W.S. Merwin has died

W.S. Merwin has died. He was a former Poet Laurette of the United States. He was also one of my teachers at the University of Iowa. His poetry was beyond excellent. He will be missed by me personally and by the whole poetry world.

I am sorry for your loss.

Eternal rest grant unto W.S. Merwin, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


I was really sad to hear this when I read his obituary over the weekend. Iā€™m not too familiar with his poetry but I know he was a giant name in the field.

I have a tendency to view poets as immortal and in a sense, I guess they are.

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