The Mercy

The Mercy

Philip Levine


Philip Levine's new selection of poems (his first because the basic fact was once offered the Pulitzer Prize) is a publication of trips: the mandatory ones that every people takes from innocence to adventure, from formative years to age, from confusion to readability, from sanity to insanity and again back, from lifestyles to demise, and sometimes from defeat to triumph. The book's temper is healthier captured within the remaining strains of the identify poem, which takes its identify from the send that introduced the poet's mom to the USA: A nine-year-old lady travels all evening via educate with one suitcase and an orange. She learns that mercy is whatever you could consume many times whereas the juice spills over your chin, you could wipe it away with the again of your arms and you may by no means get adequate.

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