Poets' Favorite Movies
Favorite movie moments:
1. The moment in Yojimbo when the hero gets
his sword back.
2. When Dorothy opens the farmhouse door and sees
Oz for the first time.
3. Laurel & Hardy's dancing in Way Out West.
4. The story about story: The Chamber Maid on
5. The long take on the way to the bank robbery in
Gun Crazy. (The original movie not the remake)
6. When Annie Laurie sits on the bed and slips on
her stockings in Gun Crazy.
7. The take on the theme of literary talent in
Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery.
8. Bill Bo-jangles Robertson dancing in any movie.
His dance up the stairs with Shirley Temple.
9. Fred Astair's dancing with or without a partner.
10. The a cappella singing of a Duke Ellington
number in The Harmonists.
11. Favorite western: The Hi-Low Country
with Woody Harrelson.
Richard Garcia's books of poetry include
The Flying Garcias (University of Pittsburgh Press) Rancho
Notorious and The Persistence of Objects (both from
He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson Program for
Writers. His awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the
National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the
Cohen Award from Ploughshares. He lives with his wife Katherine
Williams and their dog Louise on James Island, South Carolina.