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1933: Poems

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Unknown Binding, 68 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Atheneum
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Kelsey Williams
1933 by Philip Levine

Philip Levine has a very dark style of writing, in 1933. Throughout the book his poems are very consistent in appearance, but at the same time he varies the stanza breaks to make each poem different, but still fit the overall collection.
Levine’s form of writing is in slender columns, and he uses mostly enjambed lines. An example can be found in the poem 1933 “the voice in the dark asking / he drove the car all the way to the river / where the ships burned / he rang with key
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Marik Casmon
Jun 15, 2009 Marik Casmon rated it it was amazing
Philip Levine is one of the half dozen greatest poets of my life. This volume, which was published in the early 1970s, is about what happened during the year that he was 5. The poems are written in a style so prosaic that they seem, but are not, unstructured. They have the profound simplicity of life, the ashes in their tray.

I've read the collection many times and never tired of it..
Tom Schulte
Feb 27, 2013 Tom Schulte rated it it was ok
Wistful blankverse without destination or resolution from the former Detroiter. Levine takes you to the moment of heartache, death, a meeting setting the stage lets you fill in the rest.
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Feb 16, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
A sort of American version (in verse) of Distant Voices, Still Lives (although the father seems much nicer).

Planning on reading much more of Levine's work.
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Philip Levine (b. January 10, 1928, Detroit, Michigan. d. February 14, 2015, Fresno, California) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for his poems about working-class Detroit.

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
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