April is Poetry Month at Bloedel
Bloedel Reserve will welcome the return of inspirational, healing, and thought-provoking poetry along the trails in celebration of Poetry Month. Curated by Linda Bierds, David Guterson, and Laura Counsel, the panels prompt visitors to pause, take notice, and experience the garden in a new way. To honor W.S. Merwin’s 90th birthday and his contributions to literature and environmentalism, you will find a sprinkling of his work throughout the garden.
April 1 – 30, 2017
All throughout the grounds
Viewing of the exhibit is included in the price of admission.
About W.S. Merwin
Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin has a career that has spanned six decades. A poet, translator, gardener, and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America.
In addition to his over fifty books of poetry, prose, and translation, Merwin has stewarded a 19-acre plot of land on the island of Maui since 1977. In an essay, Merwin writes, “I had long dreamed of having a chance, one day, to try to restore a bit of the earth’s surface that had been abused by human “improvement.” I loved the wind-swept ridge, empty of the sounds of machines, just as it was, with its tawny, dry grass waving in the wind of late summer… I have been asked fairly often how I came to care about living things that are not human—for all that is commonly referred to as “nature.” There is a suggestion, sometimes, that a sympathy of that kind is somehow exxentric. Such use of the word “nature” seems to refer to something apart from “us.” Yet the sympathy seems to me natural, even if the overt first impulse of living organ – isms is rarely generous. I cannot remember a time when I did not feel that attraction, that delight in lives that were not human.”