• The Mercy

The Mercy

The Mercy

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  • Author
    Philip Levine
  • Publisher
    Knopf
  • Publication date
    07 September 2011

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Mercy

  • Author

    Philip Levine

  • Date Published

    07 September 2011

  • Publisher

    Knopf

  • Pages

    96 pages

  • ISBN

    9780307557889

Book Description

Philip Levine's new collection of poems (his first since The Simple Truth was awarded the Pulitzer Prize) is a book of journeys: the necessary ones that each of us takes from innocence to experience, from youth to age, from confusion to clarity, from sanity to madness and back again, from life to death, and occasionally from defeat to triumph. The book's mood is best captured in the closing lines of the title poem, which takes its name from the ship that brought the poet's mother to America: A nine-year-old girl travels all night by train with one suitcase and an orange. She learns that mercy is something you can eat again and again while the juice spills over your chin, you can wipe it away with the back of your hands and you can never get enough.

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