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Jacob Saenz
Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, IL. His poems have appeared in Pinwheel, Poetry, Tammy, TriQuarterly and other journals. His poetry has also been anthologized in The Open...
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Father's Day
The poems in Matthew Zapruder’s fifth collection ask, how can one be a good father, partner, and citizen in the early twenty-first century? Zapruder deftly improvises upon language and...
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44 Poems for You
Forthcoming February 2020 Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s first book of poetry, 44 Poems for You , offers poems that form a subtle, personal meditation on family, motherhood, and...
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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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Solar Perplexus
Forthcoming October 2019 In Solar Perplexus , Dean Young uses the surreal as the thread which weaves in and out of complications of existence. The result is a textured, honest...
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Lima :: Limón
In her striking second collection, Natalie Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze once again on the borders of things. Lima :: Limón illuminates both the sweet and the sour of the...
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13th Balloon
Forthcoming February 2020 In his fourth collection, 13th Balloon , Mark Bibbins turns his candid eye to the American AIDS crisis. With quiet consideration and dark wit, Bibbins...
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Dean Young
Dean Young has published eleven books of poetry, including finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as an...
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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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Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, The

by Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)

The book was very inspirational. I enjoyed the Kanji characters especially; it would be a great addition to any poetry lovers' collection.

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