W.S. Merwin on Poetry and the Green World

posted Wednesday, April 16, 2008        

This post is from the UA Poetry Center’s web site.

W.S. Merwin on Poetry and the Green World
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m.
at the Poetry Center – Live video feed for overflow audiences.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity

W.S. Merwin W.S. Merwin
In a career spanning five decades, poet, translator, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin has become one of the most widely read – and imitated – poets in America.  He is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, including his latest release, The Book of Fables.  Other recent works include the collections of poems, Present Company, The River Sound and The Pupil, as well as a new translation of Dante’s Purgatorio and his critically-lauded translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  In 1999, W.S. Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress for a jointly-held position along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Glück. Included in his numerous awards are the Pulitzer Prize, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2004, Merwin received the 2004 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award.  His book Migration: Selected Poems 1951 – 2001 was also selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year and won the 2005 National Book Award. Merwin’s recent poetry is perhaps his most personal, arising from his deeply held beliefs.  He is profoundly anti-imperialist, pacifist, and environmentalist, and is possessed by an intimate feeling for landscape and language in ways in which land and language interflow.  His latest poems are densely imagistic and full of an intimate awareness of the natural world.  He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

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