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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Prairie Lights Books (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098593252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985932527
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You might change someone’s life (read for the better) through a chance encounter as you walk to the corner store for bread. If you choose to teach the writing of poetry, however, you increase your chances of experiencing this privilege. But even within this category of poet-teacher, when it comes to changing lives, Philip Levine, by all accounts, has surpassed all probability. Gathered here are a handful of essays that speak of his (not always immediately appreciated) honesty, his commitment to poetry and to his students, his humor, and his generosity. These essays are love letters—thank-you notes for some of the great gifts. These former students understand what Larry Levis calls ‘the invisible great good luck’ of having had Phil as a teacher."—from the introduction by Jane Mead 

About the Author

Born in Kobe, Japan to a Japanese mother and a French Canadian-American father, Mari L'Esperance was awarded a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her full-length collection The Darkened Temple, published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2008. An earlier collection Begin Here was awarded a Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize. With Tomás Q. Morín, she has edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (2013 Prairie Lights Books, an imprint of the University of Iowa Press).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By philip levine on August 4, 2013
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The essay by poet Larry Levis on his friend & mentor is worth the price of the book & more. In fact it is one of the finest things I've ever read on the art & value of teaching. .
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