Migration is the definitive Merwin volume, an essential text from a poetic revolutionary.
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W.S. Merwin is one of America's leading poets. His prizes include the 2005 National Book Award for his collected poems, Migration, the Pulitzer Prize, the Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. He is the author of dozens of books of poetry and translations. He lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.
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At last there is a significantly large volume of the majestic poetry of W.S. Merwin. Not that all of his other volumes of poems published through the years by Copper Canyon Press have been minor: the length of the books does not begin to mimic the towering power of his work. But here in MIGRATION: NEW & SELECTED POEMS we have enough of his life's work to truly appreciated the fact that he is an exceptional thinker, artist, involved human being, as well as a gifted man of letters. Winning the National Book Award in 2005 this volume belongs in the collection of everyone concerned with great literature and great poetry. Spanning from the past forty odd years of writing, the collection presents some of his finest older works as well as introducing some of the mystical new works that edge him toward Poet Laureate of America. Example: LARK In the hour that has no friends/ above it/ you become yourself/ voice/ black/ star burning in cold heaven/ speaking well of it/ as it falls from you/ upward/ Fire/ by day/ with no country/ where and at what height/ can it begin/ I the shadow/ singing I/ the light This book is rich in such wonders. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 06
W.S. Merwin is an amazing writer. I'm grateful that Auden selected his first book of poetry for the Young Yale Series Competition years ago. Merwin is a remarkable writer, touching on subjects of great importance. He writes beautiful lines that are fused with important themes. I am impressed and feel like this is a generous collection. He is inspiring in terms of his insight into the natural world around him. I am pleased to hear that he won an award for this book of new and selected poems. It is superb.