Each Monday a poet, a novelist, an essayist, a journalist, or a scholar recalls a piece of advice or an experience that was most helpful to their writing career.
by Kate Moses | Monday, March 16, 2015
by Ralph Lombreglia | Monday, March 09, 2015
by Hannah Nordhaus | Monday, March 02, 2015
by Aaron Sachs | Monday, February 23, 2015
by Michael Katakis | Monday, February 09, 2015
by Sarah Manguso | Monday, February 02, 2015
by Douglas L. Wilson | Monday, January 26, 2015
by Peter Turchi | Monday, January 19, 2015
by Ann Hood | Monday, January 12, 2015
by Christian G. Appy | Monday, January 05, 2015
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.