By Philip Levine
Winner of the nationwide booklet Award in 1991
"This assortment quantities to a hymn of compliment for the entire employees of the US. those proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, bathroom toilet, candy Pea, and Packy, paintings the furnaces, forges, slag tons, meeting strains, and loading docks at areas with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin's high-quality Plumbing and Plating. purely Studs Terkel's operating ways the pathos and sweetness of this ebook. yet Levine's characters also are major for his or her internal lives, no longer basically their jobs. they're surprisingly creative, residing 'at the borders of dreams.' One reads The Tempest 'slowly to himself'; one other ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn via his instructor to signify a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of 'the darkish from the dark.' What paintings Is ranks as a massive paintings by means of an immense poet . . . very available and completely American in tone and language."
--Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal
Philip Levine was once born in 1928 in Detroit and used to be officially proficient there, within the public faculties and at Wayne collage (now Wayne kingdom University). After a succession of commercial jobs, he left town for solid and lived in quite a few elements of the rustic sooner than settling in Fresno, California, the place he taught on the country collage until eventually his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in place of dwelling at manhattan collage. He has bought many awards for his books of poems, together with the nationwide booklet Award in 1991 for What paintings Is and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for the easy fact. In 2011 he was once appointed Poet Laureate of the U.S.. He divides his time among Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.