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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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Matthew Zapruder   is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts , a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear , 2014, as well as Why...
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Chase Twichell
Chase Twichell has published eight books of poetry, most recently Things As It Is and  Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, which won both the...
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Ursula K. Le Guin
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Monica Sok
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Everything That Rises
Forthcoming October 2019 The poems in Joseph Stroud’s sixth book, Everything That Rises , explore living in a mortal world, the passage of time, aging, the experience...
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W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and was United States Poet Laureate in 2010. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, where he studied with John Berryman and R.P....
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Natalie Scenters-Zapico
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of The Verging Cities (Center For...
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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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Amusing, odd. A great read. Still processing it!

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