Western Reads Presents: W.S. Merwin
United States Poet Laureate 2010–2011 & Pulitzer Prize–winning Poet, Essayist & Translator
Thursday, February 27
In a career spanning five decades, W.S. Merwin, poet, translator, and environmental activist, has become one of the most widely read — and imitated — poets in America. The son of a Presbyterian minister, for whom he began writing hymns at the age of five, Merwin went to Europe as a young man and developed a love of languages that led to work as a literary translator. W.S. Merwin’s recent poetry is perhaps his most personal, arising from his deeply held beliefs. He is not only profoundly anti-imperialist, pacifist, and environmentalist, but also possessed by an intimate feeling for landscape and language and the ways in which land and language interflow. His latest poems are densely imagistic and full of an intimate awareness of the natural world.
Tickets available at the Western Box Office January 6, 2014
This program is made possible by the generous support of Western Reads, Wilson Libraries, English Department, Fairhaven College, Environmental Studies Department and North Cascades Institute.