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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Featured on NPR's "Fresh Air" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS.

Honored as one of the "Best Books of the Year" from Publishers Weekly.

"In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time's passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page; he has made for himself that most difficult of creations, an accomplished style." —Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books

“Merwin is one of the great poets of our age.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[The Shadow of Sirius is] the very best of all Merwin: I have been reading William since 1952, and always with joy." —Harold Bloom

"[Merwin's] best book in a decade—and one of the best outright... The poems... feel fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom." —Publishers Weekly

"Merwin's gentle wisdom and attentiveness to the world are alive as ever. These deeply reflective meditations move through light and darkness, old love and turning seasons to probe the core of human existence." —Orion

"[The Shadow of Sirius] shows the earthly possibilities of simple completeness in a writer's mature work. More than an achievement in poetry, this is an achievement in writing." —Harvard Review

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin’s new book of poems. “I have only what I remember,” Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound—the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well-cultivated loves, and “our long evenings and astonishment.” In “Photographer,” Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by “someone who understood.” In “Empty Lot,” Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can’t help but ask: How shall we mine our lives?

somewhere the Perseids are falling

toward us already at a speed that would

burn us alive if we could believe it

but in the stillness after the rain ends

nothing is to be heard but the drops falling

W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America’s foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

Review:

"In his best book in a decade — and one of the best outright — Merwin points his oracular, unpunctuated poems toward his own past, admitting, 'I have only what I remember,' and offering what may be his most personal, generous and empathic collection. Somehow, he manages to dissolve the boundaries between one time and another, seeming to look forward to the past or remember what has yet to happen, as in a recollection of traveling to Europe by boat and seeing 'a warship I recognized/ from a model of it I had made/ when I was a child/ and beyond it/ there was a road down the cliff/ that I would descend some years later/ and recognize it/ there we were all together/ one time.' The poems show the marks of having weathered '...the complete course/ of life,' but also feel fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom: 'the morning is too/ beautiful to be anything else.' Gorgeous poems about enduring love melt time as well, looking toward a moment when 'we will be no older than we ever were.' These are among Merwin's best poems, because, as he says, 'it is the late poems/ that are made of words/ that have come the whole way/ they have been there.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Merwin is American poetry's eminence gris--winner of every major literary prize this country offers.

Synopsis:

Poetry. The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's new book of poems. "I have only what I remember," Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound-the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well- cultivated loves, and "our long evenings and astonishment." In "Photographer," Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by "someone who understood." In "Empty Lot," Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can't help but ask: How shall we mine our lives? W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: MIGRATION won the National Book Award, and PRESENT COMPANY received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Featured on NPR's Fresh Air and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Honored as one of the Best Books of the Year from Publishers Weekly.

In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time's passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page; he has made for himself that most difficult of creations, an accomplished style. --Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books

Merwin is one of the great poets of our age.--Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Shadow of Sirius is] the very best of all Merwin: I have been reading William since 1952, and always with joy. --Harold Bloom

Merwin's] best book in a decade--and one of the best outright... The poems... feel fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom. --Publishers Weekly

Merwin's gentle wisdom and attentiveness to the world are alive as ever. These deeply reflective meditations move through light and darkness, old love and turning seasons to probe the core of human existence. --Orion

The Shadow of Sirius] shows the earthly possibilities of simple completeness in a writer's mature work. More than an achievement in poetry, this is an achievement in writing. --Harvard Review

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's new book of poems. I have only what I remember, Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound--the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well-cultivated loves, and our long evenings and astonishment. In Photographer, Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by someone who understood. In Empty Lot, Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can't help but ask: How shall we mine our lives?

somewhere the Perseids are falling

toward us already at a speed that would

burn us alive if we could believe it

but in the stillness after the rain ends

nothing is to be heard but the drops falling

W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

About the Author

W.S. Merwin is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for Migration: New and Selected Poems. He lives in Hawaii where he raised endangered palm trees.

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Erica Horne, April 23, 2009 (view all comments by Erica Horne)
After hearing a review of this book on NPR and discussion with the author, W.S. Merwin, I knew I had to purchase it. I'm so glad I did! I can open to any page and enjoy the beautiful turn of phrase and imagery that Merwin offers. It's my favorite book of poetry to date. I'm particularly fond of the poem on page 91, One of the Butterflies. I highly recommend this book!
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Janet Loy, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by Janet Loy)
All I can say is that I am disappointed that Mr. Obama didn't select W.S. Merwin to read his poetry at the Inauguration. He is a national treasure. His poems are transcendant and yet deal with the commonplace. This book is one of the best of his work!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781556592843
Author:
Merwin, W. S.
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9.10x6.10x.80 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 120 pages Copper Canyon Press - English 9781556592843 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his best book in a decade — and one of the best outright — Merwin points his oracular, unpunctuated poems toward his own past, admitting, 'I have only what I remember,' and offering what may be his most personal, generous and empathic collection. Somehow, he manages to dissolve the boundaries between one time and another, seeming to look forward to the past or remember what has yet to happen, as in a recollection of traveling to Europe by boat and seeing 'a warship I recognized/ from a model of it I had made/ when I was a child/ and beyond it/ there was a road down the cliff/ that I would descend some years later/ and recognize it/ there we were all together/ one time.' The poems show the marks of having weathered '...the complete course/ of life,' but also feel fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom: 'the morning is too/ beautiful to be anything else.' Gorgeous poems about enduring love melt time as well, looking toward a moment when 'we will be no older than we ever were.' These are among Merwin's best poems, because, as he says, 'it is the late poems/ that are made of words/ that have come the whole way/ they have been there.' (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Merwin is American poetry's eminence gris--winner of every major literary prize this country offers.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's new book of poems. "I have only what I remember," Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound-the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well- cultivated loves, and "our long evenings and astonishment." In "Photographer," Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by "someone who understood." In "Empty Lot," Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can't help but ask: How shall we mine our lives? W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: MIGRATION won the National Book Award, and PRESENT COMPANY received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Featured on NPR's Fresh Air and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Honored as one of the Best Books of the Year from Publishers Weekly.

In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time's passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page; he has made for himself that most difficult of creations, an accomplished style. --Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books

Merwin is one of the great poets of our age.--Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Shadow of Sirius is] the very best of all Merwin: I have been reading William since 1952, and always with joy. --Harold Bloom

Merwin's] best book in a decade--and one of the best outright... The poems... feel fresh and awake with a simplicity that can only be called wisdom. --Publishers Weekly

Merwin's gentle wisdom and attentiveness to the world are alive as ever. These deeply reflective meditations move through light and darkness, old love and turning seasons to probe the core of human existence. --Orion

The Shadow of Sirius] shows the earthly possibilities of simple completeness in a writer's mature work. More than an achievement in poetry, this is an achievement in writing. --Harvard Review

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's new book of poems. I have only what I remember, Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound--the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well-cultivated loves, and our long evenings and astonishment. In Photographer, Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by someone who understood. In Empty Lot, Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can't help but ask: How shall we mine our lives?

somewhere the Perseids are falling

toward us already at a speed that would

burn us alive if we could believe it

but in the stillness after the rain ends

nothing is to be heard but the drops falling

W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

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