What Work Is
What Work Is
Philip Levine



Winner of the National Book Award in 1991
 
"This collection amounts to a hymn of praise for all the workers of America. These proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, Loo, Sweet Pea, and Packy, work the furnaces, forges, slag heaps, assembly lines, and loading docks at places with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin's First-Rate Plumbing and Plating. Only Studs Terkel’s Working approaches the pathos and beauty of this book. But Levine’s characters are also significant for their inner lives, not merely their jobs. They are unusually artistic, living 'at the borders of dreams.’ One reads The Tempest ‘slowly to himself’; another ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by his teacher to suggest a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of ‘the dark from the dark.’ What Work Is ranks as a major work by a major poet . . . very accessible and utterly American in tone and language."
—Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal

Title What Work Is
Author Philip Levine
Publisher Knopf
Dewey Classification 811.54
Title First Published 21 April 1992
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 96 p.
ISBN-10 0679740589
ISBN-13 9780679740582
Publication Date 21 April 1992
Main content page count 96
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00
 


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