What Work is by Philip Levine
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What Work is
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What Work is


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What Work is by Philip Levine

Book Awards

  • Winner of United States National Book Awards: Poetry 1991.

Book Description

Winner of the National Book Award in 1991 This collection amounts to a hymn of praise for all the workers of America. These proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, Loo, Sweet Pea, and Packy, work the furnaces, forges, slag heaps, assembly lines, and loading docks at places with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin s First-Rate Plumbing and Plating. Only Studs Terkel s "Working" approaches the pathos and beauty of this book. But Levine s characters are also significant for their inner lives, not merely their jobs. They are unusually artistic, living at the borders of dreams. One reads "The Tempest " slowly to himself; another ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by his teacher to suggest a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of the dark from the dark. "What Work Is" ranks as a major work by a major poet . . . very accessible and utterly American in tone and language. Daniel L. Guillory, "Library Journal""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679740582
ISBN-10: 0679740589
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 159mm x 8mm)
Pages: 77
Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publish Date: 21-Apr-1992
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Philip Levine

History of My Befuddlement by Philip Levine History of My Befuddlement, Paperback (January 2011)

The Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lectures on the Teaching of Poetry was established in 2003 in memory of a poet and an inspired teacher of poetry to children and to the underprivileged. This series of lectures on teaching poetry by distinguished poets was conceived of by her family as a contribution to the role poetry plays at Berkeley.

Stranger to Nothing by Philip Levine Stranger to Nothing, Paperback (June 2006)

Always a poet of memory and invention, Philip Levine has written poems which search for universal truths. His poetry addresses the joys and sufferings of industrial life, with radiant feeling, as well as painful irony. It is a testament to the durability of love, the strength of the human spirit and the persistence of life in the face of death.

Discourse and Technology by Philip Levine Discourse and Technology, Paperback (February 2004)

Opens up a discussion among discourse analysts and others in linguistics and related fields about the two-fold impact of communication technologies: the impact on how discourse data is collected, transcribed, and analyzed - and the impact that these technologies are having on social interaction and discourse.

Elegy by Philip Levine Elegy, Paperback (October 1997)

This collection of poems was written in the six years following the publication of Levis' book "The Widening Spell of the Leaves" and is published posthumously. It continues and extends jazz improvisations and culminates in the elegies written to a world of fragmented culture.

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Author Biography - Philip Levine

Philip Levine was born in 1928 in Detroit and was formally educated there, in the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs, he left the city for good and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the state university until his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in residence at New York University. He has received many awards for his books of poems, including the National Book Award in 1991 for "What Work Is" and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for "The Simple Truth. "In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He divides his time between Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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