Category: Poetry & Drama

Start Your Summer Binge Watching With Netflix’s Upcoming July Titles

The month of June is coming to a close, and with that is the start of Summer! What better way to spend the sunny season than indoors, binge-watching Netflix.

We’ve broken everything down by genre and release date, so skim for your favorites or get lost in Netflix’s July offerings.

 

 

 

 

Comedy

 

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1. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, a Netflix original inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (coming July 16th)

2. Orange Is The New Black Season 7, originally based on the novel by Piper Kerman (coming July 26th)

 

Drama

 

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1. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, based on the book by Robert Getchell (coming July 1st)

2. Sicilian Ghost Story, inspired by the Italian short story We Won’t Be Confused Forever by Marco Mancassola (coming July 6th)

 

Action

 

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1. The American, based off the novel A Very Private Gentleman, written by Martin Booth (coming July 1st)

2. The Son, based off the book by Philipp Meyer (coming July 26th)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy

 

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1. Inkheart, based on the book by Cornelia Funke (coming July 1st)

 

Anime

 

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1. Astro Boy, based on the manga by Osamu Tezuka (coming July 1st)

2. Kakegurui Season 2, based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura (coming July 4th)

3. Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac, based on the manga by Masami Kurumada (coming July 19th)

 

For Children

 

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1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name (coming July 1st)

2. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, based on the book Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers (coming July 9th)

3. Disney’s Race To Witch Mountain, based on the book Escape To Witch Mountain by Alexander Key (coming July 1st)

4. Disney’s The Princess And The Frog, based loosely on E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess (coming July 16th)

5. The Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants Season 3, based on the Dav Pilkey Comic Series

 

 

 

 

Netflix has a lot to offer children this July. Perfect for the start of Summer vacation!

With all the Disney films joining the roster, parents, especially new ones, can join in the fun as well! Since you can bring Netflix with you anywhere, why not have it for the family vacation?

Happy binge-watching!

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate the Power of Tupac’s Poetry

If you didn’t know, Tupac Shakur was not just a rapper. He was a poet too, and a damn good one. He is known for having tackled contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he will remain a cultural icon as a symbol of defiance and activism in opposition to inequality. His poems are not limited to these topics, however, as they explore the complexities of family and love. He was a student of the arts; he studied theater, literature, and music at the Baltimore School for the Arts. At school, he was absorbed in the works of William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes, among many other poets who made an impact on the way rhythm is used in linguistics.

Tupac was fascinated by the relationship between rap and poetry. Some of his music may portray him as more of a rugged soul, but his poetry is a reflection of his sensitivity and his ability to turn words into pure art. “[Rap] is poetry, to me” he said in an interrogation. “It is my opinion that I started to rap when I was writing poetry. Storytelling, poetry… even iambic pentameter is rap. It’s the way you write it, the structure.” After his death, a compilation of of his poetry titled The Rose that Grew from Concrete was released. His poetry represents his incredible eloquence and intellect. Here are some of his most artistic and profound poems.

 

 

“What Can I Offer Her?”

 

All of my life I dreamed of meeting one with immense beauty,

and once I found her I would charm her and she’d be mine forever

I have found her and indeed she is all I wished for and more

but she is not charmed nor intrigued.

Then I think 2 myself  “What can I offer her?”

The tears warm my eyes and blur my vision.

I stick 2 my stance of bravado and give her the same uninterested look she gave me.

She was so beautiful

But what can I offer her?

Via Genius

 

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“So I say GOODBYE”

I’m going in 2 this not knowing what I’ll find

but I’ve decided 2 follow my heart and abandon my mind

and if there be pain I know that at least I gave my all

and it is better 2 have loved and lost than 2 not love at all

In the morning I may wake 2 smile or maybe 2 cry

but first 2 those of my past I must say goodbye.

Via genius

 

 

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“The Power Of A Smile”

“The power of a gun can kill and the power of Fire can Burn

The power of wind can chill and the power of the mind can learn

The power of anger can rage inside until it tears u apart

But the Power of a Smile especially yours can heal a frozen Heart”

Via Genius

 

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New Zealand Teen Wows the World With Spoken-Word Poem About Racism

This is the age of division—of crowded twenty-six lane highways existing alongside speeding motorcycles about to hit a T in the road. An age of shiny watches and clothes draping suffering souls; cultures on a collision course. A time of CGI, and action-packed prose—a great medium; but, where does poetry fit in?

William Wordsworth once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”  The type of expression formed through reflection and contemplation—as we prepare to address the things that bother us. I remember reading the preface to a little book of poetry once (a tiny back pocket volume), it said that poetry is meant to enrich, ennoble and encourage. These are the first things I thought of when I heard Takunda Muzondiwa speak.

 

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A New Zealand high school student at Mt. Albert Grammar School, Muzondiwa has been making news for a speech she made at the Human Rights Commission’s annual Race Unity Aotearoa Speech awards. At these awards, six of New Zealand’s best high school speakers addressed how we can improve race relations. Thanks to the past twenty years of technological influx, someone recorded the speech, which sees Muzondiwa delivering a poem she wrote. The video has been viewed over half a million times.

“Yesterday I was African, today I am lost.”

 

 

In the above video, Muzondiwa recounts her experience immigrating from Zimbabwe to Aotearoa at the age of seven. She has, unfortunately, had to deal with the type of cultural assimilation and the racism that seems to plague so many. Her poem, which she wrote to a man who had the audacity to touch her hair on the bus (because it was curly? Different?) describes the pitfalls of assimilation; such as aligning with societal beauty standards.

“I believe unity comes from a better understanding of one another as people. The best way I know how to share the perspective of those I represent as a black immigrant woman is through my writing. I write my poetry and I send it to the man who sat behind me on the train last week who had the audacity to touch my hair without even asking.”

“I guess the basic human concept of respecting personal space doesn’t apply to you?” I didn’t say that which is crazy because I almost always have something to say but at that moment, like my split ends, my mouth was too dry to speak.

The Takunda Muzondiwa in this video is a young woman who refuses to feel shame; she realizes how important her culture is (if by some weird reason you haven’t watched it and realized that yet).

“But luckily my hair, my hair speaks volumes. Tangled and twisted there are stories in these in curls. Stories of a mother, father stamped with a number marked as objects sold for property. Stories of my ancestors shackled in cages displayed in zoos the same way you stroke me like an exhibit in a petting zoo.”

I watched that video and literally mouthed the word “wow” (before thinking of obscure quotes about poetry). The kind of words coming out of this person’s mouth, the way in which they are being expressed, is the type of thing I can’t see on any silver screen or within the context of any story—other than a real one. It’s the kind of thing Wordsworth and my long-since-lost pocket book of poetry were talking about; Muzondiwa’s words enrich, ennoble and encourage.

At the end of her speech, Muzondiwa, after true contemplation and reflection, addresses the real recipient of her powerfully crafted words. The thing that she, and so many others, find themselves simultaneously alongside whilst racing towards.

“So dear racism, I’m rewriting the history you gave me because I know the future belongs to those who prepare for it and you have been preparing me for centuries.”

This is the age of unity.

 

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10 Quotes to Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Birthday!

Is it bad that my favorite literary contribution of Walt Whitman’s was his “O Captain! My Captain!” being recited in Dead Poets Society? We all appreciate Leaves of Grass, but still.

 

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Today we celebrate Walt Whitman’s birthday. The legendary American poet was the original literary rebel, unafraid to write about improper topics (when he wasn’t writing about nature), and reciting his lines in the free-verse style that he fathered all day long.

Here are some of his famous insights and pieces of wisdom.

 

 


 

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.

 


 

The future is no more uncertain than the present.

 


 

Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

 


 

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.

 


 

Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.

 


 

Nothing endures but personal qualities.

 


 

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.

 


 

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?

 


 

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.

 


 

Resist much, obey little.

 


 

 

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“Violent” Children’s Book Causes Uproar with Parents

Singer-songwriter Rhett Miller’s, No More Poems!: A Book In Verse That Just Gets Worse, is attracting all sorts of controversy and uproar after rubbing families the wrong way.

WXYZ reports that school teacher and mother to two young girls, Kayla Sykes, bought a copy from Costco to read her children. She later came across one of the book’s controversial poems that made her feel as though she was going to “vomit.”

 

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The poem titled “Brotherly Love,” follows a girl who has to deal with her annoying little brother, and is rather violent about it.

 

One verse reads:

 

Feed your brother poison.

Maybe drop him down a well.

And I’m the one who’ll wind up.

Living in a prison cell.

 

Amazon markets the book toward children ages seven to ten. It goes without saying that this age range isn’t quite accurate.

Angry tweeters are currently calling for the book to be boycotted, and Costco has already pulled the book from a number of its stores.

 

 

Miller tweeted about his disappointment to the book’s backlash.

 

 

 

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