Larry Levis, “Elegy Ending in the Sound of a Skipping Rope,” from Elegy, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997†   Larry Levis’s “Elegy Ending in the Sound of a Skipping Rope,” the last poem in Elegy, his posthumous collection, closes with a turn so perfect that at first I hesitated to write about it—as though I could actually ruin its effect by doing so (a silly thought). What makes the poem so perfect is the way it wraps around on itself, its recursive motifs like the sequined scaled skin of an eel, alive and moving. Few poems achieve such voltage. A tour de force of 336 lines divided into three sections (each with their own subsections), the poem moves through episodes that take us in…