Paterson poster

Opens Friday, Feb 10

Featuring a video intro from Tulsa native and award-winning poet Ron Padgett, who wrote the poetry for the film. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. The film, from indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

 Poems and Pour Event – Friday, February 10 at 6:30

Join us as we celebrate the small details around the film: hear local authors perform pieces from William Carlos Williams’s poem “Paterson,” notice the nuances of the historic Circle Cinema theater, and taste New Jersey-inspired cocktails.

Tulsa native Ron Padgett, who wrote the poems used in the film, has recorded a special introduction to the film —to be released only to his Tulsa audience.

And because the careful observation of mundane objects and events is a basis for poetry, we (of course) want to hear what small details you find important. We’ll give you a notebook, a poetry prompt, and time to write your own poem before or after the film. Enter the poetry contest and you might just win Circle Cinema guest passes!

Thanks to Russell Maloy and John Williams of Premium Brands Wines and Spiritsfor the special juice. Thanks to Nimrod Journal for your community of local authors. Thanks to Circle Cinema for the encouraging prizes and for bringing such a intrinsic film to Tulsa. Thanks toMUSED. Organization‘s board member, NIMROD Poetry Editor, and TU professor, Grant Matthew Jenkins, for schooling us on the characters and ideas that inspired the film.