Thursday, July 01, 2010

W. S. Merwin

has just been appointed the new US poet laureate. A bio from poets.org.

(I must confess, I always found his work a bit difficult to sink my teeth into, if I may speak thus. I find it a little thin and slippery. I am semi-convinced, though, that the fault is mine as a reader and not Merwin's as a poet. Perhaps I should look at his work with greater patience.)

Here is Merwin's "In the Winter of My Thirty-Eighth Year."