Scene from the Movie GIANT

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ISBN 978-1-880684-12-2
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
55 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.4

Scene from the Movie GIANT

A 14 year-old boy sits in the darkness of the Holiday Theater watching a scene of anti-Mexican racism in a Rock Hudson / Elizabeth Taylore movie. This scene, this memory, is at the heart of Scene from the Movie GIANT, a remarkable book-length poem in five parts by Tino Villanueva. Villanueva excavates the meaning of this scene and in doing so grapples with urgent questions of cultural identity.
About the Author

Tino Villanueva (born December 11, 1941, San Marcos, Texas) is an American poet and writer.


"Tino's poetry reclaims the identity of every Chicano who has ever sat in the back row. The most moving poetry I've read in years!" --Rudolfo Anaya

"With beauty and wisdom, he restores that sense of place within each of us, that territory within the soul so often stolen by acts of racism and hatred." --Ana Baca

"All poems declare one thing: my heart aches...Villanueva's exceptional poems are evidence of poetry's redemptive powers of forgiveness and the solace people achieve through the word." --Harvard Review