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Philip Levine Quotes

My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist.
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Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme ... they must be naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.

— Philip Levine

Now I must wait and be still and say nothing I don't know, nothing I haven't lived over and over, and that's everything.

— Philip Levine

Thirty years will pass before I remember
that moment when suddenly I knew each man
has one brother who dies when he sleeps
and sleeps when he rises to face this life,
and that together they are only one man
sharing a heart that always labours, hands
yellowed and cracked, a mouth that gasps
for breath and asks, Am I gonna make it?

— Philip Levine

Oh, yes, let's bless the imagination. It gives us the myths we live by. Let's bless the visionary power of the human- the only animal that's got it-, bless the exact image of your father dead and mine dead, bless the images that stalk the corners of our sight and will not let go.

— Philip Levine

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home.

— Philip Levine

From they sack and they belly opened
And all that was hidden burning on the oil-stained earth
They feed they Lion and he comes.

— Philip Levine

Don't scorn your life just because it's not dramatic, or it's impoverished, or it looks dull, or it's workaday. Don't scorn it. It is where poetry is taking place if you've got the sensitivity to see it, if your eyes are open.
Philip Levine, describing what he learned from William Carlos Williams, via NPR

— Philip Levine

I'm afraid we live at the mercy of a power, maybe a God, without mercy. And yet we find it, as I have, from others.

— Philip Levine

I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.

— Philip Levine

But I'm too old to be written about as a young poet.

— Philip Levine

I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet.

— Philip Levine

I have a sense that many Americans, especially those like me with European or foreign parents, feel they have to invent their families just as they have to invent themselves.

— Philip Levine

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