First Light is a joint publication of The Press at CSU Fresno and Greenhouse Review Press that celebrates the life and work of Philip Levine, through 50+ essays, letters, tributes by friends and colleagues.

Thoughts on First Light:

And surely one hears, from his very first book, what continues to be Phil's singular voice: his insistence on memory, personal and historical, as a way of keeping a perspective on the rush of the immediate and the fashionable; his dedication to clear speech in opposition to the constant hum of political, social, and cultaral cant; his joy in freedom and eccentricity, his aspirations for what is most decent in us, his sense of narrative which binds us to our common humanity.

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