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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:Native American
  • Language:English
  • Pages:74
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781667804071
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667804064

Longview Road

by Manny Monolin View publisher's profile page

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Overview
These autobiographical poems express hard-won wisdom and equilibrium. Monolin Manny Moreno offers a clear-eyed rootedness in place and family, love of and respect for Indigenous community and ceremony, the courage to examine dishonest and self-destructive choices, the compassion for those who are consumed by self-hatred, and the power of prayer, and the pain of forgiving.
Description
These autobiographical poems express hard-won wisdom and equilibrium. Monolin Manny Moreno offers a clear-eyed rootedness in place and family, love of and respect for Indigenous community and ceremony, the courage to examine dishonest and self-destructive choices, the compassion for those who are consumed by self-hatred, and the power of prayer, and the pain of forgiving. Moreno is not just a Central Valley poet, however, but also an accomplished photographer and painter, so first the reader lingers on the exquisite cover: a Moreno photograph of his niece looking out the door of a country shack in which his family spent years after the untimely death of his father. The shack, "we affectionately knew as home…. stands a sapped up elder/ready to cross over/a hollowed bone" ("Starting Out from Longview Road"). In this world, grandfathers plant willows and fruit trees, help build families a house, give boys the first tomato of the season and discourage them from sampling a habanero. They banish false identities with gentle but persistent truth-telling as when Grandpa Manuel tells the boy buckaroo who'd rather be on the side of the cowboys, "Tu eres indio, Yaqui/Tarascan/Never forget/Never be ashamed" ("Except for Tonto"). Moreno's family is also ravaged by alcoholism, as Moreno gets his first sip of wine when he is just nine ("Story of the Sips"). The elders of Native communities who break his self-destructive cycle and confirm his Indigenous identity, connecting him to his legacy of Indigenous heritage.
About the author
Monolin "Manny" Moreno is of Yaqui Tarascan descent and is an enrolled member of the state recognized Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. His Yaqui ancestry records date back to the late 1700's. He has two books published, both by Back40 Publishing; The Bridge is Gone, (poetry), and The Elder, (a tribute and remembrance of elders, Harry Jack and Barry Beaver Turner). Manny's poems are about the beauty and heartache of growing up in rural Livingston, where his grandparents settled in the early 1900's and about his rough and crazy decades in Stockton. Readers have admired the plain language, emotional power, and honesty of Moreno's verse. His poems have appeared in Song of the San Joaquin, Hincha for Moon Tide Press in June 2012. Moreno is a Sundancer and member of the Black Wolf Honor Society Gourd Clan and Native American Church. He has appeared on Native Voice TV in Santa Clara, KKUP Indian Time Radio in Cupertino and on Channel Ten for Native American Month. Manny has lectured and read his poems in many venues, most recently at Modesto Junior College (Modesto), and the Haggin Museum and Mexican Cultural Center (Stockton).

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