W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for The Shadow of Sirius. His many works of poetry and translation include Present Company (2007), Migration: New and Selected Poems (2005), and a version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004). He lives in Hawaii.

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    The 82-year old poet and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner has just been named U.S. Poet Laureate. Hear him read his work aloud.

  • Poetry: W. S. Merwin, 'Green Fields'

    Hear the author read his poem, first published in the February 1995 'Atlantic'

  • To Smoke

    Even now when we. can no longer remember. how much of the scent. of the world we gave up. life after life in the hope. of being able to…

  • To a Tortoiseshell Lyre

    Do you know how beautiful you are. did you ever know such a thing. oh hollow cradle of light. large as an empty embrace. shape of old…

  • To Age

    It is time to tell you. what you may have guessed. along the way without. letting it deter you. do you remember how. once you liked to kneel…

  • Unknown Bird

    UNKNOWN BIRD by W. S. Merwin. Out of the dry days. through the dusty leaves. far across the valley. those few notes never. heard here…

  • Term

    TERM by W. S. Merwin. At the last minute a word is waiting. not heard that way before and not to be. repeated or ever be remembered. one…

  • Any Time

    ANY TIME by W. S. Merwin. How long ago the day is. when at last I look at it. with the time it has taken. to be there still in it. now in…

  • Before the Flood

    BEFORE THE FLOOD by W. S. Merwin. Why did he promise me. that we would build ourselves. an ark all by ourselves. out in back of the…

  • Three Poems

    ANOTHER RIVER The friends have gone home far up the valley. of that river into whose estuary. the man from England sailed in his own age. in time…

  • Green Fields

    Audio: Hear W. S. Merwin read "Green Fields" (2:22)     By this part of the century few are left who believe.      in the animals for…

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