Tuesday, April 21, 2009
WS Merwin wins 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
From the Citations of this year's awards:
For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to “The Shadow of Sirius,” by W. S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.
"Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “Watching the Spring Festival,” by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a book of lyric poems that evinces compassion for the human condition as it explores the constraints that limit the possibility of people changing the course of their lives; and “What Love Comes To: New & Selected Poems,” by Ruth Stone (Copper Canyon Press), a collection of poems that give rich drama to ordinary experience, deepening our sense of what it means to be human.
Go to http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/123 for biog and poems.