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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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Things as It Is
Chase Twichell’s eighth collection lifts up the joy of the moment while mourning a changing world. In Things as It Is ―purposefully not things as they are―the present and...
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Stranger on Earth
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Casting Deep Shade
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Norman Dubie
Norman Dubie is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, most recently  Quotations of Bone  (2015), winner of the 2016 International Griffin Poetry Prize. His other books of poetry...
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Sherwin Bitsui
Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Tódích’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the...
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So Far So Good
"[Le Guin's] writings and convictions were driven by a big heart—the heart of a poet who knew all too well the difference between miracle and eureka, revelation and...
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Purgatorio: A New Verse Translation
W.S. Merwin’s rendition of the  Purgatorio  is considered a pinnacle and highlight from a prolific and celebrated career in poetry and translation. The...
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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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In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison is a poet of the real and mystical world. I've read many of these poems more than once, and I believe that they are his footsteps on the road he is making as he grows older and searches farther

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