The Cadence of Mercy by Richard Levine


Richard Levine’s The Cadence of Mercy insists the contradictions of praise and blame, the march of events, belong to us all. “Are [we] suffering/ from loss or too much memory?” And in “Fall,” the recurring wonder of tenderness: “Didn’t we fall into that exquisite /embrace with nothing to hold / us up but each other?” This is a spirited collection, ranging from the historical fate of the Indians, the Holocaust, our melting pot America, the ritual blessing of making bread, the [Brooklyn] Dodgers, Vietnam, what we learned on the playground and in school: “Leaving for holiday, I pack / language and inventions we shaped, history/we made. All our fingerprints are there.”

Nicholas Johnson, Editor,

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The Cadence of Mercy by Richard Levine

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