“clairvoyant with hunger consists of fourteen short essays on poems from james dickey's last book the eagle's mile twelve short essays on james wright's best prose poems a long essay on dickey's third novel, to the white sea a long essay on ws merwin's 320-page poem, the folding cliffs an essay on the major. I went to visit w s merwin at his home in ha'iku, hawaii, on the northeast coast of maui, in mid-june, 1986 the merwins (william, his wife paula, and their and for the past few years he has been working on several long essays on hawaiian history and its bearing on the present merwin has lived in many places over the. Merwin recorded this history several years ago, in an essay for the kenyon review, but the poet, a frequent contributor to the new yorker for the past fifty years, revisits it in a new documentary, “even though the whole world is burning ” the film premiered last summer at the maui film festival it will play. Poet ws merwin reads some of his poems continue reading dec 29 no image ws merwin reads 'a likeness' and other poems ws merwin is counted as one of the nation's greatest living poets he is the author of more than 50 books of his own poetry, translations of others, memoirs and more merwin's major prizes. At his home on maui's remote north shore, poet laureate ws merwin is planting the seeds of a stronger connection to nature, one poem at a time i had long dreamed of having a chance, one day, merwin recalled in a recent essay, to try to restore a bit of the earth's surface that had been abused by human ' improvement.
W s merwin, the eternal apprentice the young poet was w s merwin, and if his pilgrimage to a master was a clue, apprenticeship was a notion he took seriously at princeton merwin had these poems, merwin later wrote in an essay, were exaggerations of his own thin seafaring experience off the coast of england. Articles and essays by ws merwin who do you love a poet and translator illuminates five heart-stopping moments poetry foundation, october 31, 2007. One of the united states' most acclaimed con- temporary poets, former us poet laureate w s merwin is the author or translator of more than fifty books he is a two-time recipient of the pulitzer prize for poetry and winner of a national book award, a tanning prize, a pen translation prize, a lenore marshall poetry prize.
Michael zapruder discusses the works of ws merwin and shares a new poem with us. Of course one version of poetic renewal is reading thus the room is also about our reading the poem i, therefore, is not only a poet speaking--the pronoun belongs equally to the reader, so all this is the text we contemplate finality, for merwin, is endlessly repeatable by cary nelson from ws merwin: essays on.
About ws merwin in the greenhouse by len jenshel photo: tom sewell appointed united states poet laureate by the library of congress in 2010, william stanley merwin has in the last year, he's published two books a photo book featuring merwin's essays and poems about his palm forest called what is a garden. The book of fables, by w s merwin, was an unexpected favorite, the gift of a friend who'd been nudging me toward poetry for a long time i'd ducked the genre for most of my adult life, though i had previously encountered merwin's verse and translations the book of fables, however, is neither on the. Ws merwin as an influential writer of poetry and prose essay examples - ws merwin as an influential writer of poetry and prose emergence at the day's end all our footsteps are added up to see how near ws merwin ws merwin is an award-winning author of a wide variety of both poetry and prose books he has.