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Filmmaker Ethan Coen to publish a book of poetry

May 6, 2011 |  2:18 pm

Ethancoen Filmmaker Ethan Coen, who with his brother Joel is responsible for the films "No Country for Old Men," "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski," among others, will publish a book of poetry next year with Crown.

The poetry collection, according to Publishers Weekly, will be called "The Day the World Ends." It is scheduled for publication in spring 2012.

Yes, that 2012. The same 2012 that some say a Mayan calendar predicts will bring unprecedented catastrophe: earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns.

Come to think of it, that sounds a little bit like 2011.

Anyway, NASA says that 2012 will not be the end of the world. It's just not in the stars.

But the end of the world will be on people's minds -- and within the pages of Coen's poetry collection, "The Day the World Ends." Nice timing, that.

This is Coen's second collection of poetry, after 2009's  "The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way." He is also the author of "Gates of Eden," a short story collection, and co-author of two Oscar-winning screenplays.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Ethan Coen in January. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times