Publication Date: New York : Knopf, 1991.
Summary: Includes selections from the poet's latest works, Sweet will and A walk with Tom Jefferson.
Issued simultaneously with his newest book, What Work Is ( LJ 5/1/91), this selection contains all the poems Levine himself chose for inclusion in his earlier Selected Poems ( LJ 6/15/84), plus 15 new poems. This is a monumental work that somehow remains wonderfully accessible, largely because Levine has chosen pieces carefully, favoring shorter works and poems that address his staple themes of family (like ``Uncle'' and ``My Son and I'') and childhood (``Coming Home''). Many of the poems are powerfully imagistic, with telling one-word titles like ``Noon,'' ``Salami,'' ``Milkweed,'' ``Breath,'' ``Starlight,'' ``Snow,'' and ``Roofs.'' Also included are familiar anthology pieces like ``The Horse'' and ``They Feed the Lion.'' Levine is simply one of the best poets working in America today, a winner of the American Book Award, the Marshall Award, and the Lilly Poetry Prize. New Selected Poems and What Work Is constitute a virtually complete record of his work and are thus highly recommended for all poetry collections, large or small.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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