The Shadow of Sirius

Author(s): W. S. Merwin


The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's new book of poems. "I have only what I remember," Merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound - the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well-cultivated loves, and "our long evenings and astonishment."

 In "Photographer," Merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by "someone who understood."

In "Empty Lot," Merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled dynamite blasts of coal mining near his home, and we can't help but ask: How shall we mine our lives?

"somewhere the Perseids are falling
toward us already at a speed that would
burn us alive if we could believe it
but in the stillness after the rain ends
nothing is to be heard but the drops falling"



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Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

"A collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory." - Pulitzer Prize Committee

W. S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

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  • : 9781556593109
  • : Copper Canyon Press
  • : Copper Canyon Press
  • : books

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  • : W. S. Merwin
  • : Paperback