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The Gazer Within
The Gazer Within collects the prose of one of America's favorite poets. Refreshingly candid, laugh-out-loud funny, and, at the same time, intimate, the pieces trace Larry Levis's early years growing up on his father's farm, his decision at sixteen to become a poet, and his undergraduate experience in the days of the Vietnam War. In addition to memoir, there are critical re ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 16th 2001 by University of Michigan Press
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Intelligent, thought-provoking essays on a wide range of topics. The best of these, not strangely, were the narrative-based ones about other poets: Levine, Herbert, Stevens, Holub. The interview with David Wojahn was fun, too. For some reason, however, a number (half) of these essays seemed a bit to thick in the middle, at least for my tastes, a thing I never think about Levis' poems themselves. Still, there are many lucid moments here, as the title essay "The Gazer Within", a meditation on land ...more
A collection of essays about the craft of poetry and what it takes to choose the life of a poet. But besides all that, of course, it's Levis at his snarky, self-deprecating, witty best! Read it in the bath one night and thought how sad it was that I never got to bone him. Hey- read it and you'll see what I mean!
Larry Patrick Levis was born in Fresno, California, on September 30, 1946. His father was a grape grower, and in his youth Levis drove a tractor, pruned vines, and picked grapes in Selma, California. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno) in 1968, a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1970, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa i ...moreMore about Larry Levis...