Philip Levine

(January 10, 1928 / Detroit, Michigan)

Philip Levine Poems

1. A Sleepless Night 1/13/2003
2. A Story 1/10/2012
3. A Woman Waking 1/13/2003
4. Among Children 1/13/2003
5. An Abandoned Factory, Detroit 1/13/2003
6. An Ending 1/13/2003
7. An Extraordinary Morning 1/10/2012
8. And The Trains Go On 12/26/2014
9. Animals Are Passing From Our Lives 1/13/2003
10. Another Song 1/13/2003
11. Any Night 1/13/2003
12. At Bessemer 1/13/2003
13. Baby Villon 1/10/2012
14. Belle Isle, 1949 1/10/2012
15. Berenda Slough 1/13/2003
16. Bitterness 1/13/2003
17. Black Stone On Top Of Nothing 1/13/2003
18. Blasting From Heaven 1/10/2012
19. Breakfasts With Joachim 6/25/2014
20. Burial Rites 1/10/2012
21. Call It Music 1/13/2003
22. Clouds 1/13/2003
23. Clouds Above The Sea 1/13/2003
24. Coming Close 1/13/2003
25. Detroit Grease Shop Poem 1/13/2003
26. Detroit, Tomorrow 1/10/2012
27. Drum 1/10/2012
28. During The War 1/10/2012
29. Everything 1/13/2003
30. Father 1/13/2003
31. Fist 1/13/2003
32. For The Country 1/13/2003
33. Gangrene 1/13/2003
34. Gin 1/13/2003
35. Gospel 1/10/2012
36. Green Thumb 1/13/2003
37. Heaven 1/13/2003
38. Holding On 1/13/2003
39. Holy Day 1/13/2003
40. House Of Silence 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Philip Levine

What Work Is

We stand in the rain in a long line
waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work.
You know what work is—if you're
old enough to read this you know what
work is, although you may not do it.
Forget you. This is about waiting,
shifting from one foot to another.
Feeling the light rain falling like mist
into your hair, blurring your vision
until you think you see your own brother
ahead of you, maybe ten places.
You rub your glasses with your fingers,
and of course it's someone else's brother,
narrower across the shoulders than
yours but with the same sad slouch,...

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Montjuich

"Hill of Jews," says one,
named for a cemetery
long gone."Hill of Jove,"
says another, and maybe
Jove stalked here
once or rests now
where so many lie
who felt God swell
the earth and burn

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