Temples and Fields (Paperback)

By Phillis Levin

University of Georgia Press, 9780820333502, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2009


About the Author

Phillis Levin is the author of three other collections of poems: "The Afterimage," "Mercury," and "May Day." She is the editor of "The Penguin Book of the Sonnet." Her many honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award (for "Temples and Fields"), a Fulbright Fellowship to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She lives in New York, is a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Hofstra University, and also teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.

Praise For Temples and Fields

"A lost age of gold haunts these deft and intense poems. At their best they show us how to claim it for our own."--James Merrill

"Temples and Fields has any number of finely constructed ideas, sanctuaries for this poet's devoted intelligence—and all around them stretches an inviting expanse of natural detail. As we move among Phillis Levin's cool, stately, fluted lines, their marble miraculously 'embeds . . . its igneous past, / Being made of what it was not.' We emerge refreshed, believing, grateful."--J. D. McClatchy

"Over the surface of these poems the play of light and shadow is traced with steely delicacy, and yet they're big-hearted and tough-minded poems. Their maker is already an accomplished stylist, and too mature to show off her formidable skills; instead, she uses them . . . . Phillis Levin's debut should be met with gratitude."--William Matthews

"Her fierce intellect sanctifies the brilliant architecture of these poems with a promise of love."--Molly Peacock