By Philip Levine
Winner of the nationwide e-book 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 lavatory, candy Pea, and Packy, paintings the furnaces, forges, slag lots, meeting strains, and loading docks at areas with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin's fine Plumbing and Plating. purely Studs Terkel's operating methods the pathos and sweetness of this booklet. yet Levine's characters also are major for his or her internal lives, now not in basic terms their jobs. they're strangely inventive, dwelling 'at the borders of dreams.' One reads The Tempest 'slowly to himself'; one other ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by way of 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 huge paintings via an important poet . . . very available and totally American in tone and language."
--Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal
Philip Levine used to be born in 1928 in Detroit and used to be officially expert there, within the public colleges and at Wayne collage (now Wayne country University). After a succession of commercial jobs, he left the town for strong and lived in numerous components of the rustic ahead of settling in Fresno, California, the place he taught on the nation college until eventually his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in place of dwelling at manhattan collage. He has acquired many awards for his books of poems, together with the nationwide e-book 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 us. He divides his time among Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.