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The Bridge Is Gone, ©2008, 113-page perfectbound (ISBN 978-1-929184-19-4). A powerful voice of reminiscence and awakening is revealed by Central Valley native son and poet Manny Moreno as he plumbs the depths of roots and soul; wrestling with the incongruities of the white man’s world to reclaim his place in the natural world amid the chaos and confusion. Manny’s poems gaze starkly into what America in the 21st Century has become. We’ve come so far yet lost so much in this procession disguised as progress. His lament is deep, heartfelt--and enlightening. Some stunning work in this collection of 59 poems.
Monolin Moreno is of Yaqui descent--his grandparents narrowly escaped Pancho Villa’s wrath during the Mexican Revolution by fleeing over the border and re-settling in California’s Great Central Valley in the early 1900s. This familial uprooting and forced relocation at the dawn of the last century--accompanied by the racial stereotypes and tragedies encountered in their adopted homeland--has left an indelible mark on this poet. In turn, what he has poured onto the pages will transform readers in the telling.
Moreno grew up in the Central Valley town of Livingston. Several of his poems have appeared previously in Song of the San Joaquin, a quarterly poetry journal from Modesto, California. This is his first published collection of work in paperback. Included are several illustrations by the author, along with historical and contemporary photographs from his family album. [Monolin is second from the left on the book’s cover.] This new edition is now available, [order now].
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review by . September 22, 2010
Perhaps it was because we are around the same age and have many years to look back on that I so much became involved and appreciated the poetry in The Bridge is Gone by Manny Moreno. Actually, he set me up right from the first page by adding a beautiful image, "Time." In fact, each image throughout the book took more time to study, than to read his beautiful words--they are that compelling.    Each of the five drawings, especially the one on the back cover, are worth the price …
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