A Review of W.S. Merwin’s The Lice, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition for NYJB

No book has more to say about our times than W.S. Merwin’s, The Lice. I was honored to have the opportunity to review the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, published by Copper Canyon Press, for the New York Journal of Books. Here is an excerpt of the review:

In this fiftieth anniversary edition, there exists the opportunity to access Merwin’s writings created in such tumultuous times, yet along with the reading of this volume is the eerie sense that his poems are particularly suited to the current condition of our world. So well-matched, in fact, that someone not familiar with the background of The Lice will see the poems’ statements as relevant to the unfolding of the political and socioeconomic dynamics that daily are unveiled across the media, worldwide. Look at the second stanza of Merwin’s poem, “The Last One”:

 

Well they cut everything because why not.

Everything was theirs because they thought so.

It fell into its shadows and they took both away.

Some to have some for burning.

 

Click here to read the review at NYJB.

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About Brucearlenwasserman

Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript at the age of seventeen and farmed and worked as a blacksmith in his twenties. He received a BA in Mass Communications from Winona State University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His literary career has spanned work in news and periodicals, as a freelancer and an editor. His publications include a 2011 poetry collection, An Undiscovered Country (Horace Simerman Literary Press). His poem, “The Wet on Milan Street,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem, “Elegy for My Father,” was chosen for inclusion in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, 2017, and his short story, “The Almost Living,” was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. His Poem, "Louisiana Life" will appear in the Spring/Summer, 2018 edition of the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Bruce is a Literary Critic for the New York Journal of Books and the Washington Independent Review of Books, creates visual art as a potter, performs as a musician in a band, works with horses and is a dentist in clinical practice.
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