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Poet W.S. Merwin died yesterday, March 15, 2019, at his home in Hawaii. Poet, translator, environmentalist, memoirist, conservator of land, language, human imagination. Soul. A poem from his book The Shadow of Sirius (2009, Copper Canyon Press): Just This When I … Continue reading
“. . . That the poems we snatch from the language must bear the habit of our thinking. That their arrangement strengthens the authority on which each separate line is laid. That they extend the line into perpetuity. That they … Continue reading
“What is the poet’s subject? It is his sense of the world. The truth is that a man’s (one’s) sense of the world dictates his subjects to him, and that this sense is derived from his personality, his … Continue reading
(excerpt from The Life of Poetry (Introduction) : “In times of crisis, we summon up our strength. Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that … Continue reading
With thanks to Innisfree editor Greg McBride for publishing the above poem in the current issue. See also poet and essayist Rod Jellema’s essays on James Wright, Donald Hall, and Louis Simpson, in the same issue.
“I find my position as a poet today a curious one… For a long time I have maintained that the poet’s affair was the individual human soul, the story of it in one man, in my case the transforming of … Continue reading