Books The Book of Fables by W. S. Merwin Paperback, 349 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, List Price: $20 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Book of FablesAuthorW. S. Merwin Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Poetry Nonfiction Also by W. S. Merwin The Shadow of Sirius W. S. Merwin Collected Poems 1996-2011 Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Book of Fables National Poetry Month 2007 'Language' April 4, 2007 W.S. Merwin has received numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This poem, "Language," is representative of the pieces in his newest book, The Book of Fables, which blur the distinctions between essay, fiction, and poetry.