Philip Levine

(January 10, 1928 / Detroit, Michigan)

Philip Levine Poems

1. Breakfasts With Joachim 6/25/2014
2. You Can Have It 12/31/2013
3. And The Trains Go On 12/26/2014
4. On 52nd Street 1/10/2012
5. Our Valley 1/10/2012
6. The Two 1/10/2012
7. Gospel 1/10/2012
8. During The War 1/10/2012
9. Drum 1/10/2012
10. Blasting From Heaven 1/10/2012
11. Belle Isle, 1949 1/10/2012
12. Unholy Saturday 4/7/2011
13. The House 1/13/2003
14. Sierra Kid 1/13/2003
15. Baby Villon 1/10/2012
16. The Grave Of The Kitchen Mouse 1/13/2003
17. The Return 1/13/2003
18. Passing Out 1/13/2003
19. Montjuich 1/13/2003
20. The Turning 1/13/2003
21. The Negatives 1/13/2003
22. Magpiety 1/13/2003
23. The Rains 1/13/2003
24. The Helmet 1/13/2003
25. The New World 1/13/2003
26. The Rat Of Faith 1/13/2003
27. Salts And Oils 1/13/2003
28. The Distant Winter 1/13/2003
29. Late Moon 1/13/2003
30. Small Game 1/13/2003
31. Noon 1/13/2003
32. Holy Day 1/13/2003
33. A Story 1/10/2012
34. The Present 1/13/2003
35. An Extraordinary Morning 1/10/2012
36. Detroit, Tomorrow 1/10/2012
37. Premonition At Twilight 1/13/2003
38. The Red Shirt 1/13/2003
39. Something Has Fallen 1/13/2003
40. Late Light 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Philip Levine

An Abandoned Factory, Detroit

The gates are chained, the barbed-wire fencing stands,
An iron authority against the snow,
And this grey monument to common sense
Resists the weather. Fears of idle hands,
Of protest, men in league, and of the slow
Corrosion of their minds, still charge this fence.

Beyond, through broken windows one can see
Where the great presses paused between their strokes
And thus remain, in air suspended, caught
In the sure margin of eternity.
The cast-iron wheels have stopped; one counts the spokes
Which movement blurred, the struts inertia fought, ...

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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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