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Photograph of Larry LevisImage: Larry Levis Papers, VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives


Larry Levis - A selected bibliography


Wrecking Crew. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972.

The Afterlife. University of Iowa Press, 1977.

The Dollmaker’s Ghost. Dutton, 1981.

Winter Stars. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985.

The Widening Spell of the Leaves. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991.

Elegy. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.

The Selected Levisrevised edition. Selected and with an afterword by David St. John. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003.

The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems. edited by David St. John. Graywolf Press, 2016.


The Gazer Within. University of Michigan Press, 2001.


Black Freckles. Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.


About Larry Levis

A Condition of the Spirit : the Life and Work of Larry Levis. Christopher Buckley and Alexander Long, eds. Eastern Washington University Press, 2004.

Levine, Philip. In Memory of Larry Levis


Thinking About Poetry

Frost, Robert. "The Figure a Poem Makes." 

Fussell, Paul. Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Random House, 1988.

Hirsch, Edward. How To Read A Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999. Excerpt from Chapter 1 available from Poetry Foundation.

Kinzie, Mary. A Poet's Guide to Poetry. University of Chicago Press, 1999, 2013.

Lennard, JohnThe Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 1997.

McNair, Wesley C. "Advice For Beginning Poets."

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 3rd ed. Princeton University Press, 1993.