On August 10, Philip Levine was named the next poet laureate of the United States. According to Librarian of Congress James Billington, “Philip Levine is one of America’s great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth’—about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives.”
This week’s prompt is Philip Levine.
This week, try writing a cento or other found poem derived from the poems of Philip Levine. Check out the following sites which host some of Levine’s poems to get started:
- The Plagiarist – the largest online collection of his poems (beware: there’s a spam-y pop-up you need to exit out of before accessing the site).
- The Poetry Foundation
- Internet Poetry Archive
We love to see what you come up with! Post your poem or a link to your poem in the comments section below.