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The Shadow of Sirius

The Shadow of Sirius

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by W. S. Merwin

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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.


Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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Stephen Burt
As in all of his verse since the late 1960s, Merwin does away with punctuation, letting line breaks and sense determine syntax and pace. The results suggest whispers, laments, accounts of long-ago memories, even voices from an underworld
—The New York Times
Library Journal

Having published over 50 books since 1952, Merwin could be excused for resting on his laurels. Instead, he continues to work hard, here offering poems clearly formed in a refiner's fire. "Somewhere the Perseids are falling/ but in the stillness after the rain ends/ nothing is to be heard but the drops falling." Wisely, without bitterness, these poems capture that essential stillness.

—Barbara Hoffert
From the Publisher
"W.S. Merwin is one of the great poets of our age."—Los Angeles Times Book Review "[In] any landscape, Merwin stands tall."—Philadelphia Inquirer "Complex, spiritual, and evocative, Merwin is a major poet, and this is a sublime measure of his achievements."—Booklist "W. S. Merwin's legacy is unquestionably secure: his best and most fierce poems are moody, visionary compositions that dive into the unconscious and the seeds of existence."—Poetry

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Copper Canyon Press
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Meet the Author

W.S. Merwin is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for Migration: New and Selected Poems. He lives in Hawaii where he raised endangered palm trees.

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The Shadow of Sirius 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Christianexistentialist More than 1 year ago
I am a poetry lover and got introduced to Merwin through a reading on the Writer's Almanac and an interview of WS on NPR. This work is a capstone and an elegant tapestry of a man embracing life in later years - reflecting back to remembered scenes and relationships and writing forward to his own demise. Merwin is neither nostalgic nor sentimental but his words paint real pictures that draw on universal human experiences as filtered through his own life. Read slowly and enjoy as meditation. WS - thanks for letting us in!
Monastic_Vow More than 1 year ago
A few months ago I was reading Merwin's Collected Poems qand I enjoyed the experience. I was not, however, expecting a new collection. Then I heard Terry Gross interview the author on Fresh Aire and was charmed. I rushed right out to The King's English (a grand independent bookshop in Salt Lake City) and snapped it up. I'm reading it now. I don't know why, but Merwin's poems bring out a deep resonance in my voice when I read them aloud--a very different voice for me. I'll post a more thoughtful review later. I'm looking forward to a slow and joyous read.
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