Smoke, Lilies and Jade

Upon reading (or attempted to read, I should say) “Smoke, Lilies and Jade”, I was very confused as to what was going on. I knew this reading was going to be a piece of work because of all of the ellipses. The ellipses gave me that feeling that there was a lot of emotion either in the poem itself or there was a lot of emotion while Richard Bruce Nugent was writing this. After reading it I think it was a little bit of both.

My featured image is one of the promotional posters used for the 2016 film entitled, Moonlight. I used it because this poem made me think of this film right away. First I would like to say that the film is absolutely phenomenal and if you haven’t seen it then I think you should. Unless you’re homophobic. I loved it because it took an unexpected turn that I have not seen in a black film before. I actually don’t think I can name any film I saw that surrounds a male battling the truth of his sexuality. But anyways I think this movie broke barriers for Hollywood films and I was very happy when I found out it won the Academy award for Best Picture.

Being an openly gay black male is a touchy subject in Hollywood and in general so to develop a wonderfully constructed film that brings light to a battle that a lot of men face was extremely impressive in my opinion. The different lighting and camera angles gave off a deep feeling throughout the entire movie. For example, within the first 15 minutes of the film you get a feeling of suspense and maybe even a little confusion. Not because of the storyline but because of the lack of dialogue and the usage of different light colors. I concluded that the movie was made this way to trigger several different emotions out of the viewer. You get the feeling that you’re not entirely sure where the storyline is going, let alone where it starts, but it’s so captivating that you have the need to keep watching because you’re not sure why you’re even confused in the first place. This is the same feeling I got from “Smoke, Lilies and Jade”. Despite having similar themes of being confused about sexuality and experimenting with the same sex, both storylines share the same feeling of suspense and intensity.

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