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This collection of essays pays tribute to Philip Levine as teacher and mentor. Throughout his fifty-year teaching career, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Levine taught scores of younger poets, many of whom went on to become famous in their own right. These forty essays honor and celebrate one of our most vivid and gifted poets.
           
Whether in Fresno, New York, Boston, Detroit, or any of the other cities where Levine taught, his students benefited from his sharp, humorous honesty in the classroom. In these personal essays, poets spanning a number of generations reveal how their lives and work were forever altered by studying with Levine. The heartfelt tributes illuminate how one dedicated teacher’s intangible gifts can make a vast difference in the life of a developing poet, as well as providing insight into the changing tenor of the poetry workshop in the American university setting.
Here, poets as diverse as Nick Flynn and David St. John, Sharon Olds and Larry Levis, Ada Limon and Mark Levine, Malena Morling and Lawson Fusao Inada are united in their deep regard for Philip Levine. The voices echo and reverberate as each strikes its own honoring tone. 

Contributors: Aaron Belz, Ciaran Berry, Paula Bohince, Shane Book, B. H. Boston, Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Colin Cheney, Michael Clifton, Michael Collier, Nicole Cooley, Kate Daniels, Blas Manuel De Luna, Kathy Fagan, Andrew Feld, Nick Flynn, Edward Hirsch, Sandra Hoben, Ishion Hutchinson, Lawson Fusao Inada, Dorianne Laux, Joseph O. Legaspi, Mark Levine, Larry Levis, Ada Limón, Elline Lipkin, Jane Mead, Dante Micheaux, Malena Mörling, John Murillo, Daniel Nester, Sharon Olds, January Gill O’Neil, Greg Pape, Kathleen Peirce, Sam Pereira, Jeffrey Skinner, Tom Sleigh, David St. John, Brian Turner, Robert Wrigley 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Their Invisible Great Good Luck
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. A Laureate in Letters: Philip Levine in Correspondence, 1994 - 2011
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Rhymes with Deer
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. Philip Levine, Professional Wrestling, and Me
  2. pp. 10-12
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  1. Mine Own Philip Levine
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. Changed Utterly
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. On the Teaching of Philip Levine
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. It's beautiful whether or not you let it be
  2. pp. 30-36
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  1. They Feed They Lion and Me
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. A Real Fact
  2. pp. 39-43
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  1. Trust the Poet: Reflections on Phil Levine at Three Universities
  2. pp. 44-46
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  1. Birth in a Poetry Position: On Philip Levine
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. What We Were Doing Was Work
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. Homage to Mr. Levine
  2. pp. 56-60
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  1. Terrific
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. A Light Inside
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. Thirty Years from Somewhere
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. Philip Levine: The Proof of My Patience
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. An Exquisite Simulacrum
  2. pp. 78-82
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  1. The Surprising Chill
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Philip Levine and My Pursuit of a Life in Poetry
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. Philip Levine: A Resonant Presence
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. Winter, 1985
  2. pp. 94-100
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  1. Philip Levine
  2. pp. 101-107
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  1. Worth Fighting For: An Essay for Philip Levine
  2. pp. 108-112
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  1. Phil Levine at Houston: My First Teacher
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. The Capricorn's Pedagogy
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. The Simple Voice of Philip Levine
  2. pp. 124-128
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  1. High above the Atlantic
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. A Love Supreme: Notes toward an Appropriate Gratitude
  2. pp. 133-137
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  1. An Apprentice's Tale
  2. pp. 138-142
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  1. Reading Philip Levine in 1972
  2. pp. 143-145
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  1. So Enough
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. Finding Levine
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca
  2. pp. 154-155
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  1. Jabs, Undercuts, and Kindness: The Humanity of Philip Levine
  2. pp. 156-159
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  1. Permission to Be: Philip Levine at Columbia, 1978
  2. pp. 160-164
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  1. To See What It Was Worth
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. Philip Levine and the Hands of Time
  2. pp. 168-172
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  1. The Poems We Carry
  2. pp. 173-177
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  1. A Walk with Philip Levine
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 193-194
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