The Film

POETRY IN MOTION...

The Merrimack will be a collaborative feature film about authentic people of Lowell, Massachusetts. This underdog story takes us on a journey through past and present Lowell, capturing a place in time as seen from a poet's street-level view of this city so rich in history and culture, 

A young poet inherits an unfinished manuscript about Lowell written by his deceased uncle, a native Lowellian, and is determined to complete it.

While enlisting individuals from diverse backgrounds to contribute to this collection of poetry and prose, the poet shares experiences with people of many generations, socio-economic backgrounds, and cultures - highlighting their connectedness. Through these characters’ contributions to the manuscript the history of the city is illuminated and explored in relation to its significance to America and the world.

People from all walks of life will connect with this story as they identify with the myriad of characters portrayed.

 

If I could tell you what it is…

It’s poetry and it never cease to exist…

It’s in the Spirit—the way a writer looks at the world in which he lives…

Writin’ blues songs and poem lyrics...

Move forward and respect the steps...

Cold next to the river like Robert Frost but look…

The Spirit movin’ my hand so you know the Penn-a-cook…

Native to this place but God sent Eliot just like He sent the Book…

Full’a poetry.

Poetic is Lowell…

The scribble tool comes out and things get written through...

Look up to see a crescent moon…

Inspired by the way those clouds are driftin’ over that street light…

Lookin’ gray in the light blue sky…

Over the roofs of the houses—down comes the night…

Clear in the Town & the City…

Is your mind’s eye here in Pawtucketville with me?...

Little kids playin’ in this street…

The sights and the sounds…

Ridin’ they bikes all around…

Everywhere I go in Galloway there’s an atmosphere that I’ve found…

I tend to think about Kerouac…

I like to give him the respect of callin’ him Jack…

Just another poet birthed next to the Merrimack as I jot in this notepad...

*Excerpts from "The Poet" (J. Stevens, 2013)