W.S. Merwin

  • W.S. Merwin and the nameless Paid Member

    The November/December 2010 issue of The American Poetry Review came in the mail today. It features fourteen new poems by W.S. Merwin. Here's one:Looking Up in the Garden‪These trees have no names‬whatever we call themwhere will the meanings bewhen the words are forgottenwill I see againwhere are youwill you be sittingin Fran's living roomwill the dream come backwill I know where I amwill there be birds More »
  • Buddhist named U.S. Poet Laureate Paid Member

    Yesterday, the US Library of Congress named W.S. Merwin as the country's Poet Laureate. Merwin, who moved to Hawaii in 1976 to study Zen with Robert Aitken, is a longtime Buddhist and a prolific writer. His appointment is timely: As a nature writer and an environmental activist, Merwin has the power to call attention to America's wars and the devastation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times reports: More »