Philip Levine Quotes

27 Philip Levine quotes:

"The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry."
"Back then, I couldn't have left a poem a year and gone back to it."
"For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would save the ordinary from oblivion."
"I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet."
"Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home."
"My sense of a poem - my notion of how you revise - is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote."
"No one can write like Vallejo and not sound like a fraud. He's just too much himself and not you."
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"I write what's given me to write."
"My father died when I was five, but I grew up in a strong family."
"My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist."
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"But I'm too old to be written about as a young poet."
"Let's say I live to be eighty - I'm seventy-one now - nothing I do between now and eighty is going to change the way people think about my poetry."
"I have a sense that many Americans, especially those like me with European or foreign parents, feel they have to invent their families just as they have to invent themselves."
"I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong."
"There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory."
"I was eighteen or nineteen years old, and I'd get these genius ideas for novels and try to finish then in three or four days without going to sleep."
"It's ironic that while I was a worker in Detroit, which I left when I was twenty six, my sense was that the thing that's going to stop me from being a poet is the fact that I'm doing this crummy work."
"My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs."
"I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home."
"If that voice that you created that is most alive in the poem isn't carried throughout the whole poem, then I destroy where it's not there, and I reconstruct it so that that voice is the dominant voice in the poem."

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