A Walk with Jefferson by Philip Levine

By Philip Levine

The muse for the name poem of Philip Levine's A stroll with Tom Jefferson is now not the founding father and 3rd president of the U.S. that almost all readers may think upon listening to the identify. Levine's Tom Jefferson is sort of various from his namesake: he's an African American dwelling in a destitute quarter of commercial Detroit. yet to Levine, he's "wise, compassionate, planned, honest...a nice unknown American." In A stroll with Tom Jefferson, Philip Levine reminds us why he's most sensible identified for his poems approximately working-class existence in Detroit--and why such a lot of humans count number a Levine poem between their favorites.

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