Friday, April 27, 2012

Read This, Watch That: National Poetry Month Edition

Happy Friday, Katie's got us taken care of with a new edition of Read This, Watch That.

Take a fascinating historical setting, a strong-willed female, an artistic dude, a dash of romance, and stir in the poetry. This is the recipe for top-notch National Poetry Month entertainment in today’s Read This, Watch That.

Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill
Renaissance Venice, a world far different from our own. One where women have few rights and even fewer choices. Maria’s future has been decided for her since infancy. She is to make a great marriage. By the time of her father’s death, it appears that her marriage might be the only way to save the family glass blowing business. But Maria wants more than to save the family business, she wants to be a part of it. She’s an artist. And when another artist comes to live with them and work for them, Maria can’t help but be drawn to him. Her fate looks bleak, as does that of her sister. And the resulting tension melts into a sisterly tale of love and sacrifice.

This is a novel in verse that can be read in day, maybe even a sitting. The language is a pleasure to read and the struggles of Maria and her family to find a balance between success and happiness are richly conveyed in the most sparse and simple of verses. Ideal reading for any romantics who like their stories to end happily ever after.


Bright Star
This is not a movie in verse, but rather a movie very much about verse and one of the great poets of history--John Keats. Keats’ story is not known for it’s happily ever after. He loses a brother to tuberculosis and then falls victim himself to illness shortly thereafter. But a short life is not without its own beauty, and few could capture that beauty as well as Keats. Bright Star is the story of his romance with the fashion forward and always opinionated Fanny Brawne. Few movies are as stunning, as heartbreaking, as romantic as this one. It will make you want to quote poetry to your love in a field of lavender (or perhaps surrounded by some past prime Cherry Blossom trees) or maybe just pick up a book of Keats’ poems for an evening. Either way, it’s a win-win.

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