Present Company

Present Company

by W. S. Merwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1556592337

ISBN-13: 9781556592331

Pub. Date: 06/01/2007

Publisher: Perseus Publishing

“One of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Merwin keeps his language simple but his perceptions complex. Classical in their lines of inquiry and restraint yet vital in their attunement to the here and now, these personal odes and musings on daily existence and the cycles of life are, by turns,

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“One of America’s greatest living poets.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Merwin keeps his language simple but his perceptions complex. Classical in their lines of inquiry and restraint yet vital in their attunement to the here and now, these personal odes and musings on daily existence and the cycles of life are, by turns, bemused and exalted . . . each poem infuses the collection with buoyancy and light.”—Booklist

Now in paperback, W.S. Merwin’s latest masterwork—which reviewers have described as “meditative,” “playful,” and “lithely beautiful”—guides readers to universal themes through worldly specifics. Akin to Pablo Neruda’s Elemental Odes, every poem in Present Company directly addresses the people and things of daily life, as in “To the Thief at the Airport” or “To Lingering Regrets.”

“To This May”

They know so much more now about
the heart we are told but the world
still seems to come one at a time
one day one year one season and here
it is spring once more with its birds
nesting in the holes in the walls
its morning finding the first time
its light pretending not to move
always beginning as it goes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556592331
Publisher:
Perseus Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
407,385
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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