Philip Levine New Poet Laureate of the U.S.

The Library of Congress announced today that Philip Levine is the new Poet Laureate of the United States. He follows W.S. Merwin. The appointments last for a year. Here is further information from their web page:

“PHILIP LEVINE was born in Detroit in 1928, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, and educated at Wayne University (now Wayne State), the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University. He is the author of twenty collections of poetry, and his honors include the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, and two National Book Critic Circle Awards.”

The Library of Congress press release contains a lot of information about the poet and his work.

I checked our catalog to find out which of his books we own, for people interested in reading his work. There were 14, including 7 Years from Somewhere, Ashes: Poems Old and New; Names of the Lost, Not This Pig, Off The Map, One for the Rose,  Selected Poems, What Work Is: Poems, and a lot more. There is also a sound recording of him reading his work.

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