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Poets' Favorite Movies

David Kirby

Here are 15 solid picks. And rather than comment, I've listed each as an Internet Movie Database link: as my tree surgeon says, "I don't like chocolate ice cream, but I hear they sell a lot of it," so let each viewer choose as he or she will!

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Cidade de Deus (2002)
Hard Candy (2005)
Manhunter (1986)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Lilja 4-ever (2002)
Matewan (1987)
Naked (1993)
Play Misty for Me (1971) 
UTU (1983)
Zulu (1964)


David Kirby is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University and the author of The House of Blue Light (2000)and The Ha-Ha (2003), both selected by Dave Smith for the Southern Messenger Poets series published by Louisiana State University Press. He has two books forthcoming in 2007, The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems (also by LSU Press) and an essay collection entitled Ultra-Talk: Johnny Cash, The Mafia, Shakespeare, Drum Music, St. Teresa Of Avila, And 17 Other Colossal Topics Of Conversation (University of Georgia Press). His work appears regularly in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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Speechless Spring 2007
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