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W.H. Auden

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  • Patt Morrison Asks: The poet, W.S. Merwin

    Patt Morrison Asks: The poet, W.S. Merwin
    An Idaho resort hotel's verdure is not the wild tumble around W.S. Merwin's beloved Hawaiian home, but disciplined grass and orderly stands of trees. Not, perhaps, the sort of trees Merwin had in mind when he wrote, "On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree." But the Sun Valley Writers' Conference bears an annual crop of words and ideas, and Merwin is here as a master gardener of that. He just ended a year's term as the nation's poet laureate. He has to his name two Pulitzer Prizes and more than 30 books of poetry and prose, and a hand-planted forest at home of rare and endangered palms. The Merwin Conservancy is dedicated to keeping his works green -- the ones he created with words, and the natural ones that exist before and beyond them.
  • Oh the nerdity

    W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that. Thus there is joy...

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon

    Review: 'The Book of My Lives' by Aleksandar Hemon
    Aleksandar Hemon, the 48-year-old Bosnian refugee who has become one of this city's literary rock stars, can amuse and he can devastate. That he does both in his second language, wielded with precision and elegance, has earned him comparisons to Nabokov...

    Adrienne Rich dies at 82; feminist poet and essayist

    Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream and subsequently received high literary honors, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 82. The cause was...

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
    If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...