The Darkening Trapeze

The Darkening Trapeze

The empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to him

Did not arrive, & so his outstretched flesh itself became

A darkening trapeze. The two other acrobats were thieves.

--from "Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze Inside It"

The Darkening Trapeze collects the last poems by Larry Levis, written during the extraordinary blaze of his final years when his poetry expanded into the ambitious operatic masterpieces he is known for. Edited and with an afterword by David St. John… (more)

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Reading The Darkening Trapeze as the last poems written by Levis, one cannot ignore the paramount themes—themes that have found home in much of Levis’s poetry—elegy, loss, the self, and age.


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Publisher: Graywolf Press (January 05, 2016)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English


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