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"In a curious way, I'm not much interested in language. In my ideal poem, no words are noticed. You look through them into a vision of... just see the people, the place."
-Philip Levine, who turns 80 today

Words that don't call attention to themselves - or, by extension, to the writer - but instead to the people and the place those words are describing. I really admire that.

January 10, 2008 in Books | Permalink