W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin, a former US Poet Laureate, was one of America’s most widely read and revered poets. He was also an accomplished translator, gardener, and environmental activist. His collections of poems include The Carrier of Ladders, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Shadow of Sirius, again winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Migration: New & Selected Poems, winner of the National Book Award; Present Company, winner of the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress; and, most recently, The Moon Before Morning and Garden Time. He has received numerous awards for his work and translations, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as fellow ships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Merwin lived in Majorca, London, France, and Mexico, as well as in Boston and New York. He died on March 15, 2019 at his home in Maui at the age of 91.
All day the stars watch from long ago
my mother said I am going now
when you are alone you will be all right
whether or not you know you will know


Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.

Annie Dillard