Garden Time (Paperback)

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Garden Time (Paperback)

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Every now and then, on walks through the arboretum or while eating a sunlit breakfast, I'm reminded that I won't be able to keep any of this. Even the trees around me, which may outlast me, cannot live forever. I'm reminded of how little I know and how much life I still yearn to live. A certain kind of anxious joy emerges. Merwin captures these revelatory flashes in his final poems, which he dictated to his wife in near-total blindness. He reminds us that life is a gift that we must one day give back.

— From Shannon D

Composed as he lost his eyesight, W.S. Merwin's final and exquisite book brims with longing, loss, and unanswerable questions. In Garden Time, Merwin's luminous, ethereal voice gently interrogates mortality; at the very end of his life, he sings lovingly to a tireless world--although not without trepidation. When he could no longer see well enough to write, he dictated his poems to his wife, Paula. The result is a book contemplative and delicate, tender and melancholy. In this gorgeous, mindful, and life-affirming book, our greatest poet channels energy from his memories and deep connection to the world so as to remind us that "The only hope is to be the daylight.
W.S. Merwin served as Poet Laureate of the United States and has received every major literary accolade, including two Pulitzer prizes, most recently for The Shadow of Sirius (Copper Canyon) and the National Book Award for Migration: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon).
Product Details ISBN: 9781556595943
ISBN-10: 1556595948
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 90
Language: English