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"Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty." "Booklist," starred review
"In his personal anonymity, his strict individuated manner, his defense of the earth, and his heartache at time's passing, Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page." Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books"
"W.S. Merwin's legacy is unquestionably secure." "Poetry"
"Merwin is tackling the mysteries of life and impending death with a grace and dexterity of imagination that leaves one of any age wondering if this is more than simply poetry, but bordering on prophecy." Eliot Schain, "Poetry Flash"
Two-time Pulitzer winner W.S. Merwin is one of the best-selling poets in America. In his new book, "The Moon Before Morning," Merwin examines everything from minute flowers to oceanic destruction, and weaves our complex relationship with the natural world with his own youth, memory, and intense engagement with the passing of days. With considered reverence, subtle might, and generous poetic imagination, Merwin presents a masterful collection.
From "Antique Sound":
"There was an age when you played the records
with ordinary steel needles which grew blunt
and damaged the grooves or with more expensive
stylus tips said to be tungsten or diamond
which wore down the records and the music receded
but a friend and I had it on persuasive authority
that the best thing was a dry thorn of the right kind
and I knew where to find one of those "
W.S. Merwin served as Poet Laureate of the United States and has received every major literary accolade, including two Pulitzer prizes, most recently for "The Shadow of Sirius," and the National Book Award for "Migration: New and Selected Poems."
W.S. Merwin is arguably the most influential American poet of the last half-century - an artist who has transfigured and reinvigorated the vision of poetry for our time. An essential voice in modern American literature, he was United States Poet Laureate in 2010-11.
The Moon Before Morning is a love letter composed in a stunning rush of memory. Answering the call set forth in The Shadow of Sirius (2009), which won him his second Pulitzer Prize, Merwin extends the emotional and intellectual reach of that collection with passionate reverence for the natural world, bittersweet reflection on time's irrevocable ravages, and equanimity informed by a lifetime of writing and practised contemplation.
Merwin's studied precision in form and language filters crisp, beautiful images through ethereal memory, forging an intense bond between the writer and a quickly transforming world. 'When we forget,' Merwin writes, others will remember: no action or spirit on Earth is without its infinite reverberations.
Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
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