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W. S. Merwin
Born (1927-09-30) September 30, 1927 (age 89)
New York City
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Education Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA 1944
Alma mater Princeton University
Period 1952–
Genre Poetry, prose, translation
Notable awards PEN Translation Prize
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1971, 2009
Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry
Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Tanning Prize
National Book Award
United States Poet Laureate
Spouse Dorothy Jeanne Ferry
Dido Milroy
Paula Schwartz (1983–present)

Now all my teachers are dead except silence.
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you’ve lost the whole thing.
W. S. Merwin
We are asleep with compasses in our hands.