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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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Night Sky With Exit Wounds
“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition. His poems are by turns graceful and wonderstruck . His lines...
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Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods
In her third collection of poetry, Tishani Doshi addresses violence against women by giving abused and silenced bodies a chance to speak at last. Of and for the women that...
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Alison C. Rollins
Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a Reference & Instruction Librarian for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of...
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Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau is the author of  Soft Targets , T he Uses of the  Body,   The Last Usable Hour , and  Orchidelirium , which was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the...
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Terrible Blooms
In this lush, disturbing second collection from Melissa Stein, exquisite images are salvaged from harm and survival. Set against the natural world’s violence—both ordinary and...
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Dissolve
Drawing upon Navajo history and enduring tradition, Sherwin Bitsui leads us on a treacherous, otherworldly passage through the American Southwest. Fluidly shape-shifting and captured by language that...
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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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“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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What a great talent. He will be missed.
I hope Copper Canyon reissues "Plainsong".

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