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The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

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The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

The Poetic 'Shadow' Of Memory, Mortality

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W.S. Merwin is the author of more than 50 books. Matthew Carlos Schwartz hide caption

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist William Stanley Merwin was known in the 1960s as an anti-war poet. Now an environmental activist, Merwin has published a new book of poems, The Shadow of Sirius, which addresses themes of memory and mortality.

Merwin's classic anthology, Spanish Ballads, was recently reissued in paperback. It is one of the poet's earliest translation projects.

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