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Animals Are passing From Our Lives

Philip Levine


Animals Are passing From Our Lives

Philip Levine


Poem introduction

In 1965, I lived in Spain, very close to what was there called the 'abbatoir' - the slaughterhouse. And I used to see animals driven to the slaughterhouse. Not driven in trucks, but driven on the ground - they walked. And they seemed somehow to anticipate something good wasn't waiting for them. The title itself comes from a line by Isak Dineson in a interview she gave about the changes in the world she noticed.

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