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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780371012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780371016
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...The Moon Before Morning is a book of drive, finesse and astonishing beauty...There are few great poets alive at any one time, and WS Merwin is one of them. Read him while he is still contemporary. --Fiona Sampson, Guardian

Merwin points his oracular, unpunctuated poems toward his own past, admitting, "I have only what I remember", and offering what may be his most personal, generous and empathic collection. Somehow, he manages to dissolve the boundaries between one time and another, seeming to look forward to the past or remember what has yet to happen... Gorgeous poems about enduring love melt time as well, looking toward a moment when we will be no older than we ever were. --Publishers Weekly

He has attained - more and more with every collection - a wonderfully streamlined diction that unerringly separates and recombines like quicksilver scattered upon a shifting plane, but remains as faithful to the warms and cools of the human heart as that same mercury in the pan-pipe of a thermometer. --James Merrill

About the Author

W.S. Merwin was US Poet Laureate in 2010-11. He has received most of the principal prizes in American poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the Bollingen Prize and the Tanning Prize, and a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. As well as being an internationally renowned poet, he is the author of many classic translations, including editions of Neruda, Dante, The Song of Roland, The Poem of the Cid, and (from Bloodaxe) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight>. His latest titles from Bloodaxe are Selected Poems (2007), The Shadow of Sirius, which won him his second Pulitzer Prize in 2009 and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in the UK, and The Moon Before Morning (2014). Born in New Jersey City in 1927, he taught at several universities, and now lives on the Pacific island of Maui, where he tends to his writing and to his garden of rare and endangered palm trees.

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