Philip Levine

(January 10, 1928 / Detroit, Michigan)

The Simple Truth - Poem by Philip Levine

I bought a dollar and a half's worth of small red potatoes,
took them home, boiled them in their jackets
and ate them for dinner with a little butter and salt.
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Comments about The Simple Truth by Philip Levine

  • Veteran Poet - 1,054 Points Michelle Claus (1/25/2015 11:59:00 AM)

    Palpable melancholy

    As I was reading this composition, I was telling myself that it comes across more like poetic prose. Then, I noticed that Philip Levine built into his lines a disclaimer: Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme,

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,054 Points Michelle Claus (1/25/2015 11:58:00 AM)

    Palpable melancholy

    As I was reading this composition, I was telling myself that it comes across more like poetic prose. Then, I noticed that Philip Levine built into his lines a disclaimer: Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme,

    Fair enough (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 19,559 Points Kim Barney (1/25/2015 4:41:00 AM)

    Mmmmm. Makes me hungry. Red potatoes, butter, salt, onions, sweet corn.
    I find intriguing the line BEFORE HE BEGAN TO KILL HIMSELF. This implies that it was a slow process. How did he do it? Alcohol? Drugs? Fascinating. (Report) Reply








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