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  • Paperback: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (15 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375711902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375711909
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 0.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,725,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Levine's poetry is serious, light, formally adjusted. As a poet, I had a decisive influence from him. Strongly recommend por poets and poetry lovers...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An iron eye with a tender heart 22 Aug. 2013
By Jeff A. Berger - Published on
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Phillip Levine is a master. He makes poems look easy because the clarity of his language rings with the authority of experience. These poems reflect on memory and time's passage. His usual themes of the meaning of work , of making a living with one's hands continue in this volume and are fresh and wise and touching. Returning to Levine in this book, one feels the familiarity of a grandfather whose stories one wants to hear again and again. Like all the best poets, he is trustworthy and precise and inspires the reader to a similar honesty. And his rythyms, without ostentation, are beautiful.
Philip Levine can still make up good news. 26 Mar. 2014
By Avraham Azrieli - Published on
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Philip Levine, winner of the National Book Award for "What Work Is" and the Pulitzer Prize for "The Simple Truth" offers here a collection that speaks to all five senses with powerful imagery and subtle perceptions of, well, the world and our lives in it.

Levine is more than a poet. He is a storyteller. Many of the poems in this volume could be read as stories, or reflections, of a life lived fully. Work, friends, love, and the mix of joy and sadness that aging brings about. Levine does not shy away from naming names (his blind brother, a former air force man, or the German author W.G. Sebald).

Another constant in Levine’s vast work is the tactile sense of working with your hands, of feeling the world not only in your heart (or your pocketbook), but with the tips of your fingers and the muscles in your arms—or in your back. His style is matter-of-fact, not pretentious or stridently clever, but sensitive and considerate of the reader’s intelligence and sensitivity.

Conversation, or direct address, is another pleasure Levine serves at just the right temperature. Here, for example, in a section from the poem "Our Valley," where Levine invokes both tangible topography and the unknown: “...and at that moment you can almost believe something is waiting beyond the Pacheco Pass, something massive, irrational, and so powerful even the mountains that rise east of here have no word for it. You probably think I’m nuts saying the mountains have no word for ocean...”

With that, Levine invites us into the intimacy of both his reminiscence of the past and his imagination of what’s awaiting beyond the ‘pass.’ And if this weren’t poetry, we would call it suspense, or mystery, or memoir, or maybe a travelogue that reports a journey both to the past and into the future, traveling on the same uneven plane.

This review is by Avraham Azrieli, author of "The Jerusalem Inception" and other novels.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Vignettes from a life 15 Jun. 2013
By R. M. Peterson - Published on
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This is Philip Levine's twentieth book of poems, but only the second that I have read. It confirms my impression of Levine from the first book: while he is not a great poet, he is, for me at least, a worthwhile and congenial one. The poems, by and large, are based on people or personal experiences from Levine's long and rather wide-ranging life. They are serious in tone, but neither portentous nor pretentious (they are not "arty"). They are presented in what I think of as "free verse", with lines of roughly equal length. Most are one to two pages; none in this collection is more than three pages long. They are readily comprehensible: reading Levine is not like some sort of divination of the entrails of a slaughtered bird. So, by the time you get to the end of poem, you don't wonder what it was all about, nor do you regret having spent the minute or two reading it.

I marked six of these thirty-two poems as ones to return to some day. One of the six has the great title "Of Love and Other Disasters". Another, "Innocence", juxtaposes Levine's brother, now blind and living in a house overlooking the Pacific but who as a young man in World War II was based in England and served in the Air Corps that flew bombing missions over Germany, with the German author W.G. Sebald (unnamed in the poem), who on a walking trip through East Anglia meets a gardener who tells him that in the bombing missions over Germany, "50,000 American lads died". The poem ends:

* * * When I tell him
of the 50,000 airmen the gardener told
the novelist about, his blind eyes
tear up, for above all my older brother
is a man of feeling, and his memory is precise--
like a diamond--and he says, "Not that many."
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