from ‘Dearborn Suite’ by Philip Levine, US Poet Laureate
August 16, 2011 by PaulM Posted in History, Lowell, Poetry Leave a Comment
Following is an excerpt from the poem “Dearborn Suite” in the collection “News of the World” by Philip Levine (Knopf, 2009).
Middle-aged, supremely bored
with his wife, hating his work,
unable to sleep, he rises
from bed to pace his mansion
in slippers and robe, wondering
if this is all there ever
will be to becoming Henry Ford,
the man who created
the modern world. The skies
above the great Rouge factory
are black with coke smoke, starless,
the world is starless now, all
because he made it in
his image, no small reward.
. . .
—Philip Levine (c) 2009