The Emperor (Ciné) Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese shot by David Shankbone courtesy Wiki-Commons

 

through his eyes, the image moves
through his smile, compassion warms
in his heart, passion throbs and flows
arteries pump the veins of his thought

his imagination shapes our dreams
viewed in theaters of darkness
we careen curving emotions
where streets ooze both shadows and doubts

rock pulses a steady rhythm
harsh angles support the symbols
sirens blast the windy canyons
stark shadows cross the city walls

his throne an unused canvas chair
his instrument – the perfect lens
his memory precise and clear
his heroes praised by reference

like Adam he claims the Apple
with all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch
he frames climax with redemption
there struggle hangs on family branch

unravels time through tense conflict
history furnishes his home
he views lives in sequential strips
where all roads lead away from Rome

© Gay Reiser Cannon * 7/31/12 * All Rights Reserved

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43 thoughts on “The Emperor (Ciné) Martin Scorsese

  1. ike Adam he claims the Apple
    with all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch
    he frames climax with redemption
    there conflict hangs on family branch

    and

    he views lives in sequential…all roads lead away…

    some really cool lines and a nice homage to great film maker..he def broguht a few stories alive for me…..

    • Thank you for find the phrases apt. One never quite knows if they work as one composes them. I didn’t want to say New York and found that big apple metaphor apt for so many instances in his films.

  2. He is the king…he does create worlds from within, which then become our worlds. Your stanzas tie his many threads together. Not just a tribute, but a rendering of what artistry is all about. Much enjoyed.

  3. a wonderful poetic tribute to a director whose work I much admire

    like Adam he claims the Apple
    with all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch

    • Too high a praise altogether, but as I am needy today, I will take it unabashedly and thank you profusely for the comparison! 😉

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  6. One of my fav cinemagraphers/directors. I love his mind and creativety, and expression of thought. A very fitting tribute and an excellentely constructed poem. A plus!!!!

  7. “we careen curving emotions
    where streets ooze both shadows and doubts

    rock pulses a steady rhythm
    harsh angles support the symbols
    sirens blast the windy canyons
    stark shadows cross the city walls”

    This evokes many of his films for me, the feel of watching them. I like the progression here from his method/film to his throne, to his risking all for knowledge and redmption follows. as it should. A fine homage!

    • I was hoping to do double duty with that stanza, Susan. I watched several interviews where he discussed “method”. He said he changes camera angles in order to evoke emotions, or to let a scene anchor a particular symbol. He always says that there are details in nearly every scene that explicate a kind of guilt felt both by gangsters and saints when things go wrong, when they have a sense they’ve broken the code. The Catholicism that shadows his life also shadows his films and I wanted to evoke that by using “cross” as a verb. Thank you!

  8. An interesting comparison with the Emperor, the (holy) Roman Empire, and the strength and stability of a fathering vision. All my fave lines have already been quoted. You’ve made me want to see more of his films–I just watched Shutter Island the other night and had no idea he had anything to do with it. Regardless, the language and imagery here are outstanding.

    • Thank you Joy for understanding that part.
      Scorsese made an entire film on the effect of Italian directors on his work. For that reason and because both sets of his parents were immigrants from Italy/Sicily and spoke Italian at home, and that he grew up on Elizabeth St. on the lower east side of Manhattan in little Italy. He does stand as a direct contrast to a Roman Caesar; however he is like the characteristics attributed to the Emperor in the Tarot deck – four walls, four legs of a chair, solid, responsible, a father figure, dedicated to a singular purpose. That line ” all roads lead away from Rome” was my first and I built the poem around it…dictating the 8 syllable lines and the slightly to very slanted “rhyme”.

  9. Somewhere in a quiet corner of the globe Scorsese is smiling; a wonderful tribute, full of insight, love of cinema, of history, of literature, of poetry. I like the line /he frames climax with redemption/. What is truly wonderful is that Marty has not shown us his best film yet, or run out of ideas; more than royalty, more than historian, he is one of the gods of cinema.

    • I agree Glenn. He has so many projects under way – we have to wish him good health for 30 more years at least. If you get a chance, watch the documentary on Jack Cardiff – narrated in part by Scorsese. He was “in pictures” as they said from 1918 until 1993 or ’94. Amazing cinematographer!

  10. An unusual tribute to a great filmaker. I love the lines about all roads leading away from home. Original…well played out!

  11. Very clever and original poem! You should send it to him. I confess to not having seen the last few New York films, but I loved Hugo, which was last I saw. The close here is especially wonderful, and I even felt hints of The Last Waltz. K.

  12. This is my favorite part:

    “like Adam he claims the Apple
    with all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch
    he frames climax with redemption”

    Funny, I just finished a poem in which all roads lead to Rome. 🙂

  13. love how you capture him gay…he’s an awesomely talented man and doing an outstanding work..esp. loved the last two stanza with adam, claiming the apple, the grit and the all roads leading away from Rome..great!!

  14. like Adam he claims the Apple
    with all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch
    he frames climax with redemption
    there struggle hangs on family branch

    Impressive verse. A very enjoyable write

  15. Beautiful poem- great word usage that just ooozes that untangible poetic loveliness….great subject matter- film directors have such an eye, and are so Influential culturally (even though we might not realise it)- and as for mr Scorsese- he’s the champ- taxi driver still remains in my top films of all time

  16. Love this deconstruction of Scorcese. What a genius. The line that really hit me was the apple, with “all its dirt, grit, juice and crunch,” because that’s the type of director he is: The whole apple. Nothing spared, nothing wasted, and absolutely, essentially truth through his lens. Astoundingly good, Gay!

    Thanks also for your comments on my blog about the girls who cut. You’re a sympathetic soul. And yes, I think social media have encouraged the worst in our kids, our youth… just as there were bullies in school, there are passive/aggressive cowards on the Net, and some girls cannot take the pressures… and some boys as well… This might interest you. Peace, Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2010/07/19/taking-it-with-them-the-girls/

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