W.S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin

1993, 2005
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W.S. Merwin interview with Ed Folsom


Ed Folsom and Cary Nelson interviewed W.S. Merwin in The Iowa Review, Volume 13 Issue 1, 1982: “The foolish thing is to take that world which we have made as the real, total, absolute final world, and say we have it — it’s ours.” Read more…

From the Archives: “Fact Has Two Faces: An Interview with W.S. Merwin.”

Folsom, Ed, and Cary Nelson. “Fact Has Two Faces: An Interview with W.S. Merwin.” The Iowa Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 1982, pp. 30–66.: https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2862&context=iowareview


W.S. Merwin Q & A at the Shambaugh House

Shambaugh House
430 North Clinton Street

W.S. Merwin answers questions from an audience at the International Writing Program. He discusses how politics and the media can intervene in the life of an individual. Merwin also identifies poets that have influenced his work, with a specific focus on Spanish modern poets.

Audio only:

The University of Iowa Libraries, May 2, 2005: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/vwu/id/1828


W.S. Merwin reads at the University of Iowa Library

University of Iowa Main Library
125 West Washington St.

Christopher Merrill introduces the poet William S. Merwin who is speaking as part of the annual Paul Engle Day celebration that honors the memory of the IWP’s co-founder. Merwin reads the following poems ‘To the Light of September,’ ‘To the Words,’ ‘To the Grass of Autumn,’ ‘One Called to Ashes,’ and ‘To the Coming Winter.’ Merwin reads the following poems from his work The Pupil: ‘Prophecy,’ ‘The Comet Museum,’ ‘The Hours of Darkness,’ ‘The Marfalites,’ ‘The Summer’ ‘Plan for the Death of Ted Hughes,’ ‘In Time,’ ‘Home Tundra’ and ‘The Name of the Air.’ Merwin then reads the following poems that he has translated: ‘The Glory of Tellius’ and ‘To Friends of His.’



The University of Iowa Libraries, October 12, 2001: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/vwu/id/455

William Stanley Merwin was an American poet and translator. His work received many prestigious honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1971 and 2009; the National Book Award for Poetry in 2005,  and the Tanning Prize—one of the highest honors from the Academy of American Poets. The Library of Congress named him the 17th United States Poet Laureate in 2010.