Endeavour to be like the Morning Sun / Now sailing upon the circadian tide / Who grants warmth to the world when it’s earned none . . . (Poetry by Michael Shindler)
by Jonathan English Twenty years ago now, Baz Luhrmann’s brilliant cinematic marvel, Moulin Rouge!, blazed across the silver screen. It would go on to receive eight Oscar nominations. Still, many critics seem to overlook its depths, bedazzled and almost blinded to deeper meaning by the film’s surface splendor, fast-paced brilliance, and abundant musical allusion. For… Continue reading Awakening Love: Christian’s Descent into the Underworld in Moulin Rouge!
When Langston Hughes published his early poem, "The Weary Blues," back in 1925, he was innovating literature and language, it's said, matching poetic form to musical form, and subject. According to poet Kevin Young, "Hughes was in fact the first to write poetry in the blues form," and his 1926 collection "The Weary Blues represents the… Continue reading The Weary Blues