The Shadow of Sirius

By W.S. Merwin
(Copper Canyon Press, Paperback, 9781556593109, 130pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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“The breath is what I keep coming back to in the poetry of Merwin; his pacing is impeccable. If you didn't get out of the city this summer, this is a perfect trip to take into the landscape. If you still can, take this with you; it will deepen your valleys and soften your light.”
-- Rebecca Armstrong, McNally Jackson Books, New York, NY


Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

About the Author

W.S. Merwin is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translations. He has earned every major literary prize, most recently the National Book Award for Migration: New and Selected Poems. He lives in Hawaii where he raised endangered palm trees.

Friday, Jul 2, 2010

On Thursday, W.S. Merwin was named the 17th poet laureate of the United States. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, known for his anti-war poetry and environmental activism, joined Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2008 for a discussion about memory, mortality and his writing process. More at

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