Philip Levine

I was studying with some friends last night at the Writer’s Garret, here in Dallas. We’d been reading poems inspired by the fairy tale stories, which are stacked full of gender archetypes. Mothers, fathers, coming of age, jealousy, rebellion, sexuality; those myths have roots in every kind of literature.

When the “father” poems came up, someone mentioned Starlight, by Philip Levine. If you haven’t read it, now’s the time.

This poem is still online at the Berkeley website. Also, you can enjoy the work direct from the author’s voice, at YouTube, in a post by Neil Astley.

“…my father’s voice, is not
his voice, but somehow thick and choked,
a voice I have not heard before, but
heard often since.”


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