Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Out of Standard: Film School Drop Out Edition



Greetings Garden Dwellers:


Back in April I outed myself as a BIG time film buff of the worst degree: the elitist  aficionado who moons over Kubrick's Strangelove and revels in the long, one take shots of Wes Anderson.  I am the kind of film school drop out who calls herself a film school drop out without ever having actually gone to film school.  So for today's Out of Standard, I am providing one of my favorite scenes in film, one that has inspired me in the past.  All you have to do is find a poem of your own in the footage and commit it to paper.

THE SCENE:
Today's clip comes from the film Holy Motors, directed by the ever so French and ever so brilliant Leos Carax.  The movie embodies the phrase Out of Standard from start to finish, but the clip I have selected is perhaps the best introduction . I am not going to tell you too much about the film itself or the scene.  I am going to leave you to create your own narrative.   

THE CHALLENGE:
Watch the clip.
Write a poem inspired by it.
That's pretty much it.

As always, I am asking you to write a new poem for this prompt and not to post one which may conveniently fit the theme.  Though, if you have a piece which fits this clip you are probably Leos Carax and should be working on your next full length feature.   

So go now my lovelies and bring back something startling and shiny to the garden. 






30 comments:

L. Edgar Otto said...

It occurred to me this was so difficult I might be the only one to dare... some power of the winding screen that makes us do somersaults.

A little more than this clip suggests is there beyond surrealism or post modern art.

But I do not like to read and rarely write the couple rhymes- that feels strange here in itself

Kerry O'Connor said...

You always come up with something challenging, Izy. This will require some pondering. Thanks for the encouragement to think outside the box.

Mama Zen said...

I'm gonna need more coffee!

Susan said...

I got another cup, too, and then wrote this for you!

Susie Clevenger said...

I watched it in the wee hours of the morning...still pondering what to write...Hello coffee pot. :)

Helen said...

I've joined the coffee klatch .. the end of the clip reminds me of the cemetery scene from Phantom of the Opera. WOW!

hedgewitch said...

This definitely lives up to the statement 'and now for something totally different..." I make no promises about writing to this, but you certainly have given me nightmares for awhile. Truly a fascinating challenge, Izy.

Marian said...

holy mother of not what i was expecting, izy! teaser.

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Have to join the "coffee" group here!
Coffee mug in hand, I did proceed and a limerick is what emerged from this inspiration!

Kerry O'Connor said...

@Joezachs
This is a poetry blog and not an open link for sharing your random postings. Please respect our space.

Kay L. Davies said...

MORE coffee. That's what I was missing. Well, it's posted now, in all its unglorious wonderfulness. Your challenges are always a surprise, Izy, and never dull.
K

Akila G said...

now i guess i am bitten by the love bug! probably cos hubby is out of town and well, when i see my three year old miss him i cant hide it either :)

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

Kerry, saw your comment at 1:30.

Was it okay for me to post in response to this prompt? I have visited here previously.
--Patricia

Hannah said...

That was crazy and fun!! Thank you, Izy!

Fireblossom said...

It's gonna take more than coffee!

Fireblossom said...

PS--I cracked up at the tombstones with "visit my site" on them!

Ella said...

A new standard in Beauty n' the Beast.
I thought it might be Beetle Juice's cousin...guess not!

Maggie Grace said...
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Maggie Grace said...

It took me awhile to recover from the graphic near end thinking I had no poetic inspiration. But I did in the beginning. I heard the caw of a crow or raven and I love the creepiness of New Orleans cemeteries. Sort of my Poe attempt.

hedgewitch said...

Well, something bubbled up, so I poured it out. It's getting late here, so will be back in the morning to read and visit. Thanks for a truly unique challenge, Izy.

Margaret said...

Good Grief! Talk about stepping out of my comfort zone. Ha. Isadora, Isadora! I came up with something ... finally at 12:45. I did the best I could, but probably not very original.

Margaret said...

Off to bed, but I will make the rounds tomorrow.

Isadora Gruye said...

Toads, I keep raising the bar and you all keep delivering!!! Such a treat to come home after a long day at the office and have all these gems waiting for me to read and crit! Now I must ready my own submission.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Izy — thank you for your comment on my post.
I couldn't see this character being created for any reason other than humor (although I could imagine lah-di-dah film goers ascribing all kinds of noble characteristics to him over a glass of wine after the film).
I'm so glad you agreed with me.
K

juzta mum said...

Very difficult theme..enjoyed writing on it!!

Fireblossom said...

I wasn't able to comment on juzta mum's post because it seemed to want Google+ or nothing, and i don't have or want Google+.

juzta mum said...

@ Fireblossom Yes I am aware of it and am trying to solve it for sometime :-(..Do share your feedback here though!!

Lolamouse said...

Holy $*@&!!! That was quite a trailer! Now I've got to find that movie to see it!

L. Edgar Otto said...

So many ways, passwords and barriers, to pass thru in this cloud era... thus I get lost or do not post comments outside my usual habits and old browsers... fireblossom maybe try this for jm's poem:

http://juztamom.blogspot.com/2013/06/i-ran-towards-you.html

Margaret said...

I will be back in the morning to visit and comment to this challenge. I was preparing my Artistic Interpretations challenge for Friday for the Toads. Makes me appreciate those who do it more than once a month! I'm exhausted... and probably STILL have grammatical errors and mistakes... sigh.