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W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin is the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States. He is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for 'Migration: New and Selected Poems' and the 2009 Pulitzer... show more

W.S. Merwin is the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the United States. He is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for 'Migration: New and Selected Poems' and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 'The Shadow of Sirius.' He lives in Hawaii where he raises endangered palm trees.
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Birth date: September 30, 1927
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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman
This slim volume of Merwin's work contains certain gems. I was struck by "The Sound of It," a poem lamenting (or maybe just remarking) on the fact that the stopping of a dog's bark or a day's rain is not itself heard, but rather only the silence or what replaces it, or what was always there that th...
Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl
Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl rated it 2 years ago
Some brilliant poems (#223; #344;#351;#388 to name a few), but overall I couldn't connect with the poet's voice on any deep level. Perhaps the dense classical allusions, which forced me to rack my brain for my long ago Classical Culture studies, stopped me from being drawn into this volume.
Jocelyn (The Reading World)
Jocelyn (The Reading World) rated it 3 years ago
I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVAR understand the association between scribbling in the margins and becoming a more "active" reader. Where is the logic???? As you may have guessed, I read this for school and am referring to the abominable requirement by the vast majority of English c...
Leopard
Leopard rated it 4 years ago
Osip Mandelstam in the eyes of the NKVD The people need poetry that will be their own secret to keep them awake forever, and bathe them in the bright-haired wave of its breathing. Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938) was born in Warsaw to a wealthy Jewish family that was sufficiently well connected t...
moving under skies
moving under skies rated it 4 years ago
A handful of these poems are among my favourite poems ever but, as a whole, I find the collection uneven: many, the majority, just mean nothing to me. Even so, the dream song is a gorgeous format, and when they are good they are very very good.
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