Still The Dreamer, Still living The Dream

I realised today that it has been six years since the publication of my poetry collection “The Dreamer and The Dream”, so as an homage to the cover of my book I thought that I would recreate it by taking another picture wearing the same t-shirt as I was wearing when I posed for the original photo. It has been six years, and although some things have changed and some things remain the same, one thing that has never changed and hopefully will never change is that I am still The Dreamer and I am lucky enough to still be living The Dream of being a poet, a writer and an author. And I can still fit in the same 蟺 themed t-shirt too! 馃檪馃枊馃摑馃摉馃摎馃憰

My Poem “The Chair of Chairs”

There is something about
the energy, the memory, the legacy,
and the connection attributed
to a particular chair that,
though it may not be called as such,
is a throne in its own right
because of the way that it gives a
rise and an ascendancy in power
and inspiration to whomever sits in it...
there is an impression, a weight,
an indentation that is left by every
sitter in every seat that can be
as individual as that of a person's fingerprint.

There are chairs that are legendary...
there are chairs that are just as
synonymous as the person who
used them many times for rest,
for relaxation, or for perhaps other
purposes beyond what a chair
was first thought to be used for...
there are chair's that helped in the
delivery of a person into the world
and there are chair's that have been
used to execute people
after being charged, convicted,
and sentenced for heinous crimes
of which they are guilty...
there are chairs that were designed
and built specifically to assist in the
comfort, the protection, and safety
of someone flying on a plane;
and there are chairs that are like
the trees from which they were built
and will forever be thought of as
precious and timeless works of art.

There are some things that you can
do lying down, standing up, or even
while floating upon the water of a swimming pool;
however, there are some things that people do -
painting, or writing, for example -
that can only be done if and when
someone is where and when
they need to be to create art and poetry...
there are some activities that can be undertaken
while doing other things simultaneously,
but, for some people, they can only
attain the required focus that they need
to do what they need to do
only when they feel constrained,
but at the same time free...
there are some things that you
simply can only be effective at doing
when you have the right tools
at your disposal and you can
make the most of every moment
without a worry or a care...
there are some moments
when you can feel as if you have been
transported backwards or forwards -
to first times, to last times, to emotional times,
to happy times, to sad times, to times of
transformation,
to times in your life that will always
be unforgettable for one reason or another -
that you can only be transported to
while sitting somewhere that is
like nowhere else on Earth,
because to you that place, that seat,
is more than a chair and is more like
a rocket ship to another world:
and that place is what I like to call
"the chair of chairs".

Episode #31: “Free Guy” (2021 film)

In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American science fiction action comedy film “Free Guy” directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller, named Guy, who discovers that he is actually a non-player character in a open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story. The film also stars Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Taika Waititi.

Episode #30: “The Mark The Poet Experience” – Recent Poetry

In this episode Mark recites four of the most recent poems that he has written and he talks about what inspired him to write them, including his poem “Fort茅”, “The Best of Us”, “The Mark of New York”, and “Back to the Theatre”. You can read more of Mark’s poetry on his website @ http://MarkThePoet.Me

Episode #29: “Constantine” (2005 film)

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2005 American superhero horror film “Constantine” directed by Francis Lawrence. Based on the DC Comics’ ‘Hellblazer’ comic book, the film stars Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a cynical exorcist with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form, who finds himself being drawn into the investigation of the death of a Los Angeles Police detective’s sister and while doing so uncovers a conspiracy to unleash hell on Earth. The films also stars Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare.

Episode #28: “Brightburn” (2019 film)

In this episode Mark talks about one of his favourite films: the 2019 American superhero horror film “Brightburn” directed by David Yarovesky, written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, and produced by Jamed Gunn and Kenneth Huang. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner, and the plot follows Brandon Breyer, a young boy of extraterrestrial origin who grows up on Earth but comes to realize that he has superpowers.

My Poem “Back to the Theatre”

Finally, I am back in the seat
of a cinema, sitting in the dim light,
and waiting patiently for the room
to go dark and the film that I am
here to see to start.

It's been a long time since
I was able to embrace my cinephile side
and get back to where I always looked
forward to returning to every so often...
it's been a long time since
anybody who loves the magic
and the experience of seeing a film
on the biggest screen there is
has been able to go to the movies,
to perhaps get some popcorn and a cold drink,
sit in a comfortable seat,
and switch off from the world
at the same time that they are
transported away to a place of
fiction and fantasy,
and embrace the gift and the opportunity
of pure, unadulterated, escapism.

I am a dreamer, I am an artist,
and I am also someone
who loves enjoying the labor
of other people's imagination and creativity...
since I was a child, I have always been
someone who loves going to the cinema -
because I have always understood
the language and the power
of visual and audiotory storytelling,
and the way that subtleties
in colour and sound can feed the mind,
as well as revitalize and influence
the thoughts, the feelings, and the emotions
of people young and old far into the future.

I don't see every film at the cinema,
but when I see the trailer for an
upcoming film that immediately
grabs my attention,
I try to make the time,
when the film is finally released,
to see it in a place where I can
make the most of every moment
of movie making poetry -
which is why I am so happy,
which is why I am so energized,
and which is why I am so in awe
to once again be back enjoying a movie
projected upon the screen of a theatre.

Episode #27: “The Many Saints of Newark” (2021 film) *Spoilers*

In this episode Mark talks about the 2021 American crime film “The Many Saints of Newark” directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner. A prequel to David Chase’s HBO crime drama TV series “The Sopranos”, the film stars Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Set in the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey, using the 1967 riots in the city as a backdrop for tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities, the film follows the teenage years of Tony Soprano in the midst of a violent gang war his uncle and family are involved in.

Episode #26: “You” (TV series) – Season 1, a review

In this episode Mark does a review of the first season of the American psychological thriller television series “You” developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the story follows the character of Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley), a New York bookstore manager and serial killer who falls in love with a customer, Guinevere Beck (played by Elizabeth Lail), and quickly develops an extreme, toxic, and delusional obsession with them.

Episode #25: “Frankenstein” (1931 film)

In this episode Mark talks about the 1931 American science fiction horror film “Frankenstein” directed by James Whale, produced by Larmmle Jr., and adapted from 1927 play by the Peggy Webling, which in turn was based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel ‘Frankenstien; or The Modern Prometheus’. The film stars Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, and Edward van Sloan.