The Poetry Question

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Modine, From Private Joker to Jesus was a Commie.

**** UPDATE**** Modine’s new film, Jesus Was a Commie, has reached the iTunes top 10, and he has asked that if anyone has additional questions, to feel free and post them here, and he will answer them.

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Matthew Modine is one of the most recognizable faces in the movie industry. From Full Metal Jacket to Memphis Belle to Married to the Mob and even The Dark Knight Rises, Modine has played such an incredible variety of characters. With his last film, Jesus was a Commie being nominated for and winning several independent film awards, it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon. The Poetry Question had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Modine about his incredible career, and of course, the meaning of poetry.


TPQ: What are your earliest memories as a reader? Were there books that you remember being read as a child? Was there a favorite reading moment? Maybe a light bulb moment where you realized that you were reading a text that would define your life?

Modine: Dr Suess. I’m the youngest of seven children. We had, I believe, everyone…

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About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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