Poetry and Film Criticism Together Again in New Cinema Stanzas Book

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.

Tucker serves as editor/lead film critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews. She also writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon and is the award-winning author of Confessions of a Movie Addict, Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick, and Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies. She hosts a radio show, “Movie Addict Headquarters,” on BlogTalkRadio. Using the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, Betty Jo and her husband Larry co-wrote It Had To Be Us, a romantic memoir that was adapted for the screen as a short film titled CAKE: A Love Story, which won First Place in the NSAEN Online Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime.  Tucker is also a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society and the Online Film Critics Society.  More information can be found at her website by clicking on www.BettyJoTucker.com.

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

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Denise Cassino


Betty Jo Tucker


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