Each Monday, a different guest columnist recalls the wisdom of a favorite teacher or mentor who helped them better understand themselves, their work, or their place in the universe.
by Lucy Ferriss | Monday, January 02, 2017
by Paula Marantz Cohen | Monday, December 26, 2016
by Jan Morris | Monday, December 19, 2016
by Johanna Droubay | Monday, December 12, 2016
by George D. Greenia | Monday, November 28, 2016
by Sarah Rice | Monday, November 14, 2016
by Charles Johnson | Monday, November 07, 2016
by Kirsten Weir | Monday, October 31, 2016
by Emily Esfahani Smith | Monday, October 24, 2016
by Helen Czerski | Monday, October 17, 2016
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by John Kaag
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.