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Philip Levine, former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer winner, dies at 87
Philip Levine, former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer winner, dies at 87

Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate who wrote elegies to American blue-collar workers sweating through despair-laced jobs, has died in Fresno. He was 87. Levine, who was a professor emeritus at Cal State Fresno, died Saturday, said Timothy Skeen, a poet who coordinates the university's master of fine arts program. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to the Associated Press. Levine filled more than 20 poetry collections with plainspoken images of the unforgiving industrial landscape he came to know in his native Detroit. He won the Pulitzer for his 1994 collection "The Simple Truth." When he was named poet laureate in...

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