by A.S. Byatt.  Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the great fictional poets, and a nasty swordsman, to boot.  Jean Cocteau's Orpheus sets the Greek myth in the twentieth century and makes Orpheus a poet, played by Jean Marais.  Slam is about a young man in Washington D.C. who uses poetry and rap to find the truth in himself. The Business of Fancydancing is the story of a man from the Spokane Reservation who becomes a famous poet yet is met with resentment when he returns home for the funeral of a childhood friend.


Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls is based on the life of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, who "endured unspeakable persecution in a courageous stand against censorship and oppression."  Starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp. 


The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is based on a true story about a housewife who supports her family winning advertising poem and jingle contests. 


What I Want my Words to do to You is a documentary about a writing program run by Eve Ensler for the inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (NY), a maximum security women's prison, and features readings of their works by actors such as Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei. 


Furious Flower is a four-volume set which looks at 26 African-American poets, working in the years 1960-1995, including Amiri Baraka, Rita Dove, and the Dark Room Collective.


Our favorite poet is the great Percy Dovetonsils.  One of Ernie Kovacs' characters from his groundbreaking early television comedy show, Percy's dopey lyric poems have titles like 'Ode to a Housefly,' 'Ode from a Germ's Eye Viewpoint,' and 'O, I wish I were a Dog.'  Kovacs' unlimited and surreally hilarious experimentations with the medium in the early days of television are still influencing television comedy today, especially the likes of David Letterman and Conan O'Brian.  Check out our five-volume set of his work, The Best of Ernie Kovacs.


And don't forget ol' Billy Shakespeare, of course. 



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This issue of  BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant Patrick Jewell, who ate the plums in the icebox which you were probably saving for breakfast.  Forgive him, they were delicious. So sweet and so cold.

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Questions?  Comments?  Contact us. 
Media Center Staff:
Andrea Slonosky,  Media Librarian  (718) 488-1311
Patrick Jewell,  Media Assistant  (718) 488-3392
Lisa Rivera,  Media Assistant  (718) 780-4378