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Winner of the 1991 National Book Award for Poetry
"It didn't seem possible that Levine could improve on his first working-class portraits, yet I feel these new poems are an improvement: an extra dimension of dignity has been conferred on his characters."--Alfred Corn,The Washington Post Book World
"What Work Is makes some of its severest poetry out of wounds inflicted on workers and the environment of manufacturing."--Richard Tillinghast, The New York Times Book Review
"What Work Is gives a hymn-like quality to its eulogies and elegies. Levine's voice frequently blurs the line between poetic utterance and prayer...His lyrical compassion, anger and hopefulness make him one of the most authentically moving poets of our age."--Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader