MAUI POET W.S. MERWIN EARNS PULITZER

April 21, 2009, 2:50 PM HST · Updated April 23, 10:13 AM
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Poet and Maui resident, W.S. Merwin earned a second Pulitzer, this time for his recent publication entitled “The Shadow of Sirius.”

Poet and Maui resident, W.S. Merwin earned a second Pulitzer, this time for his recent publication entitled “The Shadow of Sirius.” Photo courtesy: Pulitzer

Poet and Maui resident, W.S. Merwin earned a second Pulitzer, this time for his recent publication entitled “The Shadow of Sirius.” The work is described as a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.  Merwin was awarded $10,000 for the accomplishment.  The poet was born in New York City and is the son of a Presbyterian minister.  A separate publication released in 1998 entitled “The Folding Cliffs,” became popular in the islands in part because of its setting on Kauai and fictional account of a 19th Century Hawaiian story.

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