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“One of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Merwin keeps his language simple but his perceptions complex. Classical in their lines of inquiry and restraint yet vital in their attunement to the here and now, these personal odes and musings on daily existence and the cycles of life are, by turns, bemused and exalted . . . each poem infuses the collection with buoyancy and light.”—Booklist

Now in paperback, W.S. Merwin’s latest masterwork—which reviewers have described as “meditative,” “playful,” and “lithely beautiful”—guides readers to universal themes through worldly specifics. Akin to Pablo Neruda’s Elemental Odes, every poem in Present Company directly addresses the people and things of daily life, as in “To the Thief at the Airport” or “To Lingering Regrets.”

“To This May”

They know so much more now about

the heart we are told but the world

still seems to come one at a time

one day one year one season and here

it is spring once more with its birds

nesting in the holes in the walls

its morning finding the first time

its light pretending not to move

always beginning as it goes

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Paperback of WS Merwin's most recent volume, a book infused with "buoyancy and light." (Booklist)

Synopsis:

Poetry. In this new masterwork from one of America's foremost poets, W.S. Merwin guides his readers to universal themes through worldly specifics. "The intentions of Merwin's poetry are as broad as the biosphere yet as intimate as a whisper. He conveys in the sweet simplicity of grounded language a sense of the self where it belongs, floating between heaven, earth, and underground"--The Atlantic Monthly.

About the Author

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Wallace Stevens Award, Bollingen Award, Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, PEN Translation Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of dozens of books of poetry and poetry in translation. He lives in Hawaii.

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ISBN:
9781556592331
Author:
Merwin, W S
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Author:
Merwin, W. S.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 8 oz

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