Separation Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.

— W. S. Merwin

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Your absence has gone through me

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We are asleep with compasses in our hands.

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Now all my teachers are dead except silence.

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Of course there is nothing the matter with the stars It is my emptiness among them While they drift farther away in the invisible morning

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After an age of leaves and feathers someone dead thought of the mountain as money and cut the trees that were here and the wind and the rain at night. It is hard to say it.

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Modern poetry, for me, began not in English at all but in Spanish, in the poems of Lorca.

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I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring.

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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.

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This is what I have heard at last the wind in December lashing the old trees with rain unseen rain racing along the tiles under the moon wind rising and falling wind with many clouds trees in the night wind.

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We are the echo of the future.

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I'm very pessimistic about the future of the human species.

We have been so indifferent to life on the whole that it will take its toll. It's not just the polar bears that are having a hard time; what we're doing is gradually impoverishing and poisoning the whole of the rest of life.

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To say what or where we came from has nothing to do with what or where we came from. We do not come from there any more, but only from each word that proceeds out of the mouth of the unnamed. And yet sometimes it is our only way of pointing to who we are.

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About W. S. Merwin

Quotes 56 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Send me out into another life lord because this one is growing faint I do not think it goes all the way

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The moment we turn over the soil we start poisoning it and we go on poisoning it all the way through... and there's probably not a river in the United States that doesn't have pesticide poisoning in it. The fish are dying. The seas are getting polluted. All of these things are happening. The rain forests are going. That's what the context is.

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I wouldn't be happy about being considered a love poet or an environmental - I don't want any of those tags.

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I needed my mistakes in their order to get me here

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We're losing a species every few seconds.

We cannot put them back. If we change our mind and say, 'Oops, we made a mistake' - it's too late. This is the world we live with.

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Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.

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Through all of youth I was looking for you without knowing what I was looking for

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You grieve Not that heaven does not exist but That it exists without us

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So this is what I am Pondering his eyes that could not Conceive that I was a creature to run from I who have always believed too much in words

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I also think that life itself is both indifferent to us and the source of all of our joys and everything that we love. And it's necessary to accept the one in order to love the other.

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My cradle was a shoe.

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Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop. You've got to stop what you're doing, what you're thinking, and what you're expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it takes.

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On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree

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To succeed [,] consider what is as though it were past, deem yourself inevitable and take credit for it. If you no longer believe, enlarge the temple.

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The global warming is going on. These are not single cases. These are all part of a general way we've been looking at the world. As long as we look at the world that way it's going to go on. Because the idea that the important thing is for some people get rich while the rest of the people work for them is very deeply dug in...

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I have with me all that I do not knowI have lost none of it.

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We are not born to survive. Only to live.

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My words are the garment of what I shall never be Like the tucked sleeve of a one-armed boy.

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From what we cannot hold the stars are made.

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Poetry is a way of looking at the world for the first time.

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come back believer in shade believer in silence and elegance believer in ferns believer in patience believer in the rain

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What you remember saves you.

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Certain words now in our knowledge we will not use again, and we will never forget them. We need them. Like the back of the picture.

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If there'd been a better-balanced society, where there were other ways of making a decent living, I think it might have been different. That's not the way this setup work.

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I think there's a kind of desperate hope built into poetry that one really wants, hopelessly, to save the world. One is trying to say everything that can be said for the things that one loves while there's still time.

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The attempt to live that way, the attempt to treat everybody - it fails all the time - but the attempt to treat people as equals is a good attempt. It's a very good attempt. And there have been very few governments that have come anywhere near it in the past. The Greeks began to, the Romans began to - they both failed.

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There are poets who believe that you shouldn't engage at all in any cause.

And there's something to be said for that. Because you don't want to - I think most political poetry is very bad. And it's very bad because you know too much to start with. You have a sense that you're right, and you're trying to tell other people what's right. And I think that's always kind of fundamentalism, and I don't like it.

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Through all of youth I was looking for you without knowing what I was looking for part memory part distance remaining mine in the ways that I learn to miss you from what we cannot hold the stars are made.

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What I really believe is the only hopeful relation between our life and the whole of life is one of reverence and respect and of feeling at one with it. The other attitude which is the one our society is based on is devastating and it is killing the earth and it is killing us too.

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Politically it would be terribly repressive to prevent people from having as many children as they want. But something's got to prevent it; and it won't be pleasant... We're still behaving in ways that have become disastrous... I don't think this helps us to survive... We're very species-centric... and now exist at the expense of every other form of life on Earth.

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There are aspects of human life that are not purely destructive, and there is a need to pay attention to the things around us while they are still around us. And you know, in a way, if you don't pay that attention, the anger is just bitterness.

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we travel far and fast and as we pass through we forget where we have been

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The story of each stone leads back to a mountain.

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Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to me

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If you can't bear what's happening to the natural world, if you can't bear the way we treat each other; if you can't bear wars, you just can't bear the whole idea of war, which is possibly unavoidable. But still, you resist it. Because you just hate our treating each other that way and causing that suffering.

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Laughter was the shape the darkness took around the first appearance of the light.

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There is part of a structure in which every species is related to every other species. And they're built up on species, like a pyramid. The simpler cell organisms, and then the more complicated ones, all the way up to the mammals and birds and so forth. We call it 'developing upward'... The whole thing depends on every part of it. And we're taking out the stones from the pyramid.

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