Distinguished poet Philip Levine is the author of 16 collections of poems,
including The Simple Truth, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, What
Work Is, winner of the National Book Award, Ashes: Poems New & Old,
winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American
Book Award for poetry, and, most recently, The Mercy (Alfred A.
Levine was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and has lived for many years
in Fresno, California and New York City, where he teaches at NYU. Recipient of
awards and honors too numerous to mention, he has also published books of essays,
translated Gloria Fuertes and Jaime Sabines, and edited The Essential Keats.
Committed "to saving from oblivion what is thought of as ordinary life" (poet
Edward Hirsch), Levine's work celebrates memory, family, the working class, and
the immigrant experience, and has been an inspiration to a generation of young
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