PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (HOLLYWOOD)

The HOLLYWOOD sign

The HOLLYWOOD sign

Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It is notable for its place as the home of the entertainment industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States. Hollywood is also a highly ethnically diverse, densely populated, economically diverse neighborhood and retail business district.

Hollywood, has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. Its history is sometimes separated into four main periods: the silent film era, classical Hollywood cinema, New Hollywood, and the contemporary period. While the French Lumière Brothers are generally credited with the birth of modern cinema, it is American cinema that soon became the most dominant force in an emerging industry. Since the 1920s, the American film industry has grossed more money every year than that of any other country.

Think of a movie that had left an impression on you, or a star of the cinema who you enjoy(ed) watching. Maybe the “HOLLYWOOD” (Originally, “HOLLYWOODLAND”) sign illicit a poem. The “Walk of Fame”, Gruaman’s Chinese Theater or memories of the “Brown Derby” could qualify your muse. We’re ready for our close-up, Mr. deMille!

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20 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (HOLLYWOOD)

  1. William Preston

    HOLLYWOOD

    Dreams built
    in Tinseltown
    can last a whole life through,
    for images are immortal.
    Hooray!

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  2. July 17 – Hollywood

    Fruitless Dreams

    The glitz and glamour of fame and fortune
    Dazzle the starry-eyed dreamers to action
    They leave friends and family in the dust
    With a few dollars and a dream of celebrity
    Westward they trek unaware of the dangers
    Many waiting to drag them into the pit

    Bright lights and nightlife stir their emotions
    Never have they ever seen such sights
    But this life costs money they do not have
    A job and a place to live takes precedence
    While they wait on that big break that will come
    Still the many wait to drag them into the pit

    Their visions of greatness soon turn to regret
    The letters on the hillside are but signs of woe
    Of course there’s the very rare dream fulfilled
    For others with connections or excellent luck
    Traits that so very many will never possess
    Those that the many wait to drag into the pit

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  3. Escape

    we go to films to
    escape reality but
    where do stars
    go when films are
    their reality

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  4. William Preston

    SILVER FLOWED DOWN FROM THE SCREEN

    When the movies were nothing but greys
    there were stars who deserved naught but praise;
    for the price of a dime
    they transcended all time
    and remained with me all of my days.

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  5. William Preston

    deMILLE

    This man could
    wear
    the Brown Derby.

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  6. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (HOLLYWOOD) […]

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    • I don’t know the film, and thus can’t relate your work to it. But I get a sense of an interplay between perceptions and reality, and a question of which is which. This is a mesmerizing piece.

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      • Oh, wow…well this, “an interplay between perceptions and reality, and a question of which is which.” In my opinion speaks profoundly to what the film felt like, for me! That’s great…thank you, for your feedback, William. 🙂

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  7. THE ROLE OF YOUR WAITER WILL BE PLAYED BY…

    City of dreams,
    smarmy slouches
    and casting couches,
    pouches of sniffing powder
    and 8 X 10 glossies. A permanent
    fixture, I ought to be in pictures. Pratfalls
    and cattle calls, auditions, parking cars, Someday
    a big star, or so it seems. Your biggest dream come
    true. And there you are playing the part; a real big deal.
    "Our special today is the crusted salmon. May I suggest the veal?"

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  8. Hurray for Hollywood

    Hurray for Hollywood
    I still miss Natalie Wood

    How cool it would be
    to sit in Schwab’s,
    be discovered
    and attract the mobs.

    Hurray for Hollywood
    Poor Marilyn is gone for good

    My footprints in cement,
    a star next to my name–
    that was never meant
    to happen, a bunion is to blame.

    Hurray for Hollywood
    Sacred ground where James Dean stood

    Studios like MGM
    can make you a superstar.
    Dreams of fame for women and men,
    Hollywood lures those near and far.

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  9. connielpeters

    Glamour Job

    I went to a taping of The Price is Right,
    remembering watching that show countless times.
    How suave and on top of things Bob Barker seemed
    and now Drew Carey took his place.
    We were ushered into a warehouse-like building
    and sat in an auditorium not much bigger
    than the one at my country high school,
    those famous colorful curtains looking worse for wear.
    The scene paled in comparison of the TV image.
    Mr. Carey made jokes to a motley crowd
    who thought this would be a fun way
    to spend a day on their summer vacation.
    He came here every day doing the same thing.
    There was nothing suave and glamorous about it.

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