Jane Campion’s gorgeous film, Bright Star, as noted here on Scarriet  [click here and here for our 2 articles], was hardly discussed on the Poetry Foundation’s Blog:Harriet  despite the well-written and timely article by Abigail Deutsch [click here] — yet another example of the failure of Harriet  to discuss anything to do with poetry after the blood-letting of September 1st.

We at Scarriet  had a feeling this sobering, sad, but breathtakingly beautiful effort on behalf of the poet John Keats and his friend Fanny Brawne, by one of the best directors in the business, would be ignored by the entertainment industry’s honoring system as well.

Avoiding every pitfall of the Hollywood bio-pic, Bright Star  features an intelligent script, extremely moving performances by Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Kerry Fox, Paul Schneider, and Edie Martin, (as Fanny’s little sister) and  is a feast for the eyes and ears.

The old days, when films such as Amadeus and Room With A View earned major nominations and awards, seem to be gone.

Let’s skip the rant on the increase of cultural ignorance—for such a thesis could only be a rant.

We’ll just recommend you get the CD soundtrack, or see Bright Star, with its moving depiction of Keats,  Charles Armitage Brown, Fanny Brawne and her family.

And switch from Harriet to Scarriet, of course, to stay abreast of what’s really happening in poetry!


  1. Christopher Woodman said,

    December 22, 2009 at 4:29 am

    We just had one of our biggest days ever on Scarriet, and today looks as if it will even surpass it. So obviously there are a lot of people out there who are interested in what is really happening in the world of poetry as it unfolds on Scarriet.

    Harriet seems interested as well, or at least we suspect it was somebody associated with Harriet who hacked into Scarriet, messed up the editorial structures including the passwords, and left some grafitti behind for all the world to see. Check out Christopher Woodman’s last comment on the preceding post, “Travis Plays His Final Card,” and look what they did to his user-name [Click here].

    Do you think The Poetry Foundation is going to be proud of whoever sought to improve its reputation by defacing a user-name on Scarriet?

    And do you remember when Alan Cordle posted a grab of the IPs of the individuals who were leaving obscene messages on his Blog in August 2009 shortly before he was banned from Blog:Harriet altogether? Do you remember where they were from? Well, Click here if you don’t.

    So who needs friends like that?


  2. thomasbrady said,

    December 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Scarriet did discuss Bright Star back in September, for those of you who missed it:

    Yes, a lot of visitors today! Welcome, everyone!

  3. thomasbrady said,

    February 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Oscars have completely snubbed this beautiful film as well.

    The entertainment industry promoting the usual smarmy crap…

    Nothing new here, of course, but one gets the feeling as the old guard dies off, a shallow frat boy crassness seems to be increasing…

    The industry’s sense of history seems to be: re-making horror films. Their sense of taste…well, there is none.

    A shame.

  4. thomasbrady said,

    February 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Silliman discussing this year’s Oscar nominations….DOH!

    No one in po-biz is outraged at Bright Star’s snub…?

    No wonder the public is turned off poetry…po-biz can’t even bring itself to defend one of its own…