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Reader recommendation: What Work Is

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By Paul Sedan, San Francisco / February 19, 2013


I just finished What Work Is, by Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is best known for his poems about working-class Detroit.  As someone who grew up in Motown, his poems resonate with me.  His word-pictures take you into the heart of the working class, albeit with a grace and deeply felt kinship with those who work with their hands.

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