Conversation with America's Poet Laureate: W.S. Merwin Previous Broadcasts

KQED Plus: Thu, Nov 2, 2017 -- 3:00 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and accomplished literary translator William Stanley Merwin shares his thoughts on creativity, conservation, communication and more in A CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA'S POET LAUREATE. Merwin, the first Poet Laureate from Hawaii, discusses his upbringing, his literary and philosophical influences, and his kinship with the Hawaiian culture in this wide-ranging one-hour interview. Set against the lush, serene background of his Maui home, Merwin expounds on the meaning of language, the practical purpose poetry and literature serve, Hawaiian myths and values, the future of mankind and much more. He also shares poems from various stages in his six-decade career, including readings from some of his 26 published collections of poetry.

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