Examine the life and work of the poet laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and environmental activist who has dedicated himself to preserving and regenerating native plants at his home on Maui.
In his more than fifty year career, William S. Merwin has received nearly every major award for poetry, including two Pulitzer prizes. He has traveled widely and lived in Europe, but since the late seventies Haiku, Maui has been his home. It is also where he found an affinity for native Hawaiian culture and where he crafted a mythical, Hawaiian narrative. He talks to Leslie about how his love for words began as a child, when his mother would read to him. He also reads from some of his poetry collections.
Here is a clip from Even Though the Whole World Is Burning: The Wildness Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings, however, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship he embodies.
What do we lose when a language dies What does it take to save a language Poet Bob Holman travels to a remote island off the coast of Australia to visit aboriginal people who speak 10 different languages; Wales, where Welsh is making a comeback; and Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to preserve their native […]