New Selected Poems

New Selected Poems

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by Philip Levine
     
 

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LIGHTS I HAVE SEEN BEFORE 

The children are off somewhere
and when I waken
I hear only
the buzz of current
in the TV
and the refrigerator 

groaning against the coming
day. I rise and wash;
there is nothing
to think of except
the insistent push
of water, and the pipe's

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LIGHTS I HAVE SEEN BEFORE 

The children are off somewhere
and when I waken
I hear only
the buzz of current
in the TV
and the refrigerator 

groaning against the coming
day. I rise and wash;
there is nothing
to think of except
the insistent push
of water, and the pipe's

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Issued simultaneously with his newest book, What Work Is ( LJ 5/1/91), this selection contains all the poems Levine himself chose for inclusion in his earlier Selected Poems ( LJ 6/15/84), plus 15 new poems. This is a monumental work that somehow remains wonderfully accessible, largely because Levine has chosen pieces carefully, favoring shorter works and poems that address his staple themes of family (like ``Uncle'' and ``My Son and I'') and childhood (``Coming Home''). Many of the poems are powerfully imagistic, with telling one-word titles like ``Noon,'' ``Salami,'' ``Milkweed,'' ``Breath,'' ``Starlight,'' ``Snow,'' and ``Roofs.'' Also included are familiar anthology pieces like ``The Horse'' and ``They Feed the Lion.'' Levine is simply one of the best poets working in America today, a winner of the American Book Award, the Marshall Award, and the Lilly Poetry Prize. New Selected Poems and What Work Is constitute a virtually complete record of his work and are thus highly recommended for all poetry collections, large or small.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307761415
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

PHILIP LEVINE was born in 1928 in Detroit and was formally educated there, at the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs he left the city for good and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the University until his retirement. He has received many awards for his books of poems, including the National Book Award in 1991 for What Work Is, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Fresno, California
Date of Birth:
January 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
Education:
B.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa

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jillreno More than 1 year ago
A great among the many!
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