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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
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
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 ...moreMore about W.S. Merwin...