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A doctor contemplates Lenin's embalmed body; two angels flank an open chest during a heart transplant; a father's anger turns into a summer thunderstorm... Each of Levin's poems is an astonishing investigation of human darkness, propelled by a sensuous syntax and a desire for healing.

"This is the language of a prophet: Levin's art, in this book certainly, takes place in a kind of mutating day of judgment: it means to wipe a film from our eyes. It is a dare, a challenge, and, for all its considerable beauty, the opposite of the seductive...Sensuous, compassionate, violent, extravagant: what an amazing debut this is, a book of terrors and marvels."-Louise Gluck, from the Introduction

Dana Levin was raised in Lancaster, California, in the Mojave Desert. She has received fellowships, grants, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Arts Council, and New York University, where she received her M.F.A. She lives in New Mexico and teaches Creative Writing at the College of Santa Fe.


An urgent, magnetic collection of poems which attempt to understand and heal human darkness.

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Dana Levin grew up in California's Mojave Desert. Her first book won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize and PEN/Osterweil Award. Other awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Lannan Fellowship. She was recently selected by Louise Gluck as a 2004 Witter Bynner Fellow. Levin lives and teaches in Santa Fe.

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mari-elaine, October 30, 2007 (view all comments by mari-elaine)
Dana Levin's "In the Surgical Theatre" well deserves the prizes and publicity it's gathering. The poems are haunting; many, with their watching angels, evoke Rilke's "Duino Elegies," no mean comparison. Levin has a wide range of emotion so that while most of the poems are warnings about not losing our humanity, there are poems that celebrate the achievement of that humanity. For example, she writes of a young man's movement from fear of the lusts of his body to a beautiful acceptance and celebration of love. This book is an instant classic!
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Levin, Dana
American Poetry Review
Levin, Dana
Copper Canyon Press
Philadelphia :
American - General
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Single Author - American (General)
General Poetry
Poetry-A to Z
Single Author / American
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