Philip Whalen

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Birthday
20, 1923
Birthplace
Oregon
Death Date
Jun 26, 2002 (78)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
20, 1923
Birthplace
Oregon
Death Date
Jun 26, 2002 (78)

About

San Francisco Renaissance poet and author whose poetic works include On Bear's Head and Self Portrait from Another Direction. His prose works include Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head and The Diamond Noodle.

Before Fame

He attended Reed College, where he met fellow poet Gary Snyder.

Trivia

He was a practicing Zen Buddhist, and he compiled his faith-inspired poems in a 1996 work entitled Canoeing up Cabarga Creek: Buddhist Poems 1955-1986.

Family Life

He grew up in Oregon and later served in World War II.

Associated With

He was the inspiration for the character of Warren in Jack Kerouac's famous novel The Dharma Bums.