Thursday, December 08, 2005

W.S. Merwin poem "Utterance"

I like this outfit's work:

Copper Canyon Press

Copper Canyon Press garnered its third National Book Award in poetry for the seminal new collection by W.S. Merwin, Migration: New and Selected Poems. It was the first National Book Award for the 78-year-old poet who lives in Hawaii.


Sitting over words
Very late I have heard a kind of whispered sighing
Not far
Like a night wind in pines or like the sea in the dark
The echo of everything that has ever
Been spoken
Still spinning its one syllable
Between the earth and silence
- W.S. Merwin

In related news, Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book Delights & Shadows, published by Copper Canyon Press of Port Townsend. The award of $10,000 was for "a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author." The book was one of 196 entries for the prize and won Copper Canyon's first Pulitzer Prize.

Additionally, Copper Canyon's founding director Sam Hamill won the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Poets Association.

Copper Canyon Press receives ongoing funding from WSAC's Institutional Support Program. Visit their website at

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