a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for his poems about working-class Detroit. He taught for over thirty years at the English Department of California State University, Fresno and held teaching positions at other universities as well. He is appointed to serve as the Poet Laureate of the United States for 2011–2012.
Philip Levine grew up in industrial Detroit, the second of three sons and the first of identical twins of Jewish immigrant parents. His father, Harry Levine, owned a used auto parts business, his mother, Esther Priscol (Prisckulnick) Levine, was a bookseller. When Levine was five years old, his father died. Growing up, he faced the ... more »
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- A Sleepless Night
- An Abandoned Factory, Detroit
- What Work Is
- A Woman Waking
- Animals Are Passing From Our Lives
- Among Children
- Any Night
- Call It Music
- The Simple Truth
- Clouds Above The Sea
- An Ending
- Detroit Grease Shop Poem
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''I can smellPhilip Levine (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Animals Are Passing from Our Lives (l. 6-10). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed....
the blade that opens the hole
and the pudgy white fingers
that shake out the intestines
like a hankie.''
''It's wonderful how I jogPhilip Levine (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Animals Are Passing from Our Lives (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. ...
on four-honed-down ivory toes
my massive buttocks slipping
like oiled parts with each light step.''
''You've gotten in through the transomPhilip Levine (b. 1928), U.S. poet. To a Child Trapped in a Barber Shop (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed....
and you can't get out
till Monday morning or, worse,
till the cops come.''
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