News of the World

ISBN-10: 0307272230
ISBN-13: 9780307272232
Edition: 2009
Authors: Philip Levine
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Description: A new collection from "a great American poet . . . still at work on his almost-song of himself"(The New York Times Book Review). In both lively prose poems and more formal verse Philip Levine brings us news from everywhere: from Detroit, where  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/6/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 80
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

A new collection from "a great American poet . . . still at work on his almost-song of himself"(The New York Times Book Review). In both lively prose poems and more formal verse Philip Levine brings us news from everywhere: from Detroit, where exhausted workers try to find a decent breakfast after the late shift, and Henry Ford, "supremely bored" in his mansion, clocks in at the plant . . . from Spain, where a woman sings a song that rises at dawn through an open window like the dust of ages . . . from Andorra, where an old communist can now supply you with anything you wanta French radio, a Cadillac, or, if you have a week, an American film star. There are poems about a haunting pastan immigrant working in a loud automotive shop yearns for the silence of his native Siberiaand about a haunted present: in "Our Valley," the presence of the ocean, "something massive, irrational, powerful" on the other side of mountains that "maintain that huge silence we think of as divine." You have to remember this isn't your land. It belongs to no one, like the sea you once lived beside and thought was yours. Remember the small boats that bobbed out as the waves rode in, and the men who carved a living from it only to find themselves carved down to nothing. Now you say this is home, so go ahead, worship the mountains as they dissolve in dust, wait on the wind, catch a scent of salt, call it our life. A rich, deeply felt collection from one of our master poets.

As a poet, Levine has been preoccupied with domestic and modern urban life, loneliness, and love. His poetry is somber, reflective, and restrained; his language simple and direct. His take on the modern world is dark and unsentimental. Born in Detroit, Levine has taught writing at a number of universities, including Berkeley, Princeton, and Columbia. Levine was appointed the Library of Congress 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2011-2012.

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