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Winner of the 2000 Transcontinental Poetry Award for an outstanding first book-length collection of poetry or prose
Jeffrey Levine has won the Larry Levis Prize from The Missouri Review and the James Hearst Award from North American Review. His poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry International, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, an independent literary press located in Dorset, VT.
The poems appeared in many journals, including: The Alembic, The Antioch Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, 5 AM, ForPoetry.com, GSU Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Kerf, Kestrel, Luna, Many Mountains Moving, Mississippi Review, Missouri Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry International, Ploughshares, Quarter After Eight, Quarterly West, Virginia Quarterly
Review, Yankee Magazine. "Dawn With Cardinals," and "One month before his 50th birthday," were republished on Poetry Daily (www.poems.com)."Dawn, With Cardinals," "One month before his 50th birthday," "Penelope Draws From Life," "Telemachus in San Miguel," and "Turns Out Circe Has Something of a Past" were awarded the 1999 Larry Levis Award by the editors of The Missouri Review.
Mortal, Everlasting offers poems which are measured, patient, musical, witty, serious, formal in feeling, and totally human. These poems create enchanted spaces rich in memory and imagination - all we have to draw our surest knowledge from. Levine will tell you why God trusts none of us, that He is not religious, and that 'we are as easily hidden from as seen.' We learn the secret history of Odysseus and his family, and what Circe and Van Gogh do on their vacations. Poetry makes us privy to an
understanding not even contained in the lines of the poem, but only in our responses to them. This book is a telling of marvels.
--Howard McCord, Contest Judge
The poems of Jeffrey Levine honor language in ways few poets can. By honor, I mean the presence of the poet is welcome through the tension between experience and perception. The result is a book of magnificent voices, awareness, and sheer triumph. Reading Jeffrey Levine's poems, I am reminded that the moment poetry takes over our lives is the instant we know there is no going back.
A melancholy chronicle of love and loss, Jeffrey Levine's effusive first poems spill over with sentiment and lush aural pleasures. His 'art-full' persona poems are part parody, part pathos, filled with gentle, self-depricating wit, and his re-figuring Greek myth as every man makes the poet a little more heroic, the Gods a little more human. If the poems are rueful, they're rueful like the Brahms' clarinet Quintet:
there's pleasure in the sadness and sadness in the pleasure.
Jeffrey Levine's poems read like brilliant jazz riffs played by a master classical musician. They sing. They sway. They swing.