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Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is a novelist, editor and the author of ten collections of poetry. He was born in Beit Jala and has lived in Jordan, Beirut, Damascas, and Tunis. He returned to Palestine in 1994 and now lives in  the West...

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Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before earning his PhD in...

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Michael McGriff is an author, editor, and translator. He is the co-author, with J.M. Tyree, of the linked story collection Our Secret Life in the...

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13th United States Poet Laureate (2004–2006) Ted

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Laura Kasischke is the author of nine collections of poetry and seven novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Poetry Prize, and the

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Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds...

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Ellen Bass's book of poetry called Mules of Love (published by BOA Editions) won the 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. She is co-author of the million-seller Courage to Heal. She co-edited one of the first...

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Bill Porter assumes the pen name Red Pine for his translation work. He was born in Los Angeles in 1943, grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, served a tour of duty in...

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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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Volcano, The

by Norman Dubie

A complex, lyrical book of free verse that seems two or three steps ahead of you as you read through it; however, you never feel lost. Perhaps on the cusp of understanding -- Dubie's wit and vibrant imagery coax you into investing yourself#

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