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Philip Levine: Belle Isle, 1949

We stripped in the first warm spring night
and ran down into the Detroit River
to baptize ourselves in the brine
of car parts, dead fish, stolen bicycles,
melted snow.

March 17, 2023 · 10 Comments

Video: Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca (text included)

Philip Levine reads Federico García Lorca’s “New York (Office and Denunciation)”

May 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Philip Levine: On The Meeting Of Garcia Lorca And Hart Crane

…let’s not
invent a dialogue of such eloquence
that even the ants in your own
house won’t forget it.

April 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: The Story of Autumn House Press (1998-2020)

Most literary presses fade away when the founder leaves, so I cannot tell you how much it thrills me that AHP continues into the second generation.

January 5, 2020 · 8 Comments

Kate Daniels: Remembering former poet laureate Philip Levine

Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic. Across the hall from my … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Hamill: Poetry, Politics, and Zen

If only we could touch the things of this world at their center, if we could only hear tiny leaves of birch struggling toward April, then we would know. — … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 12 Comments

Video: “Packard — The Last Shift” featuring Philip Levine

. The Packard Motor Car Company and its 5-million square foot plant became a symbol of the American Dream in the heart of the Motor City. Packard left town in … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip Levine: Salts And Oils

In Havana in 1948 I ate fried dog believing it was Peking duck. Later, in Tampa I bunked with an insane sailor who kept a .38 Smith and Wesson in … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Philip Levine: What Work Is

We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work. You know what work is–if you’re old enough to read this you know what … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Philip Levine: Animals Are Passing From Our Lives

It’s wonderful how I jog on four honed-down ivory toes my massive buttocks slipping like oiled parts with each light step. I’m to market. I can smell the sour, grooved … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Philip Levine reads “What Work Is”

Philip Levine reads his work at the AFL-CIO on Nov. 15, 2011. Philip Levine (January 10, 1928 – February 14, 2015) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: Reading Philip Levine

Reading Philip Levine (1928-2015) The last person to read this book was Molly Renee Miller of 7527 Drive, San Antonio Texas, 78249-2518, United States of America. I know this because … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On Inspiration

“I can never imagine how someone would fall in love with poetry and stop reading poems. But I think that people often talk themselves out of responding…” This video is … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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