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Mixing Movies and Poetry
by Betty Jo Tucker

Below is the press release for Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies.

Conifer, CO (August 23, 2019) – “I blame director Robert Altman and tap dancing for my journey into the mysterious world of poetry,” says author and film critic Betty Jo Tucker whose latest book, Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies, has just been published by Bestseller Services. This new offering is a sequel to Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, a winner in the Poetry category at the prestigious 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.

Tucker explains that after watching Altman’s Gosford Park back in 2002, a poem about the movie came to her when she started to write the review. That poem had the same beat as a tap routine she performed in days of yore. Since then, she has been incorporating poems into most of her film reviews – with enthusiastic feedback from readers. Some fans even call her Poet Laureate of the Movies.  

Poet/film critic Richard Jack Smith (who wrote the book’s Foreword) claims, “You are the Poet Laureate of the Movies, Betty Jo. A true inspiration.”

Artist/author/painter Judy Joy Jones writes, “If I get to vote for Poet Laureate of Movies, Betty Jo Tucker is in!”

Author Pamela Jaye Smith says, “Reading Betty Jo Tucker’s lively and sensitive poetic reviews is always a pleasure. They entertain and also give me something to think about.”

And actor/director/writer Brian T Shirley rhymes:

Poet Laureate of Movies for Betty Jo seems right.

Here’s to her writing poems every single night.

This second Cinema Stanzas offering presents over 70 movie reviews/film poems Tucker has written since the first book was published as well as several of her other poems that relate to cinema. Films of various genres are covered -- comedy, drama, fantasy, horror/action/sci-fi, musicals, mystery/thriller, and romance. Along with major motion pictures such as Wonder Woman, Mary Poppins Returns and La La Land as well as Oscar winners like The Shape of Water and Roma, many small independent films -- and even one short movie -- receive Tucker’s rhyming treatment. This book is written to serve as a fun resource for fans of both movies and poetry. “Although a few rhymes in my book are a bit harsh, no poets were harmed while writing it,” the author insists.      

CINEMA STANZAS TWO: Poet Laureate of the Movies is available as a Kindle E-Book on (Price $3.99)

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Denise Cassino

Betty Jo Tucker                                                       

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