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W.S. Merwin

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Quotomania 309: W.S. Merwin


Subscribe to Quotomania on Simplecast or search for Quotomania on your favorite podcast app!Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin had a career that spanned seven decades. A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America.  He died at home at the age of 91, in the house he built, among the thousands of palms he planted, on Friday, March 15, 2019.Born September 30, 1927, in New York City, William Stanley Merwin was the son of a Presbyterian minister, for whom he began writing hymns at the age of five. He was raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and attended Princeton University on a scholarship. As a young man, Merwin went to Europe and developed a love of languages that led to work as a literary translator. Over the years, his poetic voice moved from the more formal to a more distinctly American voice. As the Atlantic Monthly said, “The intentions of Merwin’s poetry are as broad as the biosphere yet as intimate as a whisper. He conveys in the sweet simplicity of grounded language a sense of the self where it belongs, floating between heaven, earth, and the underground.”He has lived in Majorca, London, France, Mexico and several places in the United States, as well as Boston and New York. In 1976, Merwin moved to Hawaii to study with Robert Aitken, a Zen Buddhist teacher. He married Paula Dunaway, in 1983, and settled on Maui. For over 40 years, they lived in a home that William designed and helped build, surrounded by acres of land once devastated and depleted from years of erosion, logging and toxic agricultural practices. Together, the Merwins painstakingly restored the land into one of the most comprehensive palm gardens in the world. He continued to live, write and garden in Hawaii until he died at home on Friday, March 15th, 2019.From https://merwinconservancy.org/about-w-s-merwin/.For more information about W. S. Merwin:Previously on The Quarantine Tapes:Wayne Koestenbaum on Merwin, at 09:42: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-166-wayne-koestenbaumJoy Harjo on Merwin, at 02:52: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-153-joy-harjoEdward Hirsch on Merwin, at 19:54: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-173-edward-hirschNaomi Shihab Nye on Merwin, at 24:16: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-073-naomi-shihab-nyeThe Shadow of Sirius: https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/books/the-shadow-of-sirius-by-w-s-merwin/“Worn Words”: https://merwinconservancy.org/2017/01/worn-words-by-ws-merwin/“W. S. Merwin on Hope and What to Do On the Last Day of the World”: https://improvisedlife.com/2020/04/27/w-s-merwin-on-hope-and-what-to-do-on-the-last-day-of-the-world/


6 Oct 2022

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Separation, by W.S. Merwin

much poetry muchness

16 Jun 2022

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A Letter to Su Tung P’o by W.S. Merwin

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15 Jun 2022

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To Paula in Late Spring by W.S. Merwin

Words in the Air

Read by Terry CasburnProduction and Sound Design by Kevin Seaman


6 Jun 2022

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Pan (W.S. Merwin, en la voz de Nazareno Iovino)

Orden de traslado

a Wendell Berry Cada cara en la calle es una rebanada de pan que deambula por ahí y busca a plena luz en algún lado el hambre verdadera parece que les pasa por al lado se aferran ¿ya se habrán olvidado de las cuevas tenues donde soñaban esconderse? sus propias cuevas repletas de la espera de sus huellas colgadas con las marcas de sus manoseos repletas de su sueño y su esconderse ¿ya se habrán olvidado de los ásperos túneles que soñaban seguir huyendo de la luz para escuchar, paso tras paso el corazón del pan, alimentarse de su oscuro aliento, y salir para encontrarse a solas ante un campo de trigo que le ofrece a la luna su fulgor?

18 May 2022

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The Nails by W.S. Merwin

Words in the Air

Production and Sound Design by Kevin Seaman


10 May 2021

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Redo on dust of the Road by W.S. Merwin

Lone Wolf Survival by the Ancient Texan

That cloud of dust rises up and lives for a while as it has done through eternity.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/support


28 Apr 2021

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To the Dust of the Road by W.S. Merwin

Lone Wolf Survival by the Ancient Texan

enjoy--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/support


3 Apr 2021

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March 22, 2021 Cemetery White Iris, Henry David Thoreau, Christine Buisman, Thomas Carew, Garden Time by W.S. Merwin, and America’s First Horticultural Society

The Daily Gardener

Today we celebrate a journal entry about spring and sap and microclimates. We'll also learn about a young Dutch botanist who determined the cause of Dutch Elm Disease. We’ll hear a poem about spring from a beloved English poet. We Grow That Garden Library™ with a book about the Garden from a man who was never in a hurry, who fought to preserve trees, and sought to work with nature. And then we’ll wrap things up with the story of the earliest horticulture society in the United States.    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart To listen to the show while you're at home, just ask Alexa or Google to “Play the latest episode of The Daily Gardener Podcast.” And she will. It's just that easy.   The Daily Gardener Friday Newsletter Sign up for the FREE Friday Newsletter featuring: A personal update from me Garden-related items for your calendar The Grow That Garden Library™ featured books for the week Gardener gift ideas Garden-inspired recipes Exclusive updates regarding the show Plus, each week, one lucky subscriber wins a book from the Grow That Garden Library™ bookshelf.   Gardener Greetings Send your garden pics, stories, birthday wishes, and so forth to Jennifer@theDailyGardener.org   Curated News The hunt for a white iris once popular in old New Orleans gardens | Nola.com | Dan Gill   Facebook Group If you'd like to check out my curated news articles and original blog posts for yourself, you're in luck. I share all of it with the Listener Community in the Free Facebook Group - The Daily Gardener Community. So, there’s no need to take notes or search for links. The next time you're on Facebook, search for Daily Gardener Community where you’d search for a friend... and request to join. I'd love to meet you in the group. Grow That Garden Library Garden Time by W.S. Merwin


22 Mar 2021

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W.S. Merwin & Earth Mother - Episode 20

Getting Stoned

Good day all you lovely people! Welcome to Episode 20 of Getting Stoned with yours truly. In this episode we read some poetry from the incredible W.S. Merwin and I do a new tune, Earth Mother. As always, I appreciate you stopping by for a listen and send much gratitude your way! Be well you beautiful humans! Peace & Love, Stone--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/stonepetoskey/message


31 Oct 2020