Bikers, families, and pedestrians passing through Uncle Sam's Plaza on Saturday, July 14th were awestruck at the unusual sight of old-fashioned typewriters set up on tables on this breezy summer day. As bikers slowed and families stopped to see what all of the commotion was about, enchanted passers-by wandered over to sit at one of the ancient machines. The clickety-clack of keys being pressed by curious fingers was the song that played on which set out to do what was written in this first poem, "The Scarey Guy," and that is, to bring out the artist in us all.
At it's core, the Arlington International Film Festival is more than just a showcase of cinematic talent and storytelling from around the world: it is a celebration of the arts. The AIFF Poetry Slam, which is taking place again this coming Saturday, July 21st from 11:00am-1:00pm at Uncle Sam's Plaza, is meant to encourage Arlingtonians to celebrate the magical world of film through the powerful art of poetry. With Arlington Poet Laureate Cathie Desjardins in attendance, prompts are given to help inspire writers to start typing and telling their movie stories. Here are some of our favorites written from this past Saturday!
Some poets decided to write about their favorite movie snacks:
Others decided to write about their favorite movie scenes:
For some of our poets, they were inspired by the memories of movies at a specific theater, whether it be the drive-in, local cinemas, or our beloved Capitol Theater!
Poems were read aloud by authors and readers, sharing with one another every individual voice who took the time to write with us. Among these voices were poems of different cultures and languages, celebrating and emphasizing the international element of the film festival, uniting stories from all over the world. A pair of sisters wrote a beautiful poem called "Bombay Dreams," and one young woman seamlessly switched between typing her piece in English and French!
Watching people come and go, sit and write, as the pounding of keys and waft of popcorn filled the air, there is something so special being fostered in this outdoor oasis of creativity. It is truly best-summed up by Linda Vaitkus' poem, "My Moment":
We hope you'll join us this Saturday to type up your own movie-magic inspired poem!