This video from the USA says about itself: ‘the poet W.S. Merwin reads from his vast body of poetry at UC Santa Barbara on April 13, 2006. ‘
From London daily The Morning Star:
(Tuesday 11 September 2007)
POETRY: 21st Century Verse
ANDY CROFT rounds up this month’s best poetry releases.
In 1965, Life Magazine carried on its cover a photograph taken during a civil rights march in Alabama.
It showed a tearful black woman tending the wounds of a young white man injured when the marchers were violently assaulted by state troopers.
That young man was the poet Galway Kinnell, already active in voter registration in Louisiana.
He later wrote about his involvement in the civil rights movement and the campaign against the Vietnam war in an epic poem called The Book of Nightmares.
Kinnell is now one of the grand old men of US poetry, the author of widely anthologised and well-loved poems such as The Bear, St Francis and the Sow and After Making Love We Hear Footsteps.
Bloodaxe Books brought out an anthology a few years ago. Now, at the age of 80, Kinnell has just written a new book called Strong is Your Hold, also published by Bloodaxe, priced £8.95. …
WS Merwin – who was at Princeton with Kinnell – has also been an outspoken critic of US governments.
Drawing on half a century of work, his Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, £9.95) includes several memorable political poems such as The Asians Dying, Presidents and the wonderful Avoiding News by the River.
Another Merwin video: here.