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 DW: I, personally, don't really know of such poets, though I suppose almost every contemporary poet has at least one poem about film.  

I started writing poems using film in the Archaeology series in the "90s.   One of my favorite poems, "Beauty and the Beast," about the Cocteau film, La Belle et La Bete, can be found online, read by a Canadian actor, accompanied by stills from the black and white film. " I hope when a poet writes a movie poem, it is a real poem, not just a prose description of a movie!  

GC: I especially liked the ending of your poem, "La Femme Nikita," alluding to the 1990 French film.  I like it because it is contradictory--gives me different insights into the (secret) world of women, "dominant-submissive relationships," etc.:

 "" Are you surprised that

I have always wanted an imprisoning world?

One that needed me enough to own me,

and that I have wanted being owned to


be an adventure?  Are you surprised that

I have found myself wishing to be La Femme Nikita,

not because she's free or strong, but


she is bound,

she's Promethean,

A rebel against all corrupt gods,

yet like all submissives, she

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Gary Corseri has published & posted his work at hundreds of venues worldwide, including Op Ed News, The New York Times, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, DissidentVoice, L.A. (and Hollywood--) Progressive. He has been a professor in the US & Japan, has (more...)

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Accessible, meaningful, informative, insightful an... by Gary Corseri on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:16:45 PM
Thanks for this.... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:14:44 AM