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Jenny George
The recipient of a 2015 “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize, Jenny George lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she has served as program coordinator since 2010 for Hidden Leaf, a...
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C.D. Wright
C.D. Wright (1949-2016) published sixteen collections of poetry and prose and served on the faculty at Brown University for decades. Her book One With Others [a little book of her days] was a...
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Paisley Rekdal
Paisley Rekdal  is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir that combines poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography titled...
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Norman Dubie
Norman Dubie is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, most recently  Quotations of Bone  (2015), winner of the 2016 International Griffin Poetry Prize. His other books of poetry...
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Joseph Stroud
Joseph Stroud is the author of five books of poetry. His work has earned a Pushcart Prize and he was selected by the Poet Laureate of the United States for a Witter Bynner Fellowship in...
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Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora is a rising star in the literary world of the Americas. He was born in the small El Salvadoran town of La Herradura and immigrated to the U.S. at nine, joining his parents in...
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David Orr
David Orr is the poetry columnist for The New York Times Book Review and Professor of Poetry and the Practice of Criticism at Rutgers University. He is winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for...
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Empires
Forthcoming September 2019 John Balaban’s sixth collection of poetry considers America in its innate beauty and complex ugliness, in its powerfully healing landscapes and its...
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“Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.”

—W.S. Merwin (1927-2019)

 

It is with profound sadness that we share this news: W.S. Merwin, former United States poet laureate, Academy of American Poets Chancellor, environmental activist, literary translator, and two-time Pulitzer prize-winning author, passed away in his sleep on March 15, 2019 at his home in the Pe’ahi watershed near Haiku-Pauwela, HI. He was 91.

 

William’s final original collection of poems, Garden Time, was published in 2016, and two retrospective collections, a 50th Anniversary Edition of The Lice, and The Essential W.S. Merwin, were published in 2017. His career as a published poet spanned nearly seven decades.

 

We look back now in gratitude for the countless times W.S. Merwin has inspired us, through poetry, to see the world anew.

 

“For the Anniversary of My Death”

 

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day

When the last fires will wave to me

And the silence will set out

Tireless traveler

Like the beam of a lightless star

 

Then I will no longer

Find myself in life as in a strange garment

Surprised at the earth

And the love of one woman

And the shamelessness of men

As today writing after three days of rain

Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease

And bowing not knowing to what

— W.S. Merwin

 

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by June Jordan

Thank you for having this complete work of such an important writer/poet of June Jordan. Her poems are a joy to read for any serious reader or writer of poetry.

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