The Mercy

The Mercy
Levine, Philip. “The Mercy.” The Mercy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

Why is it that I can see some poems as mini movies? “The Mercy” paints a picture of Levine’s mother and her immigration to New York. It’s simple and short, but loaded with imagery. I can see the boat, waiting off-shore (quarantined until all illness had passed), or the sailor who teaches the eight year old girl how to say “orange” as she enjoys the juice-laden fruit.
There is respect and love woven into the words. Levine’s entire book of poetry is dedicated to his mother and the cover of the book depicts immigrants waiting to come ashore. Who knows? Maybe his mother is in the picture? I do not know.

BookLust Twist:From More Book Lust in the chapter, “Poetry Pleasers” (p 189).


2 Comments on “The Mercy”

  1. Ruby Tues says:

    My sister recently recommended the movie Nuovomondo (The Golden Door). It is an Italian film (I think that is what she said) from the point of view of the immigrants coming to NYC on a ship. Your review reminded me of it becuase the review sounded similar to the way my sister described the film. Not sure how they would compare, but you might want to add to your NetFlix list … just to see if there is any similarity.

  2. gr4c5 says:

    I’m always looking for recommendations so thanks! We will add it to The List.


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