More Than Words 

Poets create art with words. Poetry, its essence, connects us through emotion and imagination. When crafted with this in mind, words can go beyond and reveal in bits and pieces what it is to be human.

"We tease ourselves with possibility," writes Jeffrey Levine in his poem "My Antonia," "because we can't help counting the stones and counting the heartbeats and the widening spaces between."

Levine is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry: Mortal, Everlasting and Rumor of Cortez. His poems are sometimes reverent and reflective, sometimes witty and entertaining. He contemplates love and life, shares his version of the stories of Adam and Eve and Odysseus, and recounts fictional experiences of Vincent Van Gogh.

With his delightfully descriptive narrative works, he takes us to a wintry night among Eskimos where "the sky is clear and piped with stars" and then to his study where he is lost in imagination while finger painting with his son. He writes, "My fingers twist the shapes of crooked streets slurring thumbs through the pigment-ooze."

Levine is the founder and editor in chief of Tupelo Press, an independent literary press in Dorset, Vermont, and he recently won the 2007 American Literary Review Poetry Prize.

Levine will conduct a poetry reading, followed by a booksigning at Rhodes College on Thursday, March 13th.

Jeffrey Levine, Thursday, March 13th, 7:30 p.m. in Clough Hall at Rhodes College. Free.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.


Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

Fly On The Wall Blog

Memphis Comedy Show "You Look Like" Begins Airing on LOL Network

Politics Beat Blog

Mulroy to Read from New Book on Election Reform

News Blog

OUTMemphis Starts Building New Youth Center

From My Seat

Bridge ’Birds

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Stephen Chopek

Blurb

Bill Morris' Legendary Life

Tiger Blue

Memphis Tigers' NIT History

Tiger Blue

AAC Semifinals: #11 Houston 61, Tigers 58

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Climax

Politics Beat Blog

Tennessee General Assembly Honors John Kilzer

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Shara Clark

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2019

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation