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Old 06-27-2018, 11:52 AM
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Sorry for derailing the thread, Mark, but there can't be many of us who've turned a novel into a poem, or so it appears. You're the Gold Medallist!

But it's clear that watching La Cabina is a life-changing experience! Will your students be saying something like this in twenty or thirty years' time:

"One very hot June day, way back in 2018, we watched a film that scared us shitless. Thank goodness those "phone box" things all disappeared by 2022; I would never have gone inside one!"

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Old 06-27-2018, 12:08 PM
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No, no. No apologies needed Jayne, I was being my usual flippant self. Since my poem seems to be a one-off (I was going to say 'sui generis' but my pretention alarm went off) maybe you could move the thread to GT and rechristen it 'Things That Scared You Shitless As A Child'. Much more fun!

Edit: Whether it's apocryphal I don't know, but I read that after it was first shown on Spanish TV, people noticeably began wedging a foot into the door of the phone box...

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Old 06-27-2018, 01:07 PM
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Mark, Now look what you've spawned : )

Looking forward to checking out La Cabina and Andrew's The Man Who Saw Tomorrow.

My life was changed by reading "Mockingbird". No doubt you've encapsulated it here in verse and yes, I vote that it show up at the top of every google about the book.

Extra credit to those students who memorize and recite aloud your versified Mockingbird. (Brilliant teaching Mark.)
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:42 PM
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Heehee. I think that's a great idea, Mark. I'm just about to do it (with a short explanation).

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Old 06-27-2018, 01:49 PM
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Oh, wait a minute... I won't be able to post my poem (if I find it, that is) on a GT thread, and no one else can post their own work either, should they wish to.

Shall I just change the name of this one?

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Old 06-27-2018, 02:23 PM
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'Poems About Novels (Incorporating Things That Used To Scare You Shitless)'? Bit random haha. Your call Jayne

Cheers Jim.

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Old 06-27-2018, 02:40 PM
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Jim,
I hope La Cabina doesn't scare you shitless!

So, folks, what scared the pants off you in your childhood... or since?

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Old 06-27-2018, 06:11 PM
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So, this is very 'niche'

Hammer House of Horror wrecked my childhood.
Saturday nights. The 80s just begun.
Even Madness couldn't make me feel good,
and this was anything but a House of Fun.

Doppelgängers, voodoo dolls and witches,
crash-zooms, shrieks and blood-stained party food.
And Diana Dors, smiling, dropping stitches,
indulgent of her sullen lupine brood.


Edit: Jayne's 'brief explanation' emblazoned in red at the top of this thread is very flattering but I'm sure not true. I bet there are more 'novels into verse' out there, apart from reductionist funny limericks etc. And if there aren't it's more likely because it's a bit of a daft idea than anything else.

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Old 06-27-2018, 10:16 PM
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I'm not afraid of nothing, I would peep
Up in my childhood. And yet, in the tourist town
Of Brighton once, I swam out past the pier
And felt a panic seize me. I saw clear
Through that grey roiling water, further down
Than where the sharks swam, to the alien deep.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:41 AM
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John,

Apart from the awkward rhyme and enjambment of peep/up that's a better rhyming poem than the one you currently have on met.
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