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They Feed They Lion

Image of Philip Levine used courtesy of The Poetry Foundation Last year, my colleague Rebecca and I were lucky enough to sit down and talk poetry with the former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine in his suite at the Library of Congress. Rebecca conducted the interview while I recorded it. One of the...
Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Stretching from the car factories of Detroit to the Poet Laureate's office in Washington, DC, the arc of Philip Levine's life reads like a good story. Or in his case, like a great poem. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine spent his early years mired in the...