Meet W.S. Merwin, Your Next Poet Laureate

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07/01/2010 2:28 PM |

W.S. Merwin, 82, whom you may recall from various anthologies encountered in workshops in high school and college, and who lives on top of a dormant volcano in Maui where he cultivates endangered plants, will be named as our next Poet Laureate, replacing the great Kay Ryan. After the jump is Merwin’s oft-anthologized, second-sighted poem “Strawberries.”