The Widening Spell of the Leaves (Pitt Poetry Series)


Establishes him indisputably and once and for all as one of the younger masters."--North American Review
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Establishes him indisputably and once and for all as one of the younger masters."--North American Review
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These long poems join fragments of past pk events with present-day observations, creating gauzy reveries that lure the reader into the poet's dreamy consciousness. What Levis ( Winter Stars ) sees as he looks back is a life populated with images of blankness and extinction, pointing up that we are merely temporary residents in the void that is existence, ``ticking away into / what we can do nothing about.'' Experience occurs as a series of existential still-lifes, frozen moments in time. Remembering a trip to Oaxaca, Levis recalls the ``hush of the mountains above the . . . hush / Of the plaza . . . the / hush that is / Held in paintings the way a breath is held, but held / forever.'' In another poem, Levis asks what it means to be American. He answers: ``It means, mostly, to go unnoticed . . . to type behind a / desk all day where no one / Sees you . . . . To perform your whole life in a silence.'' If Levis's transitions are sometimes unclear, his images are always pk piquant, particularly the final one of this powerful collection: ``Riding beside me, your seat belt around your invisible / waist. Sweet Nothing. Sweet, sweet Nothing.'' (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822936756
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Ser.
  • Pages: 77

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