By Philip Levine
The muse for the identify poem of Philip Levine's A stroll with Tom Jefferson is no longer the founding father and 3rd president of the U.S. that almost all readers could think upon listening to the identify. Levine's Tom Jefferson is kind of assorted from his namesake: he's an African American dwelling in a destitute region of commercial Detroit. yet to Levine, he's "wise, compassionate, planned, honest...a nice unknown American." In A stroll with Tom Jefferson, Philip Levine reminds us why he's most sensible identified for his poems approximately working-class lifestyles in Detroit--and why such a lot of humans count number a Levine poem between their favorites.
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The price. It is worth the price. It is worth it, for it must be worth it. P Then Philosophy The inch worm is crystal clear With this green. Touch it with doubt And the world succumbs at once, Vanishing into the bruise. The municipalities Of idea that replace 35 The history of inch worm Brilliance are the expert Province of the world as it Quite departs. Is supplanted. Memory muses better Of it as we make query Of new fruit from a new world. P Side View (Alumna Report) The organism bores through, Has side eﬀects, everyone Knows all about them, loses Patience with them in time Patience loses too, whether To love or psoriasis.
A group of horses swinging their necks Resonate too, until the brightest Of the pities dims them, the latest Foal agrees to ordure, grabs at rest, Reimbursed by rumors that confuse Their kind with kindness. Soon the mountains Frown and lean over us; the frightened Horses forget the veracities Of the haute école, plundered of trust. All of us love unforgivably, Each time, too, the mountains gather So expressively. Unless we ask 32 The horses how they think of mountains, How they live for beauty, how we do, Knowledge is qualified, limited As theirs is in the shy glare of love.
The sleek dogs Hear the babble as babble, Laugh as the light of pity Fattens on the elegance Their careless strides still fling out Like the seeds of gaiety Into the air of malice. When your good hound goes missing, Something he knew may be what Holds him to earth at the death, While the fox frolics, fabled For taking the sporting view Of destruction; this is not Domesticity; the fox Is swift and sly; the ashes Of the hounds the fox outran Curl in the (call it) spring Air and will do to remind Us of the hound as well as 28 What of Alexandria Remains in educated Fugues without darkness.