Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hollywood Poet

Movie and television director Stephen Gyllenhaal takes readers on a profoundly humanistic journey in CLAPTRAP: Notes from Hollywood, his first book of poetry. Recently published by Cantarabooks LLC, this impressive offering includes 46 poems that evoke marvelous cinematic images and stir the emotions, two things I always expect good poetry to do for me.

Gyllenhall, husband of screenwriter Naomi Foner and father of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, has directed the acclaimed films Paris, Trout and Losing Isaiah, but poetry seems to be the foundation of the many facets of his life as husband, father, movie-man, friend, and Hollywood observer, which probably explains why CLAPTRAP is such a rare treat to read and savor. Where can you find this hidden gem? Only at, a small new online company.

My complete review of CLAPTRAP: Notes from Hollywood is posted at Just look for the feature article entitled Behind the Glitz.


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