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Philip Levine

Ball point pen on today's newsprint

Forged in industrial Detroit, the Pulitzer Prize winning, workingman's poet is named United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress.

from today's NYT

Library of Congress resources

I liked this snippet from a 1994 Los Angeles Times article:

An amateur boxer, Levine enjoyed physical work at first. He believed working with his hands would leave his mind free for poetry. Indeed, when asked which job was the worst, he likes to say Detroit Transmission was pretty bad, but the semester he spent teaching poetry to a classroom full of future lawyers and doctors at Princeton was worse.

read the whole article here

4 Comments
  1. Pat
    August 10, 2011 -

    Good reading this. Refreshing. I'll share: "Something was being called for/by the words said/heard to gather/four souls for mystery/holy still." from "Walking on Words" '97

  2. August 10, 2011 -

    Called for indeed. Thanks for sharing Pat.

  3. August 13, 2011 -

    Wonderful portrait--I was pleased to see this happen

  4. August 15, 2011 -

    Lovely post! I'm glad to become acquainted with Levine, but I'm most grateful to him for introducing me to Galway Kinnell: A little bit about my discovery of Kinnell: http://theoncominghope.blogspot.com/2011/08/discovering-new-old-poets-galway.html