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Author: W S Merwin
Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this new work from one of America's foremost poets, W.S. Merwin guides readers to universal themes through worldly specifics. Similar in tone and effect to Pablo Neruda's Elemental Odes, every poem in Present Company directly address the human encounters and ordinary objects of daily life, as in "To the Face in the Mirror" or "To Salt."" "These poems to the world are fully engaged with living, are serious yet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Merwin, W.S. (William Stanley), 1927-
Present company.
Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)607585325
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W S Merwin
ISBN: 1556592272 9781556592270
OCLC Number: 58788949
Description: xii, 137 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: To this May --
To the soul --
To a reflection --
To the face in the mirror --
To waiting --
To impatience --
To age --
To lingering regrets --
To my teeth --
To the ancient order of legs --
To my legs --
To the tongue --
To the gift of sight --
To the corner of the eye --
To the shadow --
To another William --
To history --
To the unlikely event --
To a departing companion --
To Lili's walk --
To a friend travelling --
To the sorrow string --
To --
--
To the consolations of philosophy --
To grief --
To absence --
To the knife --
To prose --
To duty --
To Billy's car --
To the present visitors --
To the present tense --
To the air --
To Muku dreaming --
To the dust of the road --
To that stretch of canal --
To the blue stork --
To the sound of the gate --
To the stone paddock by the far barn --
To a few cherries --
To my mother --
To my grandfathers --
To Aunt Margie --
To my father's houses --
To my brother --
To Micky --
To Doris --
To the old --
To the dog stars --
To the tray dancers --
To the mistakes --
To luck --
To the blank spaces --
To the morning (1) --
To Monday --
To the long table --
To the margin --
To the middle --
To the next time --
To the light of September --
To the words --
To the grass of autumn --
To ashes --
To Zbigniew Herbert's bicycle --
To the coming winter --
To the smell of water --
To the beginning of rain --
To a mosquito --
To glass --
To purity --
To salt --
To the lightning --
To the escape of light --
To a leaf falling in winter --
To the fire --
To smoke --
To forgetting --
To the wires overhead --
To a tortoiseshell lyre --
To the gods --
To the veil --
To the way back --
To the thief at the airport --
To the afterlife --
To finding again --
To the surgeon Kevin Lin --
To days of winter --
To a friend turning fifty --
To being late --
To the morning (2) --
To the moss --
To an old acacia --
To the story --
To a dormouse --
To the parting year --
To the new year --
To the unfinished --
To Paula --
To myself --
To the happy few --
To the book.
Responsibility: W.S. Merwin.
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"In this new work from one of America's foremost poets, W.S. Merwin guides readers to universal themes through worldly specifics. Similar in tone and effect to Pablo Neruda's Elemental Odes, every poem in Present Company directly address the human encounters and ordinary objects of daily life, as in "To the Face in the Mirror" or "To Salt."" "These poems to the world are fully engaged with living, are serious yet playful, inspiriting and full of wonder. Merwin recasts the particulars of the personal, and makes them profoundly universal. Whether writing of an imaginary vehicle in "To Zbigniew Herbert's Bicycle" or watching fireworks from a distance in "To the Coming Winter," his poems create a rare and compelling intimacy."--Jacket.

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