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The author of collection book of poems has contributed frequently to American Poetry Review, Antaeus and Field. His previous books include Wrecking Crew, which won the Lamont award of the Academy of American Poets, the Dollmaker's Ghost, and Winter Stars...

Title : The Widening Spell of the Leaves
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ISBN : 9780822954545
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 88 Pages
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The Widening Spell of the Leaves Reviews

  • Danielle DeTiberus
    2018-09-25 15:45

    Leaves me scratching my head, each time, wondering how the hell he does it.

  • secondwomn
    2018-10-18 14:25


  • Kent
    2018-09-26 14:36

    For my money, this is Levis' best book. I admit there are times when I fluctuate between it and Elegy, which seems to be most people's favorite. But the longer sequence in this book, "The Perfection of Solitude," is one of the most sincere, confounding, and ambitious explorations into the lyric Levis has accomplished. It reminds me much more of Ashbery's meditations than some of the more conventional influences people align Levis with. And I guess that's what makes this book just that much more than Elegy. I feel like its girth spans lines of poetic style, and makes me see the extent of his talent.

  • Jsavett1
    2018-10-02 14:49

    This is a must read poetic masterpiece based upon "The Perfection of Solitude" alone. But there is so much more here. Made up of more extended pieces united by imagery or tone or theme, the poems in this little collection are incantatory and prophetic in a way that some of Levis's shorter poems hinted.In his afterward to Levis's recently published Selected Levis, David St. John elegantly summarizes what make Levis's poems great in general. If his words are true for Levis's oeuvre, they apply even more aptly to the poems of The Widening Spell of the Leaves:"[for Levis] Death is just another indignity to endure, the supreme banality...Levis envisions many of his poems as a kind of self-deliverance from the convention of death as an these poems is Levis's hope in a desperate tenderness that might rescue us from...oblivion...He has asked us to examine and condemn our growing numbness to the world. He saw the most intimate expressions of constituting individual acts of courage."In poem after poem here, Levis draws our attention to the idea that "Play is sacred," and pays homage to the revelations to be found in simplicity. Like a wren "so common it was never once distracted from/The nothing all wrens meant, the one feather on the road." Levis's genius is in showing us how difficult but absolutely essential this lack of distraction is for meaning and dignity.

  • Cody Smith
    2018-10-21 14:26

    One of my favorites from Levis. His work, like the leaves, always seem to drift without pattern, swirling about as it touches the specific and enlarges to tackle any and everything imaginable. But always all of a sudden the poems come together, usually by a battery of connected images, and the looseness of the poem becomes a joy to read. I always finish a Levis poem asking myself how he just did what he did. Larry Levis was one of the greats.

  • Michael Gossett
    2018-09-22 09:35

    Perhaps my favorite Levis book; to be read in conjunction with 'Elegy,' I'm thinking. A poet of ghosts, Larry Levis's patented 'rippling' effect allows the meditative mind to fix on an object and radiate outward, landing in dark and unexpected corners and remaining, resonating, there indefinitely.

  • Jeremy Allan
    2018-10-05 16:34

    I'm still trying to understand the character of Levis' genius, but it keeps getting away from me.

  • Caelin
    2018-09-27 08:37

    Excellent collection. Add this to the essential elegy list! Levis explores the price of personal freedom and what comes once it is attained.

  • Susan
    2018-10-13 10:41

    It's been a long time. Memories.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-18 14:27

    Central Californian poet... Pretty beautiful writing, is recommend adding this one to your regular poetry book rotation.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-13 14:41

    I love Larry Levis so much. This collection is riveting and impassioned.

  • Emilyrs
    2018-10-04 14:40

    Great book, I'm sure, but it's just not my taste.