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ATTENTION all dVersers!  Lillian here, and before we get to Poetics today, might you answer a few quick questions for me? Email your answers to landghallberg@gmail.com  It would be incredibly helpful to me and the dVerse board. MANY THANKS in advance!   

  1. Are you familiar with dVerse’s OLN LIVE?
  2. Did you know all are welcome to OLN LIVE to either read a poem aloud and chat; or simply to listen?  
  3. Have you ever participated in OLN LIVE? If not, can you please share why?
  4. OLN LIVE is once per month, Thursdays, from 3 to 4 PM EST. Is that convenient for you?
  5. Would a different time on Thursdays be more convenient? If so, what time? Be sure to indicate the time zone!
  6. Would OLN LIVE on Saturday be convenient for you? If yes, what time?
  7. Any other comments you’d like to make about OLN LIVE are welcome and would be most appreciated.

NOTE: our next OLN LIVE is this Thursday, November 10 from 3 to 4 PM EST! Hope to see you there!

AND now, for today’s Poetics which I am delighted to host! My guess is most of you have heard of the Academy Awards, presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. It is an international organization, open to qualified filmmakers around the world. Each year a list of movies is nominated to receive an Oscar for Best Movie of the Year; and for example, Best Actor, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Film of the Year.

Have you ever heard of the Golden Raspberry Awards? First held in 1981, they honor the perceived worst films of the year. They are the opposite of the Academy Awards. And rather than winning an Oscar for best actor, individuals win Razzies for worst actor of the year. Sylvester Stallone has won 10 Razzies; more than any other actor! In 2022, LeBron James, the highly successful professional basketball player, won the Razzie for worst actor! So here’s the prompt for today. Below is a list of thirteen movies honored with a Golden Raspberry Award, the Razzie; thus named worst movie of the year. Your task, should you accept it, is to use at least one title, word for word, within your poem. Extra points if you use more than one! And don’t worry: all comments in response to your poem will be positive. No Razzies awarded at dVerse!

Shining Through (1982)
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
Cocktail (1988)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Color of Night (1994)
Showgirls (1995)
The Postman (1997)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Swept Away (2002)
Catwoman (2004)
I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Looking forward to reading your poems that include at least one of these movie titles! Let the cameras roll and your words flow!

New to dVerse?  Need to be refreshed on the rules?

Here’s what to do:

  • Write a poem that includes at least one of the movie titles above, word for word, within the content of your poem.
  • Post the poem to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
  • REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your poem that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com). 
  • If you do not TAG or include a link to dVerse at the end of your post, I will gently remind you to do so. After all, this will increase your readership and comments, and others will find dVerse and hopefully join in the fun. If you do not add the TAG or link after my reminder, I will remove your post from Mr. Linky. I do not want to do that! So please do include the TAG or link!