Review of ALL MOVIES LOVE THE MOON

Gregory Robinson’s All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film is predicated on a history of pictures; exploring the power of images with only thought as accompaniment, Robinson presents a very individualized historical account, from the first Cinématographe Lumière to the intrusion of the talkies. Each poem is partnered with a title card captioned by Gregory’s impenitent hand. The poems themselves are present-day reactions to the films they are titled after. From tongue-in-cheek quips to poetic nostalgia to light, staccato snippets of audiences laughing together, Robinson suspends his readers through his unique hybridization of film and poetry. The connection between the two is highlighted through his exploration of “the link between identity and occupation” (“The Last Laugh”); from imagined lives of grand personas to the small, meek position of the McDonald’s employee, readers see Robinson’s work as images that break “free, first from stillness and then from their creators” (ix) taking direction from the films for which Robinson writes.  All Movies Love the Moon succeeds in creating a space for the two great genres of silent film and poetry to merge on a dialectic of passing thoughts and images.

All Movies Love the Moon is published by Rose Metal Press, Inc., an independent press from Chicago, IL that is dedicated to the publishing of hybrid genre work that transcends traditional forms. To see more work from Rose Metal Press, visit the website: http://rosemetalpress.com/index.html. Information for how to purchase All Movies Love the Moon is available on their website.

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Alyssa Walker

Alyssa Walker is currently a second-year student at DePaul University where she is studying English, French and Philosophy, along with dabbling in anything else she can think of. Outside of school, she enjoys attending concerts of all kinds, where she puts her love for event photography to work. Her free time, and time that should be used for school work, is spent reading and finding television series to obsess over. She has most recently hopped on the Game of Thrones and Doctor Who bandwagons. As for her writing, it has appeared in her coveted journals and slips of paper that end up in the bottom of her backpack. She lives in Wrigleyville with two roommates and her cat Toby.

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