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Central Valley poet Philip Levine has died

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Another Central Valley legend passed away this weekend. <br /><br />Poet Philip Levine died Saturday, at his home, after battling pancreatic cancer. Levine was an emeritus professor in English at Fresno State. He also served as U.S. poet laureate from 2011 to 2012. <br /><br />&quot;What we lost here in the valley, the world lost as well. He had that great influence in poetry and in mentoring young poets,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Jon Veinberg, a friend of Levine said.<br /><br /></span>&quot;He had that great influence in poetry and in mentoring young poets,&quot; Dixie Salazar, another friend of Levine said. &quot;Most readings, it’s other poets there. When Phil would read, everyone would go. And they responded to his work, you know, whether they were poets or not. And that’s really a hard thing to do because most people aren’t interested in poetry these days.&quot; <br /><br />Levine was 87 when he died.<br /></div>

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