The Pupil: Poems
Publisher: Knopf Publishing GroupFormat: Paperback
Hailed by Peter Davison in the “Boston Sunday Globe” as a poet who “engages the underground stream of our lives at depths that only two or three living poets can match,” W. S. Merwin now gives us The Pupil, a volume of astonishing range and extraordinary beauty: a major literary event.These are poems of great lyrical intensity, concerned with darkness and light, with the seasons, and with the passing of time across landscapes that are both vast and minutely imagined. They capture the spiritual anguish of our time; the bittersweet joys of vanishing wilderness; anger at our political wrong- doings; the sensuality that memory can engender. Here are remembrances of the poet's youth, lyrics on the loss of loved ones, echoesfrom the surfaces of the natural world. Here, too, is the poet's sense of a larger mystery:. . . we knowfrom the beginning that the darknessis beyond us there is no explainingthe dark it is only the lightthat we keep feeling a need to account for—from “The Marfa Lights”Passionate, rigorous, and quietly profound, The Pupil is an essential addition to the canon of contemporary American poetry—a book that finds W. S. Merwin's singularly resonant voice at the height of its power.“From the Hardcover edition.”
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