To celebrate National Poetry Month at Peeking Between the Pages I am spotlighting a newly released book for you called The Day the World Ends: Poems by Ethan Coen who is one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed filmmakers! I wish I had more time so I could have read all of the poems but I do have a favorite one so far so look for it further on in the post. Be sure to check out the welcome post over on Savvy Verse & Wit as well as the schedule so you can follow along with all the other blogs during National Poetry Month. For now let’s learn more about the book, check out one of my favorite poems, and be sure to stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of the post as well!
About The Day the World Ends: Poems by Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen’s screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. With his brother, Joel, Coen has written, directed, and produced some of the most original and beloved movies in the history of cinema, including Raising Arizona; Miller’s Crossing; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy; Fargo; The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Intolerable Cruelty; an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; Burn After Reading; and—most recently—True Grit, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Coen has also written collections of critically acclaimed plays (Almost an Evening), short stories (Gates of Eden), and poetry (The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way), all presented in his distinctly humorous and oddly brilliant literary voice.
Coen’s eccentric genius is revealed again in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDS (Broadway Paperbacks Original, on sale April 3, 2012), a collection of poems that offers humor and provides insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft. THE DAY THE WORLD ENDS is a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.
Short, accessible, and nearly the same price as a movie ticket, this new poetry collection is a perfect treat for Coen’s legions of fans.
Excerpt – one of my favorite pieces entitled Night, Then Day by Ethan Coen…
It all takes on a
When sleep won’t come. I read until
My eyes at least want rest, and kill
the light at last.
The bedroom plunges
Out of sight,
Then slowly reemerges, fit
With silver outlines given it
By waiting night.
At length the silver
Turns to gray,
And clothes and chair on which they lie
Are issued back their colors by
I watch the night thus
Stretch and touch
The day. The meaning of the show
Is hard to read. There is one, though —
I know this much.
(Reprinted with the permission of The Crown Publishing Group) You can check out a few more excerpts of Ethan’s poetry here.
About Ethan Coen
When not writing plays, poetry, or short stories, ETHAN COEN makes movies with his brother, Joel Coen. After thirteen films, the Coen brothers have one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed bodies of work in the history of cinema.
I have 2 copies of The Day the World Ends:Poems by Ethan Coen up for giveaway to my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, April 28/12. Good luck everyone!
Again, don’t forget to check out the schedule over on Savvy Verse & Wit to follow all of the tour stops in celebration of National Poetry Month!