Peter Levitt is a man who has many careers: poet, author, translator, and lifelong peace activist. Levitt is originally from the United States but now lives in British Columbia, Canada.
Statement of Conscience (for Poets Against the War)
For a poet, whose morality and words are identities, there is often nothing more substantial to place against the cruelty of the world than the innate intimacy between things a poem manages to express. I think that as poets we have the hidden hope—perhaps hidden even from ourselves—that, against all odds, our poems will somehow reestablish a ground where life, in all its true nature and various forms, can live as it was meant to. Foolish, foolish souls, blessed with the notion—the certainty—that a human being armed with nothing more than a syllable may help to repair the world. And yet, if only for a moment, here and there, we have not been proven wrong.
Fill the air with poems
can't fall through
Questions for Reflection: Statement of Conscience and “untitled”
- What importance does Levitt place on words?
- What forces drive a poet to write?
- Are poets always aware of these forces?What is the dream that Levitt speaks of in regard to writing poetry?
- Why do you write poetry? How are your feelings close to those expressed by Peter Levitt?
- In “untitled” what hope does Levitt have for poems? How does this poem reflect his thoughts about the power of poetry?