I realized poetry’s the thing that I can do ’cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.

Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You’ll have that readership. Keep going until you know you’re doing work that’s worthy. And then see what happens. That’s my advice.

My mother carried on and supported us her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary the only home.

The irony is going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.

There’ll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them and I am a poet of memory.

Philip Levine Poetry Quotes