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This is the poetry book that kept me writing poems, just to reach towards being this kind of writer. There is one poem with the line, "who are ashamed/by now, to have shoulders..." It's a terrible reference out of context, but you know, it has stayed with me for 18 years.
Conjures eloquent, surrealistic images of death and decay. Hallucinatory in nature these poems are soul transforming in that they practically hum with the forlorn quality of life when hope has flown away...Especially meaningful for me (among all the others) was the last poem in the book, "The Spirit Says, You Are Nothing:
Levis, of course, is always great; this is his first book, however, and his coming-of-age and the presence of Phil Levine as a mentor is pretty obvious. Fascinating to see the germs of Levis's later (and lasting) voice in some of these early pieces.
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