One for the Rose

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A reissuing of One for the Rose, a collection of poetry by Philip Levine.

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A reissuing of One for the Rose, a collection of poetry by Philip Levine.

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Peter Stitt
“Philip Levine certainly must be ranked with the finest poets America has produced. He also belongs with those who are most thoroughly American, writing in the great tradition of William Carlos Williams—eschewing opera in favor of jazz, the drawing room in favor of the kitchen, the silk-covered cushion in favor of the bus-station bench. His Selected Poems is a monument for our age.”
Dave Smith
“. . . Mr. Levine’s poems always begin and remain grounded in a single, highly receptive consciousness which is a man’s alone. The language, the figures of speech, the narrative progressions of this consciousness are never so private, so obscure, so truncated as to forbid less sophisticated readers. Though he takes on the largest subjects of death, love, courage, manhood, loyalty, etc., he brings the mysteries of existence down into the ordinarily inarticulate events and objects of daily life. His speaker and subject is the abused and disabused spirit of the common yet singular self. He risks the maudlin, the sentimental, the banal, and worse because he cannot live in the world fully enough; because the world is so much with us all we must sing or die of its inexpressible presence.”
Dave Smith
“. . . Mr. Levine’s poems always begin and remain grounded in a single, highly receptive consciousness which is a man’s alone. The language, the figures of speech, the narrative progressions of this consciousness are never so private, so obscure, so truncated as to forbid less sophisticated readers. Though he takes on the largest subjects of death, love, courage, manhood, loyalty, etc., he brings the mysteries of existence down into the ordinarily inarticulate events and objects of daily life. His speaker and subject is the abused and disabused spirit of the common yet singular self. He risks the maudlin, the sentimental, the banal, and worse because he cannot live in the world fully enough; because the world is so much with us all we must sing or die of its inexpressible presence.”
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Meet the Author

PHILIP LEVINE was born in 1928 in Detroit and was formally educated there, at the public schools and at Wayne University. After a succession of industrial jobs he left the city and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the university until his retirement in 1992. He now teaches mainly at New York University in the creative writing program. His books have received many awards, most recently the National Book Award for What Work Is (1991) and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth. In 1997 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

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

Table of Contents

The Poem of Flight
The Myth
To a New Mother
Get Up
My Name
I Was Born in Lucerne
Salt
Ascension
Roofs
I Wanted You to Know
Never Before
That Day
You Can Cry
The Conductor of Nothing
Rain
Keep Talking
Above Jazz
The Window
Having Been Asked “What Is a Man?” I Answer

One for the Rose
The Fox
Making Soda Pop
Each Dawn
The Radio
Depot Bay
Genius
One
The Doctor of Starlight
The First Truth
To Cipriano, in the Wind
Belief
Rain Downriver
Sources
The Suit
Buying Earth
The Voice
Steel
On My Own
I Remember Clifford

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