w stanley merwin quotes - 10 of
Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Where he gets his spirits
It's a mystery. But the stuff keeps him musical:
Their witless offspring flock like piped rats to its siren ...
Value is the most invincible and impalpable of ghosts, and comes and goes unthought of while the visible and dense matter remains
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.
Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
who should moor at his edge
And fare on afoot would find gates of no gardens, ...
The sea curling,
Star-climbed, wind-combed, cumbered with itself still ...
This is the black sea-brute bulling through wave-wrack,
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