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Written by Philip LevineAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Philip Levine

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
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  • Publisher: Knopf
  • On Sale: February 15, 2011
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-71190-9 (0-375-71190-2)
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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In this “characteristically wise” (The New York Times Book Review) collection from one of our most celebrated poets, Philip Levine brings us finely made, powerfully telling imagery from the worlds of hand, heart, and mind.

“All the earmarks of a valedictory testament, what with its autumnal ruminations on personal history and its haunted remembrances of things past, yet Levine is too canny a craftsman to settle for dutiful curtain calls, and too much the hard-bitten ironist to fall prey to false nostalgia. If certain obsessions here are bound to strike longtime readers as old news (innocence and experience, manual labor and class struggle), the visceral language that fleshes the poems out still feels hot off the press.” —David Barber, The Boston Globe

“Philip Levine's newest, just-published poety collection, his twentieth, wise in a more fundamental, truer way: it is knowing, and what it knows is what only maturity imparts to us. It gives us ‘news of the world’ that can be got only by living in the world for a length of time. . . . A kind of transcendence . . . Levine’s moral compass is intact and as steady as ever.” —Kelly Cherry, America

"News of the World
may have all the earmarks of a valedictory testament, what with its autumnal ruminations on personal history and its haunted remembrances of things past, yet Levine is too canny a craftsman to settle for dutiful curtain calls, and too much the hard-bitten ironist to fall prey to false nostalgia. If certain obsessions here are bound to strike longtime readers as old news (innocence and experience, manual labor and class struggle), the visceral language that fleshes the poems out still feels hot off the press." —David Barber, The Boston Globe