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Philip Levine: Past American Voice

Poetry

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 20150403

We remember the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Philip Levine, who died on February 14, 2015 at the age of 87 at his home in Fresno. The work of the former U.S. Poet Laureate has been described as deceptively simple and pulsing with the sweat and grit of manual labor. Born and raised in Detroit, his poetic development began in 1953 at the University Iowa Writers Workshop under Robert Lowell, then his mentor John Berryman. He was interested in places built upon the backs of muzzled and exploited workers, and sought to bear witness for them.  This Past American Voice episode is compiled from two different programs, including a public reading in 1981 and an interview in 1986, and features work now included in his New Selected Poems.

| Subject Matter: Detroit, The Working Man, Race | Interview Year: 2015 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award |

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