Tag Archives: Poetry and Popular Culture

On Falling: Action Heroes, Metaphor and Gravity (Part One)

By Sam Cha

I. Acrophilia

Have you noticed that all the heroes have been falling, lately?

I mean that literally.

In nearly every major Hollywood action movie from the past ten years (plus/minus five years, roughly), … Continue reading

Poem by Erren Geraud Kelly

50 Cent at Serrano’s Restaurant
By Erren Geraud Kelly

Rapper 50 cent was passing through my hometown,  Baton Rouge, on the way to New Orleans, to see his friend, Eminem, perform at the Voodoo Music Festival … 50 stopped … Continue reading

Is Katniss Everdeen Gilgamesh Dreaming?: Unveiling The Connections Between Poetry and Heroic Fiction

By Victor D. Infante

It seems, these days, we are awash in the heroic fantasy adventures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the iconic heroes and monsters born in the turbulence of the dawn of the modern era … Continue reading

The Impossible Conversation: In Praise of Heartbreak

By Victor D. Infante

There have been girls in this competition who can développé and pitch to the side and do 20 pirouettes and land perfectly … and I don’t care. You put your finger against a wall and you … Continue reading

The First Patriarch of Rock & Roll: Bob Dylan and the Prophet Archetype

By Jade Sylvan

(excerpted from the forthcoming book, More Popular Than Jesus: The Beatles and the Mythology of Rock by Jade Sylvan and Steve Wagner)

“I felt right at home in this mythical realm made up not with individuals so … Continue reading