Category Archives: Merwin (W.S.)

Good Advice from the Late W.S. Merwin

Tuesday I’ve been dilatory in acknowledging the death of W. S. Merwin two weeks ago, but I share today a poem he wrote that offers some good life advice. Although it’s writing advice he received from poet John Berryman when he was young, it extends beyond poetry. As I apply the poem to my own […]

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Hope: Invisible before Us and Still Possible

At the end of yesterday’s memorial service remembering those who died in the tragic Tucson shooting, the president of the University of Arizona read a poem by W. S. Merwin, recently named our poet laureate. I found a copy of it on the University’s Poetry Center website, along with the following wonderful quotation by Merwin […]

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Our New Poet Laureate

W. S. Merwin  A very fine poet, W. S. Merwin, has been named our new poet laureate. Because he was a friend of my former colleague Lucille Clifton, I was able to meet Merwin when he visited St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He lives in Hawaii and has been working hard to preserve their rain […]

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