Monday, May 22, 2017
I saw the Jim Jarmusch film "Paterson," featuring poems by Ron Padgett. It is sweetly comical and inoffensive, with some cute visual and literary motifs running through, and proposes an easy relation between poetry and everyday life. There's a very sweet little poem written by the character of a young girl the main character, a bus driver named Paterson who lives in Paterson, runs into on the street. The movie lacks dramatic conflict, and the few times it moves in that direction, the conflict is defused. For example, the gun in the bar scene turns out to be a toy. There aren't many movies about poetry, and this one is different from all other ones because poetry here is not tragic, pretentious, or stentorian.