The Minor Virtues: Poems


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Ragged Sky Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.22 inches | 0.27 pounds

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"Lynn Levin's The Minor Virtues is such a lovely honoring of the small, the minor sweetnesses that a life is made of."

-Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights

"The subjects of these unpretentious but tantalizing poems range from the domestic and the everyday to the mythic and the religious. Lynn Levin is a poet of the disused, the broken, the modest, and the unrecovered. She is also a poet of restitution and repair. From the grocery store to the classroom, from adolescence to deathbed, from past to present, and from home to abroad, the arc of her poems is that of the life we all lead. She offers us gentle examples of how to lead it. Her many virtues, variously presented and contained here, are more than minor. Maturity, wisdom, and wit are among them."

-Willard Spiegelman, author of Seven Pleasures

"In poem after poem, Lynn Levin creates work, by turns, humorous and serious, and she is not afraid to enter poetic traditions that some might find bold."

-Kim Bridgford, author of A Crown for Ted and Sylvia

"Reading these poems, I, too, began to celebrate minor gifts: that oranges and apples rescued from the marked-down cart can be turned into a bounty of salads and pies, that pea tendrils in spring finally "get the hang of it," weaving a green cloth on the back fence so lovely that the poet wants to wear it. Lynn Levin writes about driftwood "coughed up by the cold Atlantic," about the small skid of love in the voice of a neighbor calling his lost dog, and about the pleasure of thinking about nothing. Out of such minimal blessings Levin shows us what a marvelous book can be made."

-Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking