The Shadow of Sirius

The Shadow of Sirius

by W. S. Merwin


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ISBN-13: 9781556593109
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 371,968
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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.
rmckeown on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I showed the interview of Merwin with Bill Moyers to my creative writing class and became inspired to buy a copy of this collection, which Merwin frequently read from during the interview.The poems are exactly the kind I love to read ¿ simple, straightforward with some surprising and highly pleasing insights. I will buy some more of his verse as I come across them. Considering the fact that he has published almost 30 volumes, I can¿t bust my budget to complete the collection as I would like to do.As is my custom when reading a volume of poetry, I mark ones I especially love for quoting here. I marked about 20 in Shadow, so I had a hard time figuring which I would quote. ¿Cold Spring Morning¿ kept popping up, so here it is:¿At times it has seemed that whenI first came here it was an old self I recognized in the silent wallsand the river far belowbut the self has no ageas I knew even then and had knownfor longer than I could rememberas the sky has no skyexcept itself this white morning in Maywith fog hiding the barnsthat are empty now and hiding the mossedlimbs of gnarled walnut trees and the greenpastures unfurled along the slopeI know where they are and the birdsthat are hidden in their own callsin the cold morningI was not born here I come and go¿ (82).I felt myself in this poem as I recalled that day back in 1993 when I moved to Texas ¿ alone, knowing not a soul at the age of 45. If I can write one poem this wonderful, this powerful, and so full of truth ¿ not only for me, but for some stranger who happens to read it, then I will be allowed to consider myself a poet. You need to read Merwin. Over and over, and again and again. 5 stars--Jim, 4/16/11
JimElkins on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have been reading Merwin since "The Lice," "The Carrier of Ladders," and "The First Four Books of Poems" -- since about 1974. No review can do justice to half a lifetime of reading, despite what reviewers continuously imply.But there is increasingly a chill in Merwin, a kind of persistent, deep in the bones kind of cold. "The Lice" also had sharp edges, scraps and shards of images, and the poems were as if read by an uneven voice. They fluctuated from astonishingly lucent to weirdly opaque. His newer work is like a diffuse deep luminous fog. It is lovely, but textureless. Its surface is crossed by small brittle waves, worrying themselves over damp sand (that's partly from one of his images): he is reliably slightly troubled, and unconsolably deeply wounded, but also, sadly for his readers, at peace. After a while, reading the new Merwin, I feel cold, as if I have been walking too long on a foggy seashore. So I might, finally, after over thirty years, stop buying his books.
snash on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Poems without punctuation giving them a nebulous quality to fit with haunting poems about timelessness and the unfathomable unknowing unknown inhabited by the the lone lost questioner.Six poems I particularly liked were "Raiment", "Inheritance", "Youth", "Recognition", "My Hand", and "One of the Butterflies".
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I heard an interview with Mr. Merwin on NPR and happened to find his book on the shelves of my library later that same day. I am not a great fan of poetry, but I found myself particularly liking several of the poems in this book.
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