Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Great Regulars: What I mean is, to place one's

poems into a public space is to agree to be canny. It is to immerse one's self in the lyric values of the past to communicate with the future. As Philip Larkin once said, poetry is a "richness" and a "release of delight" that's meant to last beyond the next news cycle and the last reader.

Phillis Levin is just this sort of poet. Since 1988, with the publication of her first book, "Temples and Fields," she has composed poems that invoke a dazzling fusion between the ancient and the contemporary.

from David Biespiel: The Oregonian: A poet who aims for poise and posterity


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