The Mercy 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 fro

  • Title: The Mercy
  • Author: Philip Levine
  • ISBN: 9780375701351
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 captuPhilip 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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    1. THESE WORDSIn the rainy cold weather of Aprilthe wind deposits scraps of odd letters,damp ragged stories only partly toldand left this morning outside my back door.I, who believe in the beauty of words,dry them in the oven until the papercurls, and then I begin to deciphertheir meaning if there is one or bestowsome meaning on them. On one page I findmy own name repeated over and overby someone in need of help, a womanwanting attention or love or money,a woman I have never met writingfrom Lexingt [...]

    2. It's the first time I've read Levine and I was surprised and pleased. He grew up in Detroit in the thirties and his first jobs were in places like the Chevy axle plant. Later he left, inspired by poetry and jazz and became a poet spending much of his life in Stockton, a place in many ways like Detroit. He published this book around sixty five and the poems are a sort of summing up of his early life: his family, particularly his mother (The Mercy was the ship she rode to America as a child); work [...]

    3. Poignant MemoryPhilip Levine was born in Detroit to immigrant Jewish parents. The adjustment his family made to a new land, together with the poverty of the Depression, has made a deep imprint on his writing. He worked at a succession of blue-collar jobs before becoming a professor in Fresno, California. He has received both the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry.In the poems of "The Mercy", the poet looks back upon incidents in his life or in the lives of those dear to hi [...]

    4. I discovered Philip Levine while surfing the Atlantic Monthly (or is it just called Atlantic?) website. Two of his poems really spoke to me: He would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do and The Return. I especially liked He would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do because at the time I was dealing with someone who talked non-stop about every intimate detail of his life- and it drove me crazy.

    5. I feel with Philip Levine such a plain emotional connection. all of his poetry feels so grounded, feels so much like stories being passed down to me. his work is a kind of midwestern mythology, and the longer you read it, the more familiar you become with the characters and geography. There's no required previous reading for this collection. It'd make a great introduction to his work.

    6. Levine is one of the most lively poets whose books I've read or who I've heard read in person. His Detroit steel background melds with the tough-soft potrayals of characters, dialogue, and vivid settings. Like a good short story with a beginning, middle, and end, Levine leaves the reader feeling complete.Philip Levine

    7. I had the privilege of hearing him read a few of his poems a couple nights ago at the Univ. of MDCP and he was captivating. I look forward to poring over his work and recapturing what I felt that night.

    8. This is my first time reading Philip Levine, and it was a happy discovery. A number of the poems are gritty and memorable, yet a number also seem to fall off and Levine doesn't really pull them off. All in all, powerful, memorable, yet uneven.

    9. Philip Levine captures people at poignant moments in time where simple acts seem like a gift of mercy. The rich emotional overtones help paint the experience beyond the setting and people. He uses a storytelling mode, that entices the reader into the collection and into each poem.

    10. Fascinating blue-collar, working-class poetry which beautifully invokes a crushing industrial landscape and the endless struggle of its denizens to carve out decent, human lives within it.

    11. This is the guy I want to take to a smokey bar after a long week just to have him buy me a shot of whiskey and tell me what it feels like going down.

    12. I was about halfway through this when I lent it to Ryler before he left on tour. It was okay - so far Levine isn't my cup of tea, but he's definitely a good writer.

    13. Maybe my favorite collection of hisough I haven't read each of his books. My personal favorite poem from this collection is 'After Leviticus'. Think about the title after you've read it

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