Remembering W.S. Merwin

Remembering W.S. Merwin

Revisit the work of one of America’s great poets in the pages of The Nation


W.S. Merwin, The Nation’s poetry editor in 1962 and the 17th United States Poet Laureate, passed away at his home near Haiku-Pauwela, Hawaii on March 15. He was 91. His relationship to the magazine was long and storied, and in our pages he contributed not just his verse but also journalistic dispatches on the environmental crisis and nonviolent resistance movements. His work was invaluable. You can find some of his poems and articles for the magazine below. 


Home for Thanksgiving

To the Wires Overhead

To Being Late

To the Margin

To the Unfinished

Poets Against War

Hawaii Wakes Up To Pesticides

Revisit his 2011 interview with The Nation. 

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read. It takes a dedicated team to publish timely, deeply researched pieces like this one. For over 150 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and democracy. Today, in a time of media austerity, articles like the one you just read are vital ways to speak truth to power and cover issues that are often overlooked by the mainstream media.

This month, we are calling on those who value us to support our Spring Fundraising Campaign and make the work we do possible. The Nation is not beholden to advertisers or corporate owners—we answer only to you, our readers.

Can you help us reach our $20,000 goal this month? Donate today to ensure we can continue to publish journalism on the most important issues of the day, from climate change and abortion access to the Supreme Court and the peace movement. The Nation can help you make sense of this moment, and much more.

Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.

Ad Policy