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Vantage
Forthcoming September 2019 Vantage  is a fictionalized account of the poet’s real experiences working as the only woman on a six-person garbage crew around the reservoirs of...
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Maurice Manning
Maurice Manning’s first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions , was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and published in 2001. Since then, Manning has...
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Tishani Doshi
Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India in 1975. She received her Master's in writing from John Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001....
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Throwing the Crown
Winner of the prestigious Honickman First Book Award from the American Poetry Review, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo,  Throwing the Crown  describes a boyhood...
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Bob Hicok
Bob Hicok 's poems have appeared in a wide variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies, including the New Yorker , Poetry , The American Poetry Review , and numerous volumes of The...
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Jane Miller
Jane Miller has written eleven books, most recently Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions, and including Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture , and Travel . She has...
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Natalie Diaz
Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain,...
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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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“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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Shadow Of Sirius, The

by W. S. Merwin

As with all accomplished poetry, W.S. Merwin's does not reveal its mysteries in one or even several readings. Often the ambiguity and wisdom stays at the core forever.

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