” My sense of a poem – my notion of how you revise – is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote. “


” If that voice that you created that is most alive in the poem isn’t carried throughout the whole poem, then I destroy where it’s not there, and I reconstruct it so that that voice is the dominant voice in the poem. “


” But I’m too old to be written about as a young poet. “


” Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You’ll have that readership. Keep going until you know you’re doing work that’s worthy. And then see what happens. That’s my advice. “


” No one can write like Vallejo and not sound like a fraud. He’s just too much himself and not you. “



All 5 Philip Levine Quotes about You in picture


My sense of a poem - my notion of how you revise - is: you get yourself into a state where what you are intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it, but what you wrote.
If that voice that you created that is most alive in the poem isn


But I
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You
No one can write like Vallejo and not sound like a fraud. He
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