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Philip Levine began writing poetry between shifts as an auto worker in Detroit, and his work has been praised as giving voices to the voiceless.
In 2011, he was named the 18th Poet Laureate of the United States. Now, the Academy of American Poets has awarded Levine the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement, which comes with a $100,000 prize.
Here & Now spoke with Levine shortly after he was named U.S. Poet Laureate. Today we play an excerpt of that conversation.