Not This Pig

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A compelling second collection of poetry.

"Not This Pigs shows [Levine] to be a poet of growing power and strangeness. In most of his poems Levine sketches in an apparently concrete experience, but he blurs the edges so that the reader is propelled into the realms of mystery."-Judson Jerome, Saturday Review

".one of the best books of poetry to come out of the sixties.his perspective is usually so healthy and so complete that I have come back to the poems again and again."-James ...

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Overview

A compelling second collection of poetry.

"Not This Pigs shows [Levine] to be a poet of growing power and strangeness. In most of his poems Levine sketches in an apparently concrete experience, but he blurs the edges so that the reader is propelled into the realms of mystery."-Judson Jerome, Saturday Review

".one of the best books of poetry to come out of the sixties.his perspective is usually so healthy and so complete that I have come back to the poems again and again."-James McMichael, The Southern Review

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“One of the best books of poetry to come out of the sixties . . . His perspective is usually so healthy and so complete that I have come back to the poems again and again”—James McMichael, Southern Review

“Not This Pig shows [Levine] to be a poet of growing power and strangeness… In most of his poems Levine sketches in an apparently concrete experience, but he blurs the edges so that the reader is propelled into the realms of mystery.”—Judson Jerome, Saturday Review

“Writing with seeming ease and no avant-garde pyrotechnics, [Levine] puts together poems…that have simultaneous bite and gentleness.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819510389
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Program Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 84
  • Sales rank: 1,462,231
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PHILLIP LEVINE holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wayne State University. He has published many books of poetry – of which Not This Pig was his second – as well as translations of poetry from the Spanish. Among his many awards are the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the American Book Award in 1980, and, most recently, the National Book Award in Poetry for 1991. He teaches at California State University and lives in Fresno.

Biography

On August 10th, 2011, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Philip Levine as the Library's 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2011-2012.

Levine will take up his duties in the fall, opening the Library's annual literary season with a reading of his work at the Coolidge Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 17.

"Philip Levine is one of America's great narrative poets," Billington said. "His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth'--about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives."

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

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