If the name doesn’t ring a bell with you, then you are not alone. Back in December of 2015, If I had been asked, “Who is Wong Kar Wai?” I might have shrugged my shoulders and kept walking. Today, I have a different response.
If you searched Wong Kar Wai on the imdb.com website, you’ll find that he is a filmmaker out of Hong Kong. His work includes: In the Mood for Love (2000), Days of Being Wild (1990), 2046 (2004), Happy Together (1997) and Chung King Express (1994), just to name a few.
In my Asian film studies class, the professor asked, “What is national cinema?” I struggled for an answer. I thought about it long and hard until it came to me. My answers included either identifying the country where the film was made or the nationality of the filmmaker. I thought national cinema was any film that wasn’t made in Hollywood or contained a structure that could be considered synonymous with Hollywood film making. That is to say, if the story line had a predictable ending and the characters were less than believable. I later found out, from a Bordwell reading we were assigned, that my answers to the professor’s question seemed to include aspects of art cinema. The class is still going on (as of March 13, 2016). I am slowly beginning to believe that there is no definition (that stands alone) for national cinema.
I read a great article on the black writers retreat in New Mexico. Check it out here
I just purchased a full color copy of the 34th Parallel magazine. The poem I wrote was accepted for publication and is available, RIGHT NOW! This piece was special in many ways for me. From its subject matter to how it presents on the page, my poem Rapid has a story to tell.
In addition to my piece, the magazine has some very engaging stories from authors with various styles of writing. They have amazing talent. I am certain that anyone who reads issue 33 of the 34th Parallel Magazine will find it visually exciting, thought provoking and engaging.
Check it out and let me know (write a comment below) how you enjoyed the piece.
Mosaic art literary journal is accepting submissions RIGHT NOW! Deadline is approaching soon so don’t delay.
Source: Submission Guidelines
My copy of the Eber & Wein anthology (Where the Mind Dwells – Consolation) just came in the mail! I have one poem in this anthology. My piece is a contemplation of time. I thought about how it is divided, measure, and categorized. This piece shows how I relate to each day. After giving some thought to the passage of time, it began to feel different. The end result was my piece, The Day Constant.
After a poetry workshop, I worked several more revisions and finally settled on the expression that captured my meaning/message. I really enjoy contemplating themes such as time, nature, humanity, religion and sensitivity that effect the world. I try to imagine what effects are being felt from them. My piece, The Day constant, is the conflation of time and space. It is the bisection of past and future. It doesn’t immediately measure anything instead, it can be read as a magnification of the ideas of measurement. The distance between past, present and future might be seen as negligible.
I am very grateful that the editors found my piece enjoyable enough to include in this anthology and would very much enjoy the opportunity to have another included in future publications. If you have not already experienced Eber & Wein’s anthology publications do yourself a favor and check them out at Amazon.
I am so excited! The editors of 34th Parallel Magazine have enjoyed my poem entitled: Rapid and sent me notification of their interest to publish it.
I subscribed to this magazine after reading about it in Poets & Writers. Last year I began ordering and reading some journals and magazines that I felt would be a good match for publication of some of my work. A few of them turned me down and others I decided would not have been a good match for my poems at that time. I read through 34th Parallel Magazine and knew that I had to at least try to get one of my pieces in their magazine. Their articles were so fresh and resonated with current topics of interest to me (as well as with others I am sure).
I am excited to have one of my pieces published in 34th Parallel Magazine and can’t wait to read their next issue!
Maun will take your mind for a ride and swoop your spirit away. Check her out!