Dance

Once upon a winter’s glow,

I did venture to see a show,

A show so dark and oddly brooding, filled with misery and woe.

A new musical did appear,

At the Edge Theater it did premiere,

Nevermore:

The imaginary life and death of Edgar Allen Poe.

 

Upon the stage seven players did regale,

A musical rendition of the troubled poet’s tale,

With songs on pointe in pitch and scale,

Depicting Poe’s tragic life,

Filled with sadness, death, drunkenness, and strife

His countenance and will, through hardships made frail.

 

The cast of players did their thing,

Though some fell short when they tried to sing,

While others, like Poe! What a talent was he! whose heart and soul he did bring,

To the characters of a man both fascinating and strange,

He conveyed happiness, sadness, and showed a great range,

To the moon- which he reached- he did swing.

 

The music was ominous, and lyrics were dark,

The storyline has substance and hit the mark,

And covered all aspects of a story, that was anything but stark.

This well written piece was an enjoyable jaunt,

On a mystery of death that continues to haunt,

Their endeavor was clearly not just a lark.

 

Against many a theater I am willing to measure,

This piece and its cast did bring the audience pleasure,

It stands on its own and with some casting changes, could make a piece Chicago could treasure.

Poe is a topic du jour, many plays and stories are being written,

Of the man and his Raven whom the world still is smitten,

You’d do well to see this young play at your leisure.


Go to the theater I do implore!

To see this musical with an artistic score,

And be dazzled and delighted, by a life immortalized in lore.

This is a play I think you must see,

To the Edge Theater you must flee,

Before this play is…nevermore!

 

Nevermore- The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe! Runs through January 28th at

The Edge Theater

5451 N Broadway, Chicago

http://nevermorechicago.brownpapertickets.com

On Friday, January 19, in honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, audience members are invited to join us after the show for a complementary Prosecco toast to the great author and poet!

Published in Theatre Reviews
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:24

Suzanne Puckett; Poetry at its finest

You tore him down! Discredited his name ~ Made him lie, cry and beg ~ Hold his head in shame
 
Poetry writers have been around since the beginning of time. People enjoy their works of art as they connect with the emotions of the writer. The reader feels the mood the writer was in when they wrote the piece at hand. Their eyes become one with the page as the words dance among their visual cortex and their imagination flows. Suzanne Puckett is one of those writers that you can connect with and her writings are just amazing.

Suzanne, who goes by the nickname ‘Snoopy,’ was raised in a small town of Ohio, and is currently living in Dundalk, Ireland. She has spent a lot of her life writing from her personal experiences in which she has had many. Influenced by Maya Angelou and William Butler Yates, her poetry is something to read.

Puckett went through some life changing times that actually became the inspiration for some incredible works. “I love to write about the human condition, nature, and drama. Specifically, the conditions us humans have that deal with emotion, mistakes, and redemption.” Suzanne continued, “I get a good amount of my inspiration from the beauty in life, as well as, the tragedy in life. I have learned that embracing both are of equal importance.”

Snoopy is really busy with her writings right now. She has been published. Watermark Press released an Anthology book of poems in 2000 which included one of her poems, “Core of Revenge.” She self publishes on Facebook at the page Poetry of Suzanne Puckett.

“I am also currently working on a book of some of my collected works of poetry that I am self publishing.” The book was set to come out in September of 2017, but the release date has been delayed. “I am currently waiting on the artist for the book to finish their part of it. So, it looks like it will be released closer to the end of this November.”

Although Puckett does not have a favorite poem she tends “to view all of them as equally important.” She discussed more writings, “I would have to say that the screenplay that took me thirteen years to write is the piece of writing that is really closest to my heart. I am making a movie. It's in pre-production right now with a working title Programmed. It is loosely based on my experiences as a teen.”
Her poetry was recently featured on the radio show Asylum for Your Soul. The show originates in Ontario, Canada; Whistle FM 102.9. Host Ken Cowle who is a publisher and also a poet thought highly of the works from Suzanne Puckett to have her works mentioned on the air. She was the featured writer and unveiled several of Puckett’s works.

A piece that shows some darker times is one called “Abuse.” The opening attention-getter reads, “They tried to break me, drain me Rape life from me, well, let them try.” The piece continues about washing her brain, doing the time, and being told where to go. It’s a very emotional piece that shows the inner mind of Puckett.

Her magnificent writing “Full Circle” is a piece that just touches your soul. The words jump off the page as the reader engages the poem and keeps their interest within every word. It grabs you and brings you into the piece. Every single one of her writings does this as they are truly great works of art.

“Bee in Your Hive” is a very interesting poem. “It was written for a dear friend who was feeling down. I wrote it to cheer her up.” It’s a well written poem that states, “Take me with you in spirit.” It’s just a beautiful thought put to paper.
 
Lay your fear down
At my feet
Relax
Have a seat
As I walk inside of you
Silently
Hold me with your heart
So tight
Remember me
Use all of your might
In your time of need
Throughout your plight
 
Poetry is not something that you can just whip up. It’s very time consuming to find the right words. Snoopy is a writer who takes her time in finding the right things to say. “Missing me” is a poem that shows a unique writing style. She discusses reuniting with a former love who just doesn’t seem to be interested. “You kissed me but you completely missed me,” are the words to describe disappointment. The poem describes how beautiful things could be, but he kissed her “Without a care.” Sad poem, but it’s something that everyone in their life goes through at some point; seeing the heartache of human relations. Suzanne finalized this poem with the conclusion, “I’m still here.”

Several other pieces can be viewed on Facebook including “How I went,” “Renewal,” and just an incredible work of art call, “Peace and Tranquility.” This piece of poetry has a mourning side to it as it discusses the loss of someone who went through a terrible time during his last minutes of life.

Suzanne Puckett really has a way with words. She catches the reader and becomes one with them. The writer is grabbed by their imagination and taken into the poem. The reader feels the life experiences for the piece at hand. As they become one with the piece, it’s quite clear that Suzanne Puckett is one of those writers that you can connect with. Her writings are just amazing!

 

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