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"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty." —Booklist, starred review of The"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him." —The Guardian"Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty." —Booklist, starred review of The Moon before Morning "Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page." —Helen Vendler, The New York Review of BooksW.S. Merwin composed Garden Time during the difficult process of losing his eyesight. When he could no longer see well enough to write, he dictated his new poems to his wife, Paula. In this gorgeous, mindful, and life-affirming book, our greatest poet channels energy from animated sounds and memories to remind us that "the only hope is to be the daylight."From "A Breath of Day":Last night I slept on the floor of the sea in an unsounded part of the oceanin the morning it was a long way upthrough the dark streets of a silent countrywith no language in its empty housesuntil I had almost reached the surfaceof a morning that I had never seenthen a breeze came to it and I beganto remember the voices of young leaves . . .W.S. Merwin served as Poet Laureate of the United States and has received every major literary accolade, including two Pulitzer prizes, most recently for The Shadow of Sirius (Copper Canyon), and the National Book Award for Migration: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon). He lives in Hawaii....

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Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Garden Time Reviews

  • Terry Everett
    2019-05-24 20:27

    wonderful poems.

  • Liam
    2019-05-22 23:59

    The concept of memory and forgetting, of sound and other intangibles we live through permeate this wonderfully accessible collection written when Merwin is getting on in years. One thing I loved was how the poems seem to march along in a order that makes us think about the previous poem. One poem feeds off another because of common timeless themes.What does rain sound like? What is time and how do we recognize we are living through it? How do we remember and how do we forget? Are we aware of anything before our actual birth? Merwin thinks so. Many poems are seasonal and many refer to summer and autumn and the play between their convergence.

  • Susan
    2019-05-22 18:18

    Classic, beautiful Merwin, as always. These poems are filled with the simplicity and depth that aging affords us. A must read!

  • Ken
    2019-05-07 18:07

    This is a slow-you-down collection of minimalist pieces by W.S. The reason you slow down is that there is no punctuation. Unpunctuated poetry requires stops and starts, retries. Ah, yes. THAT makes sense. When I pause THERE. Otherwise, gobbledygook. Despite that, I found a couple of gems to appreciate in the book. One mentioned Li Po, an ancient Chinese poet I met thanks to Czeslaw Milosz's A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry.“River” by W.S. MerwinLi Po the little boat is gonethat carried you ten thousand lidownstream past the gibbons callingall the way from both banks and theytoo are gone and the forests theywere calling from and you are goneand every sound you heard is gonenow there is only the riverthat was always on its own wayAnother subtle mood piece I enjoyed was "The Sound of Forgetting" because, well, I like sounds like that. Most unusual. Unlike the sound of televisions and radios and Internet games and, of course, people on cellphones."The Sound of Forgetting" by W.S. MerwinAll night while the rain fellthe dark valley heard in silencethe silent valley did not rememberyou were asleep beside mewhile the rain fell all around usI listened to you breathingI wanted to rememberthe sound of your breath but we lay there forgettingasleep and awakeforgetting a breath at a timewhile the rain went on falling around usYeah. Like that, these poems are. Nature poems. Gentle-like. Li Po might get off his boat for one or two. And you?

  • Peter
    2019-04-30 20:24

    A lovely collection of quiet subtle poems. As far as I can tell Merwin was in his eighties when he wrote most of these verses. It took me a while to hear his voice clearly as I have not previously read his poetry. He is an avid gardener and a buddhist . Both of these influences show in the poems. He asks some of life's fundeamental questions, gives no answers except for the beauty he has created in words.

  • Jon
    2019-05-02 22:00

    My first collection of Merwin. Lovely lovely. I'll be returning to these poems, and can't wait for them to reveal new wonders.

  • Dusty Roether
    2019-05-18 20:22

    This was the first collection of poetry I read for this year's National Poetry Month. Also my first read of poetry by W. S. Merwin. My favorite poems in this collection are "O Silent Hands," "Variations to the Accompaniment of a Cloud," and "No Twilight." Really related to his experiences in some of these poems.

  • Ross Cohen
    2019-05-06 18:59

    W. S. Merwin's recent collection, "Garden Time," is as beautiful as anything he's done before. His poems share the qualities of daylight shining through a window onto a floor - illuminating, ephemeral, and welcomed.

  • Adam Sol
    2019-04-25 21:08

    The old master, quiet, attentive, and at peace.

  • James
    2019-05-20 17:10

    A simply beautiful book of poetry. Merwin, one of our greatest living poets, writes brilliantly about growing older and contemplating existence, nature, and love. This is one of those books you just want hand out to everyone and demand that they read it. Simply put, it is a classic. Highest recommendation.

  • David Anthony Sam
    2019-05-13 21:13

    Give this collection a few pages before you discover the understated eloquence of age and loss and love in the face of it all. While this is not his finest collection, Merwin offers us his truth with language that is accessible to those who do not regularly read poetry. Yet many of the poems have depth of thought and feeling and a koan kind of craft that belies what seems prosaic at first reading. I highly recommend it whether you are in the last third of life or just beginning your too short journey. Poetry like Merwin's helps us all to pay close attention both to the questions and to the only answers in the now.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-15 19:21

    "[Clouds] appear from out of sight and change as the moment passes through them." --"Summer Sky" This is what the poems in this collection are like. Utterly gorgeous, changeable as clouds....

  • UCI New Books Lobby
    2019-05-08 23:05

    On order.

  • rosamund
    2019-05-09 20:16

    This collection, written in Merwin's late 80s, explores the passing of time, sense of loss, and a love and longing for the natural world. His poetry is complex and delicate: this is the first collection of his that I have read, and I fear I may not have started in the right place. He is clearly building on themes he has been exploring throughout his life, as well as particular way of working with language and line. He uses no punctuation and I found his lineation perplexing at times. I spent a long time looking at lines like, "The taste of falling is something we / ignore but that we never forget" in the poem Untold and wondering why he chose to break after "we". Some of his work soars, and some I find clumsy and trite. Fear for the future is obvious in the poem Here Together, but "I am clinging to you to keep you from / being swept away and you are clinging to me / to keep me from being swept away from you" are convoluted and don't add to the meaning of the poem. But there were also poems that allowed me to understand why Merwin is such a highly regarded poet, such as A Breath of Day, which is a mysterious and subtle poem that may be about birth, joy, memory, or something else. Merwin begins, "Last night I slept on the floor of the sea / in an unsounded part of the ocean / in the morning it was a long way up / through the dark streets of a silent country." At its best, Merwin's poetry is both elusive and full of assonance and imagery. I will seek out more of his work.

  • Don Wentworth
    2019-05-01 18:27

    Merwin, astonishingly, is at the height of his powers in this his latest collection. If you like Merwin, this is a must read.

  • Ellison
    2019-05-23 00:29

    Features a collection of non-rhyming poems about a number of different topics, engaging and insightful.

  • Scott Pomfret
    2019-05-24 17:11

    This slim volume of Merwin's work contains certain gems. I was struck by "The Sound of It," a poem lamenting (or maybe just remarking) on the fact that the stopping of a dog's bark or a day's rain is not itself heard, but rather only the silence or what replaces it, or what was always there that the bark or rain caused us not to attend. Also by the ultimate poem, "The Present," in which two leaving the garden nevertheless simultaneously reach for a senseless gift neither can keep, but laugh when their hands strike each other while so reaching.That said, the poems in the second half of the book devolved into a murkiness, in which Merwin largely lost the power of the specific and tangible image and instead noodles in a kind of haze thanking his lucky stars for his late-in-life love or remarking with wonder on his old age. Neither the love nor his old age are presented vividly, so the effect is largely maudlin.

  • Taylor
    2019-05-25 01:27

    There are some very, very good poems in here, of course. Although, overall, it is not his strongest collection. Some poems felt a bit repetitive.

  • Jeff Crompton
    2019-05-07 21:07

    First of all, it didn't really take me three months to read this book; I read half, then put it away until this afternoon, when I finished it in one sitting.These are really beautiful poems. I don't quite know how Merwin accomplished this, but his language is somehow straightforward and elliptical at the same time. He was well into his eighties when these poems were written, and the awareness of having little time left pervades this book. But I love "December Morning," which begins,How did I come to this late happinessas I wake into my remaining daysI'm looking forward to rereading these poems.