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The Essential W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin
$18.00 paperback
978-1-55659-513-4
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The Essential W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin

Essential means this selection from W.S. Merwin’s vast oeuvre represents the poems readers cherishtoday, tomorrow, and in 100 years. This deeply considered, incisive, and slender collection draws only the best of the best from the thousands of poems Merwin published over his sixty-year career. A teeming, resonate, exuberant testament to the work of a rare poet who won two Pulitzer Prizes.

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Poems available from this book:
How it Happens
On the Subject of Poetry
Rain Light
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“Merwin’s masterfully refined, meditative poems stem from his dwelling mindfully in one beloved place and handling words as though they are seeds, flowers, stones, and water… Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty.”—Booklist, starred review

"In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time's passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page."—Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books

"W.S. Merwin's legacy is unquestionably secure: his best and most fierce poems are moody, visionary compositions that dive into the unconscious and the seeds of existence with an inwardness and scrutiny unique in American poetry."—Poetry

"Merwin [is] fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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