W.S. Merwin


Born
in New York City, New York, The United States
September 30, 1927

Died
March 15, 2019


William Stanley Merwin was an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose.

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The Shadow of Sirius

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Migration: New and Selected...

4.36 avg rating — 618 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions
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Rain in the Trees

4.19 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 1987 — 6 editions
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The Second Four Books of Po...

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The Lice

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The Moon Before Morning

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Garden Time

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The Carrier of Ladders

4.30 avg rating — 183 ratings — published 1971 — 2 editions
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The First Four Books of Poems

4.06 avg rating — 192 ratings — published 1975 — 5 editions
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Present Company

4.22 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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More books by W.S. Merwin…
“Separation

Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.”
W.S. Merwin

“Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.”
W.S. Merwin

“A BIRTHDAY

Something continues and I don't know what to call it
though the language is full of suggestions
in the way of language
but they are all anonymous
and it's almost your birthday music next to my bones

these nights we hear the horses running in the rain
it stops and the moon comes out and we are still here
the leaks in the roof go on dripping after the rain has passed
smell of ginger flowers slips through the dark house
down near the sea the slow heart of the beacon flashes

the long way to you is still tied to me but it brought me to you
I keep wanting to give you what is already yours
it is the morning of the mornings together
breath of summer oh my found one
the sleep in the same current and each waking to you

when I open my eyes you are what I wanted to see.”
W.S. Merwin

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