A LATE STYLE OF FIRE: LARRY LEVIS, AMERICAN POET

Directed by Michele Poulos
Documentary Feature / 93 mins / Virginia

A Late Style of Fire conveys the intensities of contemporary poetry by probing a central question raised by the life of Larry Levis: is self-destruction an inescapable aspect of choosing the path of a serious commitment to art? Through encountering Levis's work and his story—explored in conversations with his colleagues, friends, and family as well as footage of the charged landscapes found in his poetry, we learn about his professional and personal life, marked by brilliance and generosity, yet sometimes troubled or even scandalous, and ultimately we are faced with the dilemma that W. B. Yeats proposed in "The Choice": "The intellect of man is forced to choose / Perfection of the life, or of the work." It’s a film narrating the biography of a deeply flawed yet intensely talented man that embodies the risky challenges of a life devoted to making art.

FILM BLOCK 4 - Friday, Sept. 15 - 2:30 pm - THEATER 1

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