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“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on W. S. Merwin
December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday December 15th, the Poetry Salon will consider the work of W. S. Merwin, former Poet Laureate of the United States. His numerous collections of poetry, his translations, and his books of prose have won praise over seven decades. For the entirety of his writing career, he explored a sense of wonder and celebrated the power of language, while serving as a staunch anti-war activist and advocate for the environment. A practicing Buddhist as well as a proponent of deep ecology, Merwin lived since the late 1970s on an old pineapple plantation in Hawaii which he and his wife have painstakingly restored to its original rainforest state. The themes that preoccupied Merwin most keenly were those that haunt nearly every poet: the earth, the sea, and their myriad creatures; the cycle of the seasons; myth and spirituality; personal history and memory; and, above all, the fleeting nature of life. Please join Claire Keyes for a lively discussion of Merwin’s ecopoetry from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Abbot Public Library. Merwin’s poems will be distributed at the Salon which is free and open to the public.