Tuesday 18 June 2013

Larry Levis, 1946–1996 (American poet)

* Larry Levis ― remembered and admired for the "generous spirit and sardonic humor"1 in his poems ― had benevolent Jupiter in cynical Scorpio square the cusp of his 12th house, the domain of poetry.


Larry Patrick Levis won the United States Award from the International Poetry Forum for his first book of poems, Wrecking Crew (1972), which included publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The American Academy of Poets named his second book, The Afterlife (1976) as Lamont Poetry Selection. His book The Dollmaker's Ghost was a winner of the Open Competition of the National Poetry Series. Other awards included a YM-YWHA Discovery award, three fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship. His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and in many other anthologies. Larry Levis died of a heart attack in Richmond, Virginia on May 8, 1996, at the age of 49.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.

1. Elizabeth H. Oakes, American Writers (New York: Infobase, 2004), p. 204.


BIRTH DATA: Lawrence Patrick Levis, 30 September 1946, 03:00 (3 a.m.) PST (+8), Fresno, California, USA (36n44, 119w46). ASC: 00 Virgo. RR: AA (from quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Larry Levis, The Gazer Within (University of Michigan Press, 2001), p. 1: "According to the diary of my grandmother, in which little is noted except a half century or more of weather, I was born at 3:00 a.m. in a rainstorm on the last day of September." Year and place of birth from various books; 1946 and county of Fresno given in the California Birth Index.

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