My review on GoodReads of this poetry book:
In January 2015, W.S. Merwin — winner of many poetry awards — was given the Champion of the Land Conservation Award by HILT, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. I was visiting Maui during that week, and I was also reading The Folding Cliffs. For me, this book is as much about the natural history of Kaua’i as it is about political history. Mr. Merwin’s portrayal of dramatic terrain, waterways & waterfalls, trees & ferns, birds & pigs & shellfish, weather zones, elevated caves, and burial grounds, is bewitching. Everywhere I traveled in Maui, I recognized one of the natural features or creatures appearing in Mr. Merwin’s poetic narrative. Indeed, given that several of his passages acknowledge the unreliability of human storytelling, of all personal and institutional reporting, I infer that Nature is more trustworthy than History.
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Happy New Year!
2015 marks the 15th year of my life as a poet.
This PHOTO of me was taken November 2014 by Dan Wilcox of Albany, New York, USA.
Wadi Rum, Jordan. I’m the speck climbing the sand dune, the tourist-poet. During my recent trip to Jordan, I took notes for a poem which I’m now revising and refining.