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Poetry. Geologic tides of mountains are too slow to perceive, their violent upheavals too sudden to grasp. But slow or fast, we stand powerless to change their course. Just so, the people in A TIDE OF A HUNDRED MOUNTAINS helplessly observe their own lives and others around them: poems about a boy making a snowball and an old man climbing a mountain frame the book, in between lovers, parents and children embrace and reject, men descend into war and madness…some silent, others too talky, all trying to comprehend the variable speeds of ordinariness and their own sad triumphs.
Richard Levine is the author of That Country’s Soul (Finishing Line Press, 2010), A Language Full of Wars and Songs (Pollack Press, 2004), and Snapshots from a Battle (Headwaters Press/BigCityLit 2001). His collection, A TIDE OF A HUNDRED MOUNTAINS (Bright Hill Press, 2012) won the annual Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. His poem “Believe This” was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kosser’s column, “American Life in Poetry.” In 2010, Mr. Levine was runner-up for the 2010 William Stafford Award for Poetry. A retired teacher, he is learning to steward a forest.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA