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Elegy (Pitt Poetry Series)

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  • Sales Rank:651,713
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
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  • Edition:1
  • Pages:96
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Dimensions (in):9.4 x 5.8 x 0.3
  • Publication Date:October 30, 1997
  • ISBN:0822956489
  • EAN:9780822956488
  • ASIN:0822956489
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Title: Elegy
Author: Levis, Larry/ Levine, Philip
Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
Publication Date: 1997/11/01
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Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 97021097
Amazon.com Review
Larry Levis was an outstanding poet, and a student and colleague of Philip Levine. Levine, who edited this posthumous manuscript, writes that Levis's "early death is a staggering loss for our poetry, but what he left is a major achievement that will enrich our lives for as long as poetry matters." That's high praise, and the poems in Elegy are sturdy enough to carry the weight of those expectations. Especially striking is "The Oldest Living Thing in L.A.," an encounter between urbanites trapped within the prisons of their routines, and an ancient-seeming possum crossing a busy city street: "It would lift its black lips & show them / The reddened gums, the long rows of incisors, / Teeth that went all the way back beyond / The flames of Troy & Carthage..." Levis's writing is marked by memorable imagery that resonates both to the world of our daily lives and our mythic longings for transcendence.

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