blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


PIVOT POINTS  |  First Generation Poet

Larry Levis

I think that most poets labor joyously a long time to learn the language, to hear it, to speak it, to write it. It is also important to read poetry for me, to see how other men and women have used language during their time on earth. Beyond that process, which goes on all the time, there is simply a long walk in the dark and the sweet electrical moment in which a fresh poem occurs. Though this may be the same poem that has occurred through the ages. It may even be the same moment, friends.
—Iowa City, Iowa, 1973.  

 Swirl and Vortex
   The Two Trees    Los Dos Arboles

   Notes and Acknowledgments
   Levis Reading Loop