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Poets' Favorite Movies

Peter Everwine

Here are 10 movies, in no particular order. I could easily have chosen 10 other movies, I suppose, but these 10 ring like true classics for me and never fail to move me again when I see them or even hold them in memory. And their importance to me varies. But, here they are:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Night of the Hunter
On the Waterfront
The Third Man
Dark Eyes (Oci Ciornie)
Wild Strawberries
Time of the Gypsies
The General
Shane
The Grapes of Wrath


Peter Everwine's most recent collection of poems is From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems (University of Pittsburgh).  Previous collections include Collecting the Animals  (Atheneum), which was a Lamont Selection and a nominee for the National Book Award, and Keeping the Night  (Atheneum).  He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He retired from California State University, Fresno, in 1992.

"That all sounds very formal and academic.  Nowhere does it say that I spent early Saturday afternoons rooting for Johnny Weismuller, Tom Mix, Buster Crabbe, and Johnny Mac Brown, my first poets. Leechburg, my very small town, had two movie houses. Now they have none. Some progress."

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Speechless Spring 2007
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Tebot Bach