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Philip Levine: America’s new poet laureate

Congratulations to Philip Levine, who will today become America’s next poet laureate. He succeeds W. S. Merwin. Levine is 83 and has written around 20 collections of poetry, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his book The Simple Truth. Levine isn’t bothered by his advanced years.

“I feel pretty good,” he said, adding that he was still writing and that he found great inspiration these days in the poetry of Thomas Hardy. “There’s this unbelievable humility in his work,” he said. “He kept writing right up until he died, when he was almost 90.”

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