Monday, February 16, 2015

Philip Levine

1928 – 2015

Philip Levine, who found poetry in the lives of working people, died on Saturday at his home in Fresno, California. He was 87. Philip Levine was a former United States poet laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the recipient of two National Book Awards.
Photo: Frances Levine

Here's our post from August 10, 2011, when Philip Levine became poet laureate.

Philip Levine — New Poet Laureate

Today the Library of Congress named Philip Levine the new poet laureate of the United States, succeeding W.S. Merwin. In this video Levine talks about his neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, and his admiration for Brooklyn's Walt Whitman.