Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Larry Levis (LEH-vihs) primarily wrote poetry, much of his nonfiction prose is collected in The Gazer Within (2001), a volume in the Poets on Poetry series from the University of Michigan Press. The collection includes the title essay “Some Notes on the Gazer Within,” originally published in 1980. Levis and his wife, Marcia Southwick, each contributed half of the fourteen prose poems that constitute The Leopard’s Mouth Is Dry and Cold Inside. Sound recordings of Levis include a reading given on the program New Letters on the Air, broadcast in October of 1977, and a recording made with poet Thylias Moss in February, 1991, at the Library of Congress. A work of fiction, Black Freckles: Stories, was published in 1992.