PHILLIP LEVINE holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wayne State University. He has published many books of poetry – of which Not This Pig was his second – as well as translations of poetry from the Spanish. Among his many awards are the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the American Book Award in 1980, and, most recently, the National Book Award in Poetry for 1991. He teaches at California State University and lives in Fresno.
"One of the best books of poetry to come out of the sixties . . . His perspective is usually so healthy and so complete that I have come back to the poems again and again"~James McMichael, Southern Review
""Writing with seeming ease and no avant-garde pyrotechnics, [Levine] puts together poemsthat have simultaneous bite and gentleness.""~Publishers Weekly
""One of the best books of poetry to come out of the sixties . . . His perspective is usually so healthy and so complete that I have come back to the poems again and again""~James McMichael, Southern Review
""Not This Pig shows [Levine] to be a poet of growing power and strangeness In most of his poems Levine sketches in an apparently concrete experience, but he blurs the edges so that the reader is propelled into the realms of mystery.""~Judson Jerome, Saturday Review