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Publisher Comments:

A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century — an artist who has transfigured and reinvigorated the vision of poetry for our time. Migration: New and Selected Poems is that case — a distillation of the best poems from a profound body of work, and including a selection of new poems.

As an undergraduate at Princeton, W.S. Merwin was advised by John Berryman to "get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day." Over the last fifty years, Merwin's poetry moved beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwin's work: "I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didn't take so much from it into my own life."

In short, Migration: New and Selected Poems is the definitive Merwin volume.

Review:

"Mystical formalist, elegant romantic, Vietnam-era protester, translator, maker of sweet memoirs and uneasy dreamscapes, and ecological activist, Merwin has been so prominent for so long that it's hard to believe this rich selection represents the work of just one man. The earliest Merwin — a melancholy 1950s craftsman — gets the first 70 pages, including the bejeweled verse fairy tale 'East of the Sun and West of the Sun.' The haunting free verse of the next two decades includes the sad, urgent protest poems of The Lice (1967) and the Pulitzer Prize — winning The Carrier of Ladders (1970). Merwin's attraction to instinct and mystery drew his poems toward totemic, resonant images, in lines which imitated chants and prayers. The Rain in the Trees (1988) concerned the forests and coasts of Hawaii, where the poet still lives. His longer, more recent works offer personal memories; 'Testimony' (from 1999's The River Sound) takes 56 pages to run through the poet's whole life. Even there — and in the few, lyrical, controlled new poems at the very end of the volume — Merwin retains a sense of terse whispering, and a graceful attraction to silence; his verse comes, if anyone's does, from 'the eye of the mind where we know/ from the beginning that the darkness/ is beyond us.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The publication of W. S. Merwin's selected and new poems is one of those landmark events in the literary world....Merwin is one of the great poets of our age." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"[Migration] shows W.S. Merwin to be an artist who has never ceased to challenge himself and his readership." Library Journal

Review:

"Merwin has migrated within the universe of poetry, too....Complex, spiritual, and evocative, Merwin is a major poet, and this is a sublime measure of his achievements." Booklist

Review:

"These poems are archaic, alliterative and narrative....Like the old stories they evoke, they are little allegories of captured and held attention." New York Times

Synopsis:

Migration is the definitive Merwin volume, an essential text from a poetic revolutionary.

Synopsis:

Winner of the National Book AwardA New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year"

A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New and Selected Poems is that case.

As an undergraduate at Princeton, Merwin was advised by John Berryman to “get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day.” Over the last 50 years, Merwins muse led him beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwins work, “I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didnt take so much from it into my own life.”

The definitive volume from “one of Americas greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

"The poems in Migration speak from a life-long belief in the power of words to awaken our drowsy souls and see the world with compassionate interconnection."—Citation from the National Book Award judges"

The publication of W. S. Merwins selected and new poems is one of those landmark events in the literary world... Merwin is one of the great poets of our age."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[I]t's hard to believe this rich selection represents the work of just one man."—Publishers Weekly

"[In] any landscape, Merwin stands tall."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Complex, spiritual, and evocative, Merwin is a major poet, and this is a sublime measure of his achievements."—ALA Booklist

"Migration: New and Selected Poems gathers Merwins personal harvest of his fifty-year oeuvre into one magisterial volume."—The Wichita Eagle

"Many of us have followed W.S. Merwins work book by book, collection by collection.…He has created a body of wisdom literature that is unprecedented in our age. I feel lucky to be alive at a time when W.S. Merwin has been creating his startling and incomparable work."—Edward Hirsch, introduction to “A Tribute to W.S. Merwin”

"The trajectory of Merwins work is meteoric: its greatest flashes of beauty and insight are the product of traditional poetic impulses breaking up under the pressures of our atmosphere... he has written some of the most powerful poems in the language against our species murderous sense of self-importance."—Jacket

"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

From Once in Spring

A sentence continues after thirty years

it wakes in the silence of the same room

the words that come to it after the long comma

existed all that time wandering in space

as points of light travel unseen through ages

of which they alone are the measure and arrive

at last to tell of something that came to pass

before they ever began or meant anything

Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tanning Prize and Bollingen Prize. He has long been committed to artistic, political and environmental causes in both word and deed; when presented with the Pulitzer Prize, he donated the prize money to artists and the draft resistance. He currently lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.

Synopsis:

The definitive volume from “one of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New and Selected Poems is that case.

As an undergraduate at Princeton, Merwin was advised by John Berryman to “get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day.” Over the last 50 years, Merwin’s muse led him beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwin’s work, “I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didn’t take so much from it into my own life.”

From Once in Spring

A sentence continues after thirty years

it wakes in the silence of the same room

the words that come to it after the long comma

existed all that time wandering in space

as points of light travel unseen through ages

of which they alone are the measure and arrive

at last to tell of something that came to pass

before they ever began or meant anything

Migration is the distillation of a profound body of work. Drawing the best poems from his acclaimed 17 books, and including a selection of new poems, Migration is the definitive Merwin volume. It embodies his evolving poetic style, commitment to bearing witness, and artistic and political nerve. There is nothing quite like this in American poetry.

Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tanning Prize and Bollingen Prize. He has long been committed to artistic, political and environmental causes in both word and deed; when presented with the Pulitzer Prize, he donated the prize money to artists and the draft resistance. He currently lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.

About the Author

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Mallorca, and Portugal; for several years afterward he made the greater part of his living by translating from French, Spanish, Latin, and Portuguese. His many awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the Tanning Prize for mastery in the art of poetry, the Bollingen Award, the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller and the Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of dozens of books, the most recent of which is The River Sound. He currently lives in Hawaii.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592188
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
American - General
Author:
Merwin, W. S.
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
534
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

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Product details 534 pages Copper Canyon Press - English 9781556592188 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mystical formalist, elegant romantic, Vietnam-era protester, translator, maker of sweet memoirs and uneasy dreamscapes, and ecological activist, Merwin has been so prominent for so long that it's hard to believe this rich selection represents the work of just one man. The earliest Merwin — a melancholy 1950s craftsman — gets the first 70 pages, including the bejeweled verse fairy tale 'East of the Sun and West of the Sun.' The haunting free verse of the next two decades includes the sad, urgent protest poems of The Lice (1967) and the Pulitzer Prize — winning The Carrier of Ladders (1970). Merwin's attraction to instinct and mystery drew his poems toward totemic, resonant images, in lines which imitated chants and prayers. The Rain in the Trees (1988) concerned the forests and coasts of Hawaii, where the poet still lives. His longer, more recent works offer personal memories; 'Testimony' (from 1999's The River Sound) takes 56 pages to run through the poet's whole life. Even there — and in the few, lyrical, controlled new poems at the very end of the volume — Merwin retains a sense of terse whispering, and a graceful attraction to silence; his verse comes, if anyone's does, from 'the eye of the mind where we know/ from the beginning that the darkness/ is beyond us.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The publication of W. S. Merwin's selected and new poems is one of those landmark events in the literary world....Merwin is one of the great poets of our age."
"Review" by , "[Migration] shows W.S. Merwin to be an artist who has never ceased to challenge himself and his readership."
"Review" by , "Merwin has migrated within the universe of poetry, too....Complex, spiritual, and evocative, Merwin is a major poet, and this is a sublime measure of his achievements."
"Review" by , "These poems are archaic, alliterative and narrative....Like the old stories they evoke, they are little allegories of captured and held attention."
"Synopsis" by ,
Migration is the definitive Merwin volume, an essential text from a poetic revolutionary.
"Synopsis" by ,
Winner of the National Book AwardA New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year"

A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New and Selected Poems is that case.

As an undergraduate at Princeton, Merwin was advised by John Berryman to “get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day.” Over the last 50 years, Merwins muse led him beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwins work, “I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didnt take so much from it into my own life.”

The definitive volume from “one of Americas greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

"The poems in Migration speak from a life-long belief in the power of words to awaken our drowsy souls and see the world with compassionate interconnection."—Citation from the National Book Award judges"

The publication of W. S. Merwins selected and new poems is one of those landmark events in the literary world... Merwin is one of the great poets of our age."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[I]t's hard to believe this rich selection represents the work of just one man."—Publishers Weekly

"[In] any landscape, Merwin stands tall."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Complex, spiritual, and evocative, Merwin is a major poet, and this is a sublime measure of his achievements."—ALA Booklist

"Migration: New and Selected Poems gathers Merwins personal harvest of his fifty-year oeuvre into one magisterial volume."—The Wichita Eagle

"Many of us have followed W.S. Merwins work book by book, collection by collection.…He has created a body of wisdom literature that is unprecedented in our age. I feel lucky to be alive at a time when W.S. Merwin has been creating his startling and incomparable work."—Edward Hirsch, introduction to “A Tribute to W.S. Merwin”

"The trajectory of Merwins work is meteoric: its greatest flashes of beauty and insight are the product of traditional poetic impulses breaking up under the pressures of our atmosphere... he has written some of the most powerful poems in the language against our species murderous sense of self-importance."—Jacket

"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

From Once in Spring

A sentence continues after thirty years

it wakes in the silence of the same room

the words that come to it after the long comma

existed all that time wandering in space

as points of light travel unseen through ages

of which they alone are the measure and arrive

at last to tell of something that came to pass

before they ever began or meant anything

Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tanning Prize and Bollingen Prize. He has long been committed to artistic, political and environmental causes in both word and deed; when presented with the Pulitzer Prize, he donated the prize money to artists and the draft resistance. He currently lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.

"Synopsis" by ,

The definitive volume from “one of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New and Selected Poems is that case.

As an undergraduate at Princeton, Merwin was advised by John Berryman to “get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day.” Over the last 50 years, Merwin’s muse led him beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwin’s work, “I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didn’t take so much from it into my own life.”

From Once in Spring

A sentence continues after thirty years

it wakes in the silence of the same room

the words that come to it after the long comma

existed all that time wandering in space

as points of light travel unseen through ages

of which they alone are the measure and arrive

at last to tell of something that came to pass

before they ever began or meant anything

Migration is the distillation of a profound body of work. Drawing the best poems from his acclaimed 17 books, and including a selection of new poems, Migration is the definitive Merwin volume. It embodies his evolving poetic style, commitment to bearing witness, and artistic and political nerve. There is nothing quite like this in American poetry.

Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tanning Prize and Bollingen Prize. He has long been committed to artistic, political and environmental causes in both word and deed; when presented with the Pulitzer Prize, he donated the prize money to artists and the draft resistance. He currently lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.

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