What Work Is

What Work Is

Philip Levine


Winner of the nationwide e-book Award in 1991

"This assortment quantities to a hymn of compliment for the entire employees of the United States. those proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, bathroom toilet, candy Pea, and Packy, paintings the furnaces, forges, slag tons, meeting strains, and loading docks at locations with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin's pleasant Plumbing and Plating. in simple terms Studs Terkel's operating methods the pathos and sweetness of this booklet. yet Levine's characters also are major for his or her internal lives, now not in basic terms their jobs. they're strangely creative, residing 'at the borders of dreams.' One reads The Tempest 'slowly to himself'; one other ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by means of his instructor to indicate a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of 'the darkish from the dark.' What paintings Is ranks as an enormous paintings through an incredible poet . . . very obtainable and completely American in tone and language."
--Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal

Philip Levine used to be born in 1928 in Detroit and used to be officially proficient there, within the public faculties and at Wayne college (now Wayne kingdom University). After a succession of business jobs, he left town for solid and lived in quite a few elements of the rustic earlier than settling in Fresno, California, the place he taught on the nation college until eventually his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in place of abode at ny collage. He has bought many awards for his books of poems, together with the nationwide publication Award in 1991 for What paintings Is and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for the straightforward fact. In 2011 he used to be appointed Poet Laureate of the us. He divides his time among Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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