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    Taking a deep breath here _____ Dear friends, I stand before you today to admit openly that I had not known Larry Levis work until this morning YES I claim to be a practicing poet YES I claim to know some things about the art But Today, this moment, and no doubt for some time to come, I am humbled and devastated by this book, read while sitting and on my microfiber couch over the course of two hours while drinking coffee and not moving for the entire second half of the book, even to pee I got up once to refill my cup and throw some Glenn Gould on the stereo I grabbed my notebook and pen on my way back to the couch.One of my undergrad poetry students asked me last semester, in passing, if I had read Levis and I admitted I hadn t She gushed about Winter Stars I promptly borrowed it from Jeremy, who promptly borrowed it back to finish his comps, then returned it to me for extended borrowing I did not read it until this morning.After reading the first four poems The Poet at Seventeen, Adolescence, The Cry, and Winter Stars I filled an entire page of my notebook with triggered memories from my childhood I could harvest for my own work Little snaps in the head, like found synapses, all going ping ping, finally This work is a masterpiece, and it has been wedged in a small cavity in my bookcase just watching me glide by every morning to feed the cat and feed myself and to escape without knowing it.Big, glow worming gush bucket of a heart I have for this book right now.The earth, for example, has often been a lie,And the wind its rumor.Together, once, they drove allThe better people away from Oklahoma


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    One of the best books of poetry I ve read, one that often led me to put down the book and pick up a pen The title poem, Winter Stars, is especially mesmerizing I also love The Cry, in which,Then, everything slept The sky the fields slept all the way to the Pacific, And the houses slept The orchards blackened in their sleep, And, outside my window, the aging Palomino slept Standing up in the moonlight, with one rear hoof slightly cocked, And the moonlight slept The white dust slept between the rows of vines, And the quail slept perfectly, like untouched triangles The hawk slept alone, apart from this world And the prostitutes slept, as always, With the small time businessmen, their hair smelling of pomade, Who did not dream Dice slept in the hands of the town s one gambler, outside His window, the brown grass slept, And beyond that, in a low stand of trees, ashes slept The poems are long, narrative, complex, often discursive and I usually prefer the short and succinct , but so engaging that I hardly noticed I was tempted to copy out many lines, but they are all powerful in context Instead, I m just going to return to the beginning and read the book again As well as his other collections But here are just a few teasers The trees wearing their mysterious yellow sullennessLike party dresses And vines like woodwinds twisted into shapesFor playing different kinds of silence A sky that stays there, aboveAny reason for a sky Style, after all, is a kind of humor,Something truly beneath contempt The earth, for example, as always been a lie and the wind its rumor If there is only one world, it is this one.


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    I m not a poetry reader, and not one of his poems stand out, to me, as great But, each one is meditative I d like to be in his head and get out of my own head for a while His words make me wish no one could speak, to let the world speak for itself More accurately, I d like to think like him, to imbue everything with a lasting significance, and reading his poetry helps accomplish that, if only briefly.


  4. says:

    We did not know we were lights dancing on black water.


  5. says:

    A book to read a hundred books Amazing.


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  7. says:

    Closer to 4.5 Levis s autobiographical work normally wouldn t be my cup of tea, but his phrasing is impeccable.


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    I left this collection feeling ambivalent There are some poems here, Adolescence, Winter Stars, and My Story in a Late Style of Fire for instance, which are as good as anything I ve read recently But, and perhaps this is a very important but, I read this book after having read, in order Garcia Lorca, Octavio Paz, Neruda, and Antonio Machado Thus Levis, who perhaps given other precursors might feel free and wild to me, scanned a bit tame at times and far too narrative driven for my taste There were several poems at the end of which I wrote something like end three lines earlier Levis winds up explaining things a bit too often at his worst At his best, we are able to love the surgical precision of his mind, twisting and turning a problem around in his hand like inspecting a jewel He does this well in a poem like Sensationalism in which he makes up a possible story for a photographic image he s considering, but then reminds us that it could just as well be a story turned into paper only But this is the beauty for Levis because he knows that the stories we make up on paper are true than those which happened.


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    Passionate, narrative driven poems in a discursive free verse style On the subject of his parents, Levis writes T heir frail bodies Reminded me of ravines on either side of the road, When I ran, And did not know why It is this image of Levis as an 17 year old working class boy trying to run away from his parents and from his past that gives the first section of Winter Stars its remarkable poignancy The book s middle section, Let Nothing You Dismay, is rather feeble in comparison, providing an object lesson in how difficult it is to write about one s ex lovers without seeming like a self mythologizing egomaniac case in point the floridly titled poem My Story in a Late Style of Fire, which includes the jarring lines But all I wanted Was to hold her all morning, until her body was, again, A bright field Billie Holiday, whose life was shorter humiliating Than my own, would have understood all this The book s final three sections, which are externally oriented they touch upon life in samurai era Japan, 19th century Italy, and World War II Romania , are successful, fortunately.


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    Came back to this book today after asking a poet friend to look at Adolescence as a way to think about transitions in a narrative with multiple settings This book feels like home to me, after so many readings Filled with marginalia And since it s Poem Monday I drew inspiration again from some lines Here are a few favorites The trees wearing their mysterious yellow sullennessLike party dresses And the quail slept perfectly, like untouched triangles.And vines like woodwinds twisted into shapesFor playing different kinds of silence.Ireland like a bonnet for the mad on top ofPlenty of ocean.A sky that stays there, aboveAny reason for a sky.My only advice is not to go awayOr, go away.I watch a warm, dry wind bothering a whole line of elmsPerhaps the ankle of a horse is holy Style, after all, is a kind of humor,Something truly beneath contempt the soul is a canary sent Into the mines Turning a green that has nothingTo do with us.


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Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series) summary pdf Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series), summary chapter 2 Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series), sparknotes Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series), Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series) c332be1 Since The Appearance Of His First Book In , Larry Levis Has Been One Of The Most Original And Most Highly Praised Of Contemporary American Poets In Winter Stars, A Book Of Love Poems And Elegies, Levis Engages In A Process Of Relentless Self Interrogation About His Life, About Losses And Acceptances What Emerges Is Not Merely Autobiography, But A Biography Of The Reader, A Representative Life Of Our Time

  • Hardcover
  • 87 pages
  • Winter Stars (Pitt Poetry Series)
  • Larry Levis
  • English
  • 21 July 2019
  • 9780822935117

About the Author: Larry Levis

Larry Patrick Levis was born in Fresno, California, on September 30, 1946 His father was a grape grower, and in his youth Levis drove a tractor, pruned vines, and picked grapes in Selma, California He earned a bachelor s degree from Fresno State College now California State University, Fresno in 1968, a master s degree from Syracuse University in 1970, and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa i