William Stanley Merwin
William Stanley Merwin Poems
- My Friends My friends without shields walk on the ...
- For The Anniversary Of My Deat... Every year without knowing it...
- Air Naturally it is night. Under the overturned lute with ...
- Before The Flood Why did he promise me that we would build ...
- For A Coming Extinction Gray whale Now that we are sinding ...
- It Is March It is March and black dust falls out of the ...
- December Night The cold slope is standing in darkness But ...
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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My friends without shields walk on the target
It is late the windows are breaking
My friends without shoes leave
What they love
Grief moves among them as a fire among
My friends without clocks turn
On the dial they turn
My friends with names like gloves set out
Bare handed as they have lived
And nobody knows them
It is they that lay the wreaths at the milestones it is their
Cups that are found at the wells
And are then chained up
My friends without feet sit by the wall
Nodding to the lame ...