Philip Levine & Sam Hamill reading

Author: 
Philip Levine & Sam Hamill
Archive Date: 
Monday, April 2, 1984

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Philip Levine ('57 MFA), “best known for his big-hearted, Whitmanesque poems about working-class Detroit” was named the new U.S. Poet Laureate this year. “I find him an extraordinary discovery because he introduced me to a whole new world I hadn’t connected to in poetry before,” James Billington, the librarian of Congress, told the New York Times on Monday. “He’s the laureate, if you like, of the industrial heartland. It’s a very, very American voice. I don’t know that in other countries you get poetry of that quality about the ordinary workingman.”

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