Last week, the Library of Congress named 83-year-old Philip Levine as the next poet laureate, succeeding W.S. Merwin. To mark the occasion, we’re asking listeners to submit their own poetry. Whether you’re a full-time bard, or just dabble in poetry-writing occasionally, we want to read your work.
Leave your poetry submission in the comments, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, use our iPhone app, or give us a call at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE and recite your poem. Your poetry could make it onto our show.
We spoke with Levine today, and he’ll join us again tomorrow. Levine was once an auto plant worker in Detroit, and that city became the basis for many of his poems.
After graduating from Wayne State University, in Michigan, Levine worked the night shift at Chevrolet’s gear and axle factory, and wrote in his spare time. His poems reflected his experiences in Detroit and in the factory, prompting many to brand him as “the working man’s poet.” He later earned a master’s degree and became a writing teacher. He has published books of his poetry since 1963.