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Poet W.S. Merwin And The Pulitzer.

April 22, 2009
W.S. Merwin             

Photo: Matthew Carlos Schwartz

W.S. Merwin is a pacifist and has been known for his anti-war poetry.

From: NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts. Fresh Air from WHYY, April 21, 2009 · W.S. Merwin won his second Pulitzer Prize for poetry on April 20 for The Shadow Of Sirius. In a 2008 interview, Merwin read a few of his poems and talked about memory, mortality and acceptance in his poetry. Merwin has published over 20 books of poetry and almost 20 books of translation. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Carrier Of Ladders. Known in the 1960s as an anti-war poet, Merwin is now an environmental activist who speaks out about restoring the rain forests of Hawaii.

From Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Poet W.S. Merwin, a Maui resident, won his second Pulitzer Prize today. Merwin, who moved to Haiku in 1976 to study with a Zen Buddhist master, was honored for “The Shadow of Sirius.”

In 1971, Merwin won for “The Carrier of Ladders” and refused to accept the prize money in protest of the Vietnam War. This time, he’ll mark the day more quietly, celebrating with his dog while his wife is out of town.

“I think it’s wonderful when it happens, and if it doesn’t, I think of all the great people who didn’t get honored. And that’s a pretty good tradition too,” Merwin said.

Since moving to Maui, his work has been marked by his passionate commitment to Buddhism and environmentalism. The judges described the book as “a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.”

More here: Maui poet W.S. Merwin wins second Pulitzer Prize ...

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