Mercy Poems

ISBN-10: 0375701354

ISBN-13: 9780375701351

Edition: 1999

Authors: Philip Levine, Philip Levine

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Philip Levine's new collection of poems (his first since The Simple Truth was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) is a book of journeys: the necessary ones that each of us takes from innocence to experience, from youth to age, from confusion to clarity, from sanity to madness and back again, from life to death, and occasionally from defeat to triumph. The book's mood is best captured in the closing lines of the title poem, which takes its name from the ship that brought the poet's mother to America: A nine-year-old girl travels all night by train with one suitcase and an orange. She learns that mercy is something you can eat again and again while the juice spills over your chin, you can wipe it away with the back of your hands and you can never get enough.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

Smoke
Flowering Midnight
After Leviticus
Drum
Orphans
The Communist Party
And That Night Clifford Died
The Three Crows
Photography 2
Reinventing America
The Cafe
Salt and Oil
Joe Gould's Pen
The Search for Lorca's Shadow
The Sea We Read About
Sundays with Lungo
The Unknowable
I Caught a Glimpse
Night Words
Once
Philosophy Lesson
"He Would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do"
The Mortal Words of Zweik
Little Apple of My Eye
Clouds Above the Sea
The New World
After the War
Black Stone on Top of Nothing
The Dead
The Evening Turned Its Back Upon Her Voice
These Words
Cesare
It Was Autumn
The Return
Northern Motive
The Mercy
The Secret
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