[Marxism] Fwd: Remembering Philip Levine’s Poetics of Labor | Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 12 06:47:43 MDT 2017


Levine, a former U.S. poet laureate who died in 2015, was a Whitman or a 
Ginsburg for those embroiled in Midwestern, heartland work, the 
industrial work whose specter became a powerful political touchstone 
during last year’s election cycle. His poems, which faced the worker, 
rather than romanticizing him for a far-away audience, felt genuine 
because he himself was a worker, descended from other workers. Levine’s 
father, who died when he was five years old, owned a used auto parts 
business in Detroit. Levine worked in car manufacturing plants before he 
turned sixteen. His hands knew both the rigors of hard work, and the 
beauty that it can create.

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