Politics & Government

October 17, 2011

Nation’s ‘poet laureate’, Philip Levine, welcomes new role

Rest assured. Philip Levine readied himself for his inaugural Monday night gig as the poet laureate of the United States. “I bought a suit,” Levine said. “It almost fits.” Monday night marked the formal beginning of Levine’s yearlong stint as what's technically called the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Congress, in the 1986 bill establishing the title, explained that “this position is equivalent to that of Poet Laureate of the United States.”

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