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'Dark Knight Rises' Death Threats Now Inspiring Poetry

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire July 23, 2012 at 5:48PM

"This kind of insane behavior unquestionably / Merits a long look: / At least the Salman Rushdie fatwa involved / An entire book."
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"The Dark Knight Rises."
"The Dark Knight Rises."

I'm fortunate enough to receive a fair share of interesting and gratifying feedback from readers, but to the best of my knowledge this is the first time that my work has inspired poetry. 

Tony Peyser, a contributor to Southern California Public Radio, sent me the following poem from his blog, PeyserPoem, which takes Criticwire's coverage of the death threats hurled at film critic Marshall Fine over his "Dark Knight Rises" review as its inspiration. By now, we've seen this story covered from every conceivable angle -- except from the angle of rhymed verse. Finally we have crossed that final frontier. I, for one, feel luck to have witnessed it.

Thanks to Tony Peyser for allowing us to reprint his poem. And here it is.

Trailer For The Movie-Connected Mass Shooting

Last Monday, longtime film writer Marshall Fine
Was the first critic who
Had posted on Rotten Tomatoes a rather negative
“Dark Knight Rises” review.

The response was both nasty & rapid:
The film geeks’ collective cry
Was so incensed that many expressed
The view that Fine must die.

This kind of insane behavior unquestionably
Merits a long look:
At least the Salman Rushdie fatwa involved
An entire book.

A death threat over a movie review?
This is now how bad it can get
With mouth-breathing knuckleheads
Typing amok on the internet.

Online anonymity can easily unleash those
Who may feel even a slight snub
To get in touch with their inner Tyler Durden
And act as if they’re in “Fight Club.”

Did these rants cause the Colorado attack?
No --- but they sure don’t help.
If you can’t be civil, stay off such sites and
Resume (or start) whining on Yelp.

I think it was Coleridge -- or maybe Denny O'Neil, I'm not sure -- who said poetry was the best words in their best order. Either way, I agree, and hold this extended piece of eloquence as my proof.

Read more of Tony Peyser's work at PeyserPoem.

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