As a somewhat unusual twist this week, our 84th vintage selection is not one, but two works by the same author. Harriet Levin’s very poetic prose and poetry fit perfectly together, almost as though looking at the same scene from two different camera angles. “Flesh” and “Jacket” are pieces that first appeared in DB 17, Summer 2013– go check them out and you’ll see why!
“Rue pulls her hair back into a ponytail to gather each loose strand. She walks over to the couch, around it to the back and pokes her elbows through the threadbare upholstery and cups her chin in her hands.”
“The cold air in the unheated studio
made me shiver. The jacket lay slung
over the arms of his mechanical chair.
Rue watched me reach for it. “
Harriet Levin is the author of two books of poetry: Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books, 2010), which was a National Poetry Series finalist, and The Christmas Show (Beacon Press, 1997), which was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. She is also coeditor of Creativity and Writing Pedagogy: Linking Creative Writers, Researchers and Teachers (Equinox Books, 2014). Levin’s honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Catagnola Award, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline Award, and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She is married to Rick Millan and lives in Philadelphia where she teaches and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University. To learn more about Levin, check out her page on Drexel’s website.