Larry Levis: Grappling with the Real World

Updated: Jul 25


The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems, by Larry Levis (Graywolf press 2016); Afterword by David St. John


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Strange, isn’t it, how you can listen to the blues and laugh and cry at the same time, and pick up your life and go on joyfully refreshed afterward with a self wholly remade by a painful cathartic voyeurism, not yours but someone’s, with and through an art that you can only admire and a voice that sinks into your soul and lets you rise again.