We are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime contributor and friend Philip Levine. A working-class boy from Detroit, Levine never forgot his roots. Indeed, the harsh industrial world of his upbringing served as inspiration and source material of his lifetime’s work. Appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 2011, Levine won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award. He was a generous, funny, unpretentious soul, and we will miss him.
Click here to read Levine’s poetry from the Fall 2004 issue of the Kenyon Review.