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The Moving Target

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Published June 1st 1963 by Macmillan Pub Co (first published January 1st 1963)
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Abraham
Mar 25, 2010 Abraham rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is very much what I thought it might be - a prelude to Merwin's greatest book - The Lice. You can see in these poems all the virtuosity that makes Merwin who he is and was. His is a vision of the natural world that is dominated by violent and beautiful imagery. You find yourself in these images, even as they threaten to draw everything into the surreal. There are incredible moments (like the poem Another Year Come) that are classic Merwin, but there are also moments that are overwrough ...more
Everett Darling
Aug 05, 2011 Everett Darling rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Hints of future Merwin genius, not as fully stunning as Ladders or Sirius, but enough great material in this collection to warrant a serious read. "For Now" ranks among my favorite Merwin masterpieces, As the other reviewer has added, take this book in small doses, as it has a tendency to overwhelm, with each line hanging often like a lead weight. I also enjoyed reading this aloud, which functioned to make Merwins dense, traffic-jam lack of punctuation more decipherable. ...more
Corey
May 03, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think there is a better living poet. Give the guy the Nobel for godsake.
Darrin Kramer
May 03, 2014 Darrin Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merwin gallops through the journey of life. This early collection is new wine bottled. We can appreciate his growth as as poet when we compare current work with this one.
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William Stanley Merwin (New York City, September 30, 1927) is an American poet, credited with over 30 books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Ha ...more
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