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Cenral Valley Poet Philip Levine gets post of U.S. Poet Laureate–interview

I heard this interview with Philip Levine (professor emeritus at Fresno State) this morning on the California Report.  Read about it and see if you want to listen.  We have a monthly poetry circle on the 2nd Tuesday night of the month.  Folks bring in poems they like and read them to one another.  Original poems welcome.

PS–I think, when he refers to his Fresno State students as failures, he means they may feel like failures or be seen as such because they are not in a top-ranked college, not that he thinks of them as true failure. Indeed, their grace is that they are not afraid to write poetry because they are not afraid to fail–and to be a poet one must be prepared to fail, especially in the first poems one writes.

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