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.
Editor and poet Ruth Roach Pierson is the author of Where No Window Was, GG finalist Aide-Mmoire, and CONTRARY. She has attended The Toronto Film Festival since 1980, with 33 films in 10 days her personal best.
We go to the movies in search of a certain practical poetry, the kind that enlarges our perspective of the world or simply entertains us. It's often assumed that we are empty vessels into which the art flows. And yet Ruth Roach Pierson's fine anthology of film poems, I Found It at the Movies, proves that the process magnificently works in both directions. The writers here emote eloquently about the movies, from Apocalypse Now to The Wizard of Oz, and all aspects of the cinematic form. There is passion in this poetry, projected at 24 frames per second upon the mind's eye, and I urge you to engage with it. - Peter Howell, Movie Critic, The Toronto Star