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The Mercy: Poems

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Publisher Comments:

Philip Levine's new collection of poems (his first since The Simple Truth was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) is a book of journeys: the necessary ones that each of us takes from innocence to experience, from youth to age, from confusion to clarity, from sanity to madness and back again, from life to death, and occasionally from defeat to triumph. The book's mood is best captured in the closing lines of the title poem, which takes its name from the ship that brought the poet's mother to America: A nine-year-old girl travels all night by train with one suitcase and an orange. She learns that mercy is something you can eat again and again while the juice spills over your chin, you can wipe it away with the back of your hands and you can never get enough.

Synopsis:

In emotionally rich narrative poems, one of our most beloved poets captures the deep rhythms, always hopeful, sometimes painful, at the heart of the American experience.<P>The title poem is the name of the ship that brought his mother to America; here are the closing lines: <P>A nine-year old girl travels<P>all night by train with one suitcase and an orange.<P>She learns that mercy is something you can eat<P>again and again while the juice spills over<P>your chin, you can wipe it away with the back<P>of your hands and you can never get enough.

About the Author

Philip Levine was born in 1928 in Detroit, where he was formally educated in the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs, he left the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the university there until his retirement. He has received many awards for his books of poems, most recently the National Book Award in 1991 for What Work Is, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701351
Author:
Levine, Philip
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Levine, Philip
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.01x5.78x.41 in. .41 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In emotionally rich narrative poems, one of our most beloved poets captures the deep rhythms, always hopeful, sometimes painful, at the heart of the American experience.<P>The title poem is the name of the ship that brought his mother to America; here are the closing lines: <P>A nine-year old girl travels<P>all night by train with one suitcase and an orange.<P>She learns that mercy is something you can eat<P>again and again while the juice spills over<P>your chin, you can wipe it away with the back<P>of your hands and you can never get enough.
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