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Obit from the International Herald Tribune - 6/26/02 for Philip Whalen


Philip Whalen, 78, the burly Zen priest and Beat Generation poet who played a major role in the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s that radically changed American poetry, died Wednesday after a long illness. ."He was a poet's poet," said the poet Gary Snyder, a Pulitzer Prize recipient and friend of Whalen's since the 1940s. 

"People looking for subtlety, nuance and beautiful turns of language looked to Philip. He had a wonderfully dry sense of humor, ironic, cutting, mocking."(LAT)

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