W. S. Merwin Named U. S. Poet Laureate

Cover Art: The Rain in the TreesW. S. Merwin has been named U. S. Poet Laureate. He will replace the outgoing Kay Ryan. He is the author of thirty books of poems, and translator of many more. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in both 1971 and 2009, and the Academy of American Poets' Tanning Prize, among many other honors.

His early work was deeply influenced by classical mythology, but in the 1960s, he was galvanized by the anti-war movement, and many of his most anthologized poems were written in this period. He currently lives a relatively sedate life in Hawaii where he is active in environmental causes.

Collections
Migration: New & Selected Poems
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The Rain in the Trees: Poems /
Translations:
Medieval Epics /
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight /
Purgatorio / Dante Alighieri
Iphigeneia in Aulis / Euripides
Twenty Love Poems & A Song of Despair / Pablo Neruda
Editor:
The Essential Wyatt: Selected with an Introduction by W. S. Merwin