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One for the Rose

One for the Rose

by Philip Levine

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


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

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Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date:
Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
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5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.40(d)

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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.”

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.

Brief Biography

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

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