Today's poem is "A Message to Po Chu-I"
from The Moon Before Morning

Copper Canyon Press

W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and was United States Poet Laureate in 2010. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, where he studied with John Berryman and R.P. Blackmur. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Mallorca, and Portugal; for several years afterward he made the greater part of his living by translating from French, Spanish, Latin, and Portuguese. His first book of poetry, A Mask for Janus (1952) was selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Since then, Merwin has authored dozens of books of poetry and prose. His work embodies a bold commitment to experimentation and transformation rooted in the moral necessity of bearing witness, and is influenced by his profoundly environmentalist, pacifist, and anti–imperialist beliefs. He has won many awards, as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller and the Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. W.S. Merwin has lived in Hawaii since 1976. Merwin's most recent books include The The Moon Before Morning (2014), The Shadow of Sirius (2008), The Book of Fables (2007), and Present Company (2005). For a complete list of titles Copper Canyon has published, see below.

Other poems by W. S. Merwin in Verse Daily:
October 24, 2008:   "The Laughing Thrush" "O nameless joy of the morning..."
June 20, 2008:   "Fresh Rose" "Fresh rose, fresh rose..."
July 12, 2005:   "To a Tortoiseshell Lyre" "Do you know how beautiful you are..."
May 12, 2005:  "Summer" ""Be of this brightness dyed..."
April 25, 2005:  "Vixen" ""Comet of stillness princess of what is over..."

Books by W. S. Merwin:

Other poems on the web by W. S. Merwin:
One Hundred Sixty-three poems
Five poems
Seven poems
One Hundred Ninty-nine poems
Twelve poems
Fifty-one poems
Eight poems

W. S. Merwin According to Wikipedia.

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