New Selected Poems
Philip Levine's New Selected Poems (1984) by adding to it a generous choice of major from each of the two volumes that followed it: Sweet Will (1985) and A Walk With Tom Jefferson (1988).
Levine's work is characterized by a sort of relentless tetrameter that one might wish he varied; the patient accumulation of details that are, at times, surreal and at times seem to have drawn directly from lived experience; his focus on topics such as the nature ...more
The last poem in the book, is "A Walk with Tom Jefferson" Tom Jefferson is a black guy, who has moved up from Alabama to take part in the car manufacture business. ...more
He taught for over thirty years at the English Department of California State University, Fresno and held teaching positions at other universities as well. He is appointed to serve as the Poet Laureate of t ...more