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The Second Four Books of Poemsby W. S. Merwin
Synopses & Reviews
W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca, and has translated from French, Spanish, Latin and Portugese. He has published more than a dozen volumes of orignal poetry and several volumes of prose. Mr. Merwin has been awarded the Tanning Prize, the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes, the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Pen Translation Prize, and many other honors. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii.
W.S. Merwin's Second Four Books of Poems includes some of the most startlingly original and influential poetry of the second half of this century, a poetry that has moved, as Richard Howard has written, "from preterition to presence to prophecy."
Other books by M.S. Merwin available from Consortium:
East Window (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-091-1
The First Four Books of Poems (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-139-X
Flower and Hand (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-119-5
Book News Annotation:
Merwin may well be the best poet in America today, and this volume collects four of the most important books of poetry in the past generation: The Lice (1963), The Moving Target (1967), The Carrier of Ladders (1970--for which Merwin received the Pulitzer Prize), and Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment (1973).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Poetry. W. S. Merwin's SECOND FOUR BOOKS OF POEMS includes some of the most startlingly original and influential poetry of the second half of this century, a poetry that has moved, as Richard Howard has written, "from preterition to presence to prophecy." This work has transfigured and reinvigorated the vision of poetry for our time, and the poet's preface places the work in proper historical - and autobiographical - context. Collects The Moving Target, The Lice, The Carrier of Ladders, and Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment. Other Merwin titles available from SPD include THE FIRST FOUR BOOKS OF POEMS and FLOWER AND HAND: POEMS 1977-1983.
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The moving target — The lice — The carrier of ladders — Writings to an unfinished accompaniment.
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