5 New Poems: “When All Has Been Done to Tend to Dreams”, “To Compose a Thesis on Affection”, “Home”, “Empty Safety Nets” and “Brain Strikes”

By Andrew Buckner

“When All Has Been Done to Tend to Dreams”

When all has been done to tend to dreams
And feet, interests remain stagnant:
One must remember that the most plentiful streams
Often begin with a single willful fragment.

“To Compose a Thesis on Affection”

To compose a thesis on affection
Without knowledge of the subject;
To score a film on rejection
Without awareness of images abject;
To tread in the shoes of a master
Without first grasping the sole of the essentials:
Is to become one with the pace of life, ever-faster-
To divide potential with the consequential.

“Home (Haiku)”

Soft baby fingers
Of home remove the callous
Cracks of the real world.

“Empty Safety Nets (Haiku)”

Empty safety nets
Lead to fearful valleys of
Exhilaration.

“Brain Strikes (Haiku)”

Brain strikes like lightning
Rods in self-serving song storms-
Idle conductor.

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25 Underrated Films of the Past 25 Years

By Andrew Buckner

Whether the film received generally negative reactions from critics and audiences upon its initial release or simply didn’t get the proper attention the feature deserved, the past twenty-five years have been filled with underrated gems. With this in mind, I have prepared a list of twenty-five movies from the aforementioned time frame that deserve a second look. They are included below in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

The BFG (2016)
Director: Steven Spielberg.

Bubble (2006)
Director: Steven Soderbergh.

Cosmopolis (2012)
Director: David Cronenberg.

Film Socialisme (2011)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard.

Fire in the Sky (1993)
Director: Robert Lieberman.

The Fountain (2006)
Director: Darren Aronofsky.

The Fourth Kind (2009)
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi.

Gummo (1997)
Director: Harmony Korine

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009)
Director: Rob Zombie.

Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
Director: Harmony Korine.

Kuso (2017)
Director: Flying Lotus.

Love (2015)
Director: Gaspar Noe.

Machete Kills (2013)
Director: Robert Rodriguez.

Matinee (1993)
Director: Joe Dante.

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Director: Spike Lee.

mother! (2017)
Director: Darren Aronofsky.

Natural Born Killers (1994)
Director: Oliver Stone.

Prometheus (2012)
Director: Ridley Scott.

Red State (2011)
Director: Kevin Smith.

Silence (2016)
Director: Martin Scorsese.

Storytelling (2002)
Director: Todd Solondz.

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2014)
Directors: Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani.

Tideland (2005)
Director: Terry Gilliam.

What Dreams May Come (1998)
Director: Vincent Ward.

The Words (2012)
Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal.