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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 us that almost all readers could think upon listening to the identify. Levine's Tom Jefferson is sort of diversified from his namesake: he's an African American residing 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 top recognized for his poems approximately working-class lifestyles in Detroit--and why such a lot of humans count number a Levine poem between their favorites.

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Vous retournerez a la terre qui vous repugne. Vous serez ce morceau de gel qui dure dans un trou. LI Trois livres sur une table. Les mots ecrits dorment depuis longtemps. IIs ont lutte contre la nuit des choses. Le silence a vaincu. La chambre est vaste de ne plus savoir. Une lueur, qui ne vient pas du jour, flambe et s'enfonce. 37 CLAUDE ESTEBAN XLIX I am the only one who keeps a vigil for the dead. The heart they lost, their mouthless speech, their empty eyes all summon me deeper and denounce me in my night.

Have torn my sex in dreams. Who would want my fear? Who would separate me, without hatred, from my rabble? You who travel far away, I am this darkened pier, this root. Where I die, I still persist. Finish with me. xxx You who triumph in the redness, garden, garden all through summer, I imagine you beneath the snow. I want the snowflakes to cut off the arrogance of your trees. You resolve yourself too fast in perfect fruits. I want the scattered gesture, want the hand which sprinkles you with doubt.

Lei, tout s'est eteint. L'arbre, le vieux soleil des fruits, la promesse parfaite des semences. Je questionne le sol,je continue. Je ramasse une branche morte qui me blesse. XLIV Couvrez-moi de couleuvres. Faites danser le fou et que la foudre se demene. Le delire est partout. J'etais le prince d'un pays de ruse et de mensonge. 'ordure. Maudites, ne m'approchez plus. Portez ailleurs vos rires, vos fanfares. J'aime ce lieu de ranees. Lui seul me reste. Nous y dormirons si tu veux, ma douce, ma secrete ftlle de septembre.

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