Honest, heartfelt and unflinching, the poems in White Food make a compelling journey through a life-cycle that will resonate with readers, enlarging their perceptions of their own life experiences. Piquant portraits of childhood and adolescence, family relationships, the vicissitudes of marriage and divorce, losing parents to dementia and cancer, and the challenges of the authors own aging all are conveyed with deep feeling, keen insight, moxie and wit. Music, art and nature figure significantly in many poems, and there is much to amuse and surprise as well as to move the reader deeply.
White Food (2016, 80 pp; $15.95 plus s&h) is available from the publisher, Mayapple Press, and at www.amazon.com and can also be ordered through your local bookstore (ISBN I-886124-01-9). Cover design: Toni Levi and Judith Kerman. Artwork by Rebecca Levi. Mayapple Press (member CLMP) was established in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman.
The long, profoundly personal title poem in Watching Mother Disappear speaks to the emotional and psychological complexities of caring for a parent suffering from Alzheimers. The collection continues with poems that explore other relationships and experiences, engage in flights of fancy, and meditate on finite time and the precariousness of the world we now inhabit.
Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems (2009, 86 pp; $15.95 plus s&h) is available from Mayapple Press and at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com and can also be ordered through your local bookstore (ISBN 978-0932412-83-6). Cover design: Patti Capaldi
For A Dancing Bear (1995, 64 pp; $9.95 plus s&h) may be ordered from the publisher, Three Mile Harbor, Box 1, Stuyvesant NY. Contact email@example.com to inquire about method of payment and shipping and handling charges. The book is also available at www.amazon.com (ISBN I-886124-01-9). Cover design: Irene Ledwith. Three Mile Harbor was founded in 1991 by poet and editor Antje Katcher.
Author James McConkey says of this book: "Originality, vigor, and glorious phrasing are found on every page. Levi is a versatile artist who communicates in poem after poem a maturity of insight, a vision that is modest yet encompassing. There are some extraordinary poems in this collection."