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About the Author

Jan Heller Levi’s first collection of poems, Once I Gazed at You in Wonder, won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and poems from her second collection, Skyspeak, won The Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America. She is the editor of A Muriel Rukeyser Reader, served as consulting editor for the new edition of The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser, and is currently writing the biography of Rukeyser. She is also co-editor, with Sara Miles, of Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan. She lives in New York City with her husband, the Swiss novelist and playwright Christoph Keller, and teaches at Hunter College
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Alice James Books (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938584031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938584039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Levi’s Orphan seems like water so clear you can see everything on the bottom, pebbles, shells, bits of human detritus. You dip a toe; it seems warm, so you wade in. Without warning, you’re soaked to the waist. The water is cool, unexpectedly deep, and subtly moving.
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Jan Heller's ORPHAN is a book of leaps and bounds, of cars and stars, of praise and of grazing in the fields of poetry. Heller can channel the voices of heroes as wildly different as June Jordan, Muriel Rukeyser and Lao Tsu, yet her voice is all her own, equally commanding with comedy and tragedy, and the mix of them. The poems recounting life with an "adventurer" (who happens to be in a wheelchair) are like nothing else you've read. Heller is generous to parents, to other poets, and to the world's revolutions. And here is what she asks her readers:

what do we see
what can we see without seeing
what have we been given
what has been taken away
what are the questions underneath our questions
how do we make our griefs our tools
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From first poem to last, I was drawn right on through, never stopping the reading. These poems have such a true and consistent music that even while their ostensible subjects vary, they retain a familiness (sic), a holding together of view and tone, from poem to poem, as though they were all parts of a single,great poem. I've rarely been so caught up that I read a book of poetry in one sitting, but with "Orphan" I did, drawn on, one small story to the next. And then, two days later, I sat and read the whole book again.
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