Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"L"evine--Current Poet Laureate

The current poet laureate of the United States is Philip Levine.  (New York Times article on the announcement:  Philip Levine--Poet Laureate ).

Love this!  Look into this:  His late poems are full of that tenderness and also of a Hardyesque humbleness in which, while still enthralled by poetry, he hesitates to make too great claims for it. A 1999 poem by Mr. Levine is called “He Would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do” and ends:

Fact is, silence is the perfect water:
unlike rain it falls from no clouds
to wash our minds, to ease our tired eyes,
to give heart to the thin blades of grass
fighting through the concrete for even air
dirtied by our endless stream of words.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, that is lovely! Makes me want to read more Levine.