Honoring Philip Levine (1928–2015)

In 1994, ibiblian Max Leach and friends took a trip to Fresno, California to visit with Philip Levine and to record him reading and commenting on several of his poems for the Internet Poetry Archive hosted here. We all remember Levine for his poems of apparent simplicity and strength, but listening you hear his virtuosity and control and patterning through sounds and syllabics that give his stories their punch-in-the-gut feel.

Philip Levine

Among the poems are a number of our favorites:

Animals are passing from our lives

What work is

They feed they lion

All the poems and more here at the Internet Poetry Archive.

Internet Poetry Archive

Mid-Winter; Warm Love

cc-licensed derivative work from flickr user Kjunstorm


“All passions make us commit some faults, love alone makes us ridiculous.”

François duc de La Rochefoucauld
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims from Project Gutenberg. [Link to Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims no longer available]

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A Cowboy Valentine’s Day Date

If a cowboy should ask you out
On a Valentine’s Day date,
Don’t get in a hurry,
‘Cause you can bet that he’ll be late.

Sustainable Farmers offer poetic advice for dating cowboys on Valentine’s Day.

St Valentine baptizing St Lucilla

WebMuseum, one of the oldest and still well used and referenced sites on the web, offers St Valentine Baptizing St Lucilla by Jacopo Bassano (circa 1575).

Voyez donc comme elle est belle, ma Valentine

Écrit en français, George Sand raconte une histoire de valentine et de l’amour – bien sûr. via le Projet Gutenberg.