Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Inscribed, dated, and with a small drawing by Merwin on the first blank. Early edition (number line ends with a "2"), 2005. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 545 pp., clean unmarked text, Near Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. National Book Award winner.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1556592183. A clean copy in jacket. States "First Printing" with the lowest number on the number line being a '2', so presumed to be a First Edition.; 1.6 x 9.1 x 6.1 Inches; 545 pages; The definitive volume from ¿one of America's greatest living poets. ¿¿The Washington Post Book World A powerful case can be made for declaring W.S. Merwin the most influential American poet of the last half-century. Migration: New & Selected Poems is that case. As an undergraduate at Princeton, Merwin was advised by John Berryman to ¿get down on your knees and pray to the muse every day. ¿ Over the last 50 years, Merwin's muse led him beyond the traditional verse of his early years to revolutionary open forms that engaged a vast array of influences and possibilities. As Adrienne Rich wrote of W.S. Merwin's work, ¿I would be shamelessly jealous of this poetry, if I didn't take so much from it into my own life. ¿ From Once in Spring A sentence continues after thirty years it wakes in the silence of the same room the words that come to it after the long comma existed all that time wandering in space as points of light travel unseen through ages of which they alone are the measure and arrive at last to tell of something that came to pass before they ever began or meant anything Migration is the distillation of a profound body of work. Drawing the best poems from his acclaimed 17 books, and including a selection of new poems, Migration is the definitive Merwin volume. It embodies his evolving poetic style, commitment to bearing witness, and artistic and political nerve. There is nothing quite like this in American poetry. Poet and translator W.S. Merwin has received nearly every major literary accolade, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tanning Prize and Bollingen Prize. He has long been committed to artistic, political and environmental causes in both word and deed; when presented with the Pulitzer Prize, he donated the prize money to artists and the draft resistance. He currently lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.
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