William Stanley Merwin
William Stanley Merwin Poems
- For A Coming Extinction Gray whale Now that we are sinding ...
- My Friends My friends without shields walk on the ...
- It Is March It is March and black dust falls out of the ...
- Air Naturally it is night. Under the overturned lute with ...
- When You Go Away When you go away the wind clicks around to ...
- Any Time How long ago the day is when at last I look at ...
- For The Anniversary Of My Deat... Every year without knowing it...
William Stanley Merwin (born 30 September 1927 ) is an American poet. He made a name for himself as an anti-war poet during the 1960s. Later, he would evolve toward mythological themes and develop a unique prosody characterized by indirect narration and the absence of punctuation. In the 80s and 90s, Merwin's interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology also influenced his writing. He continues to write prolifically, though he also dedicates significant time to the restoration of rainforests in Hawaii, where he currently resides.
Merwin has received many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in both 1971 and 2009) and the Tanning Prize, one of the highest honors ... more »
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For A Coming Extinction
Now that we are sinding you to The End
That great god
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing
I write as though you could understand
And I could say it
One must always pretend something
Among the dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day
The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
When you will ...