Poetry. 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 author's own aging—all are conveyed not only with deep feeling but also with keen insight, moxie and wit. Music, art and nature figure significantly in many of these poems, and there is much to amuse and surprise as well as to move the reader deeply. WHITE FOOD is Toni Mergentime Levi's third book of poems and the second to be published by Mayapple Press.
"A wonderful book! In this lovely and affecting collection, Levi's poetic stories take us on a life-long journey, wherein the stewardship of time, memory, humanity and love passes from one generation to another, challenging each of us as we travel on. It may, indeed, be darkness that lies at the end of our journey, but as Levi suggests, we are sustained by the hope that some essential trace of who we are and those we've loved will survive."—Eleanor Lerman
"Musical, insightful, Toni Levi's collection is filled with poems of grace and offbeat discernment. With joy I salute the maturity and depth of her work."—Colette Inez
"Toni Levi's poetry has grace, intelligence, delicate feeling and wit. Her clear voice can be heard in all she writes."—Molly Peacock
"The often lyrical, always personal pieces in WATCHING MOTHER DISAPPEAR match the long, pitch-perfect title poem in quality of thought, clarity of expression and depth of feeling."—Thaddeus Rutkowski
Toni Mergentime Levi is a poet and librettist. WHITE FOOD, her latest book of poems from Mayapple Press (2016), was preceded by two other full-length collections: WATCHING MOTHER DISAPPEAR & OTHER POEMS (Mayapple Press, 2009) and For A Dancing Bear (Three Mile Harbor, 1995). Her work has also appeared in numerous journals including Prairie Schooner, Crosscurrents, Confrontation, Kansas Quarterly, California Quarterly, and Apalachee Quarterly, as well as online (Poetry Daily), on radio (WBAI-FM) and in anthologies including two editions of The Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry.
Toni has been awarded residencies at VCCA, Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany), Konstepidemin (Sweden), MacDowell, Djerassi, Ucross, Millay and Saltonstall. Thanksgiving, one of two operas and several other collaborations with composer Paul Alan Levi, won a Grand Prize for New Opera from the National Music Theater Network. The opera has been performed at the American Music Theater Festival, Lincoln Center's Newhouse Theatre, 42nd Street's Theater Row (NYC) and other venues. In 2007, Venture, a collaboration with composer Charles Fussell, premiered at the Tanglewood Music Center and will be released on a recording by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. A native New Yorker, Toni lives in Manhattan.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA