W. S. Merwin — American Poet born on September 30, 1927,

William Stanley Merwin is an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands' rainforests... (wikipedia)

Now all my teachers are dead except silence.
We are asleep with compasses in our hands.
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.

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