philip levine Detroit Born Poet Philip Levine Dies By Gordon Evans • Feb 16, 2015 WMUK Detroit born poet Philip Levine has died. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States and wrote about working on a General Motors' assembly line. Detroit-born poet laureate Philip Levine to read at WMU By Zinta Aistars • Sep 27, 2012 Philip Levine, the most recent poet laureate, is coming to Western Michigan University Friday. Levine was born in Detroit. Some of his most famous poems are about his time working for General Motors, a job he says he didn't like very much.