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Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds ( Copper Canyon Press, 2016). His poems appear in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry,...
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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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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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Arthur Sze
Arthur Sze has published ten books of poetry, including Sight Lines  (2019);  Compass Rose  (2014), a Pulitzer Prize finalist;  The Ginkgo Light  (2009), selected for the...
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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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Soft Targets
Deborah Landau’s fourth book of poetry, Soft Targets , draws a bullseye on humanity’s vulnerable flesh and corrupted world. In this ambitious lyric sequence, the speaker’s...
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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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Casting Deep Shade
Casting Deep Shade  is a passionate, poetic exploration of humanity’s shared history with the beech tree. Before Wright’s unexpected death in 2016, she was deeply engaged...
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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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Happy Life

by David Budbill

Very Contemplative and Zen-like. The poems read like extended haikus

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