For Journalists
[GO]

[GO]

 

   

Poet W. S. Merwin To Read On Oct. 13 At The University Of Virginia

October 6, 2005 -- Pulitzer-prize winning poet W.S. Merwin has been writing for about 50 years, not only poetry, but also essays and translations. As the Peters Rushton Visiting Writer at U.Va., he will read from his work at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Hall auditorium on Oct. 13.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and began writing hymns at the age of five. From 1949 to 1951, he worked as a tutor in France, Majorca and Portugal; for several years afterward he made the greater part of his living by translating from French, Spanish, Latin and Portuguese.

His many awards, besides the Pulitzer in 1970 for “The Carrier of Ladders,” include the Tanning Prize for mastery in the art of poetry (now the Wallace Stevens Award), the Bollingen Award and the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Well-known for his anti-Vietnam stance, Merwin also speaks for nature and his adopted homeland of Hawaii. His recent poetry is perhaps his most personal, arising from deeply held anti-imperialist, pacifist and environmentalist beliefs. Author of some 30 books, his latest are “Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001,” “Present Company” and the memoir, “Summer Doorways.”

Here is a poem by W. S. Merwin

FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what

(c) W.S. Merwin, from “The Lice”

Contact: Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

All press releases from 2004 (Web site)
All press releases from 2003 (Web site)
All press releases from 2002
(Web site)
All press releases from 2001
(Web site)
All press releases from 2000 (Web site)

All press releases from 1999
(Web site)
Press releases from August 1993 through May 1999 (text only archive)

UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page

Top News site edited by Dan Heuchert (dnh6n@virginia.edu); maintained by Karen Asher (kac@virginia.edu); releases posted by Sally Barbour (sab4w@virginia.edu).
Last Modified:
© 2005 by the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Top News Information: (434) 924-7676.

News Sources UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page News Sources UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar UVa Home Page UVa News Sources UVa Top News UVa WebCalendar Uva Home Page