Working Class Poet Philip Levine Has Died

Philip Levine has died. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet best known for his poems about working-class Detroit, at the time of his death he was eighty seven years old he passed away at his home in Fresno, California home from pancreatic and liver cancer. He also received the National Book Awards, Ruth Lily Poetry Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. He leaves behind to mourn his wife Frances J. Artley, his two brothers, three sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild

He also taught in several colleges,

Edward Hirsch, a friend of Levine and president of the Guggenheim added:

‘We’ve lost a great presence in American poetry.’

The Detroit native was in born in 1928, he was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, his father was an auto-parts salesman and his mother found work as an office manager, He was also a lover of the earth and sky as much as any poet of nature,

He was married two times, once to Patty Kanterman and to Frances J. Artley, his wife since 1954.

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