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So Ask

Essays, Conversations, and Interviews
Philip Levine
An engaging and intimate collection by an American original


So Ask mixes memoir and criticism by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine. He reflects-sometimes poignantly and sometimes hilariously-on his working-class Detroit roots, his poetic apprenticeship with John Berryman, his first encounter with Keats, his mentoring of the late Larry Levis, and other stages of his formation and flourishing as a poet. Levine's compassionate politics color his uncommon view of contemporary poetry, as he recounts the pleasures of teaching poetry to students not born to privilege and wrestles with the racial and ethnic prejudices of some canonical figures in Anglo-American poetry. Throughout the book, Levine's keen wit and insight remind the reader why he is one of America's most respected poets and teachers.

Philip Levine was born in Detroit in 1928. After a succession of industrial jobs he left the city and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at California State University until his retirement. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1995, and two National Book Awards.

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  • 144pp.
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  • 2002
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  • 978-0-472-09420-2

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