” I realized poetry’s the thing that I can do ’cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity. “


” The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry. “


” 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. “


” There’ll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory. “


” For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would save the ordinary from oblivion. “


” Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home. “


” My mother carried on and supported us, her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. “


” I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet. “



All 9 Philip Levine Quotes about Poet in picture


I realized poetry
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.


But I
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You
There
For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would save the ordinary from oblivion.
Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it
My mother carried on and supported us, her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet.
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