A posthumous collection of essays, reviews, and interviews by Larry Levis.
This posthumous collection of essays, reviews, and interviews reveals the poet's refreshing and affectionate take on his life and work. The "soiled brims and stained hat bands" of his early years living on a ranch in Fresno, CA, give way to academic life and studies with Donald Justice and Philip Levine; one memoir finds him driving Zbigniew Herbert around in Los Angeles in the early Seventies, and, in an interview, he dwells on "place" and poetic process. The essay "Oaxaca and the Politics of Looking" is not as archly political as the title might suggest. To Levis, writing is the enterprise of an individual working in a social medium that does not need shrill defenses or hyperanalytic insights. His notions of poetry and the poetic self whether dead center or tucked in around the edges are clear and mindful. His notions and style are poetic and sober without being strident proof that clever need not be arch. Recommended. Scott Hightower, Fordham Univ., NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.