Oracular and elegant, W. Poet Laureate—he has fashioned a poetics unmistakably his own, marked by a stripped-down, unpunctuated style that foregrounds his responsiveness, spiritual insights, and facility with unadorned, elemental language. Now, with this two-volume edition, Merwin becomes only the second living poet to have his work collected by The Library of America. The Library of America series includes more than volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1, pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries. McClatchy — , volume editor, was the author of many books of poetry and essays, including Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems , and the editor of nine Library of America publications.
W.S. Merwin: “The Nails”
About W.S. Merwin | Modern American Poetry
William Stanley Merwin September 30, — March 15, was an American poet who wrote more than fifty books of poetry and prose , and produced many works in translation. In the s and s, his writing influence derived from an interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in a rural part of Maui , Hawaii, he wrote prolifically and was dedicated to the restoration of the island's rainforests. Merwin was born in New York City on September 30, As a child, Merwin was enamored of the natural world, sometimes finding himself talking to the large tree in his back yard.
About W.S. Merwin
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I went to visit W. The Merwins William, his wife Paula, and their chow puppy Maoli live towards the end of a winding, rocky dirt road that deadends at a cliff overhanging the Pacific. They have three acres of land that Merwin has planted—in red volcanic clay ruined by fly-by-night pineapple farming fifty years ago. He and Paula tend it now like concerned parents whose growing children were once sickly—healthy at present but needing constant attention.