The Associated Press has announced the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes, and among the winners is W.S. Merwin, for his work “The Shadow of Sirius.” Reports the AP:
“This is the second Pulitzer for Merwin, whose writing career can be traced to the hymns he wrote as a child and who won in 1971 for ‘The Carrier of Ladders.’ The Princeton-educated son of a Presbyterian minister, Merwin has published more than 20 books of poetry and nearly as many works in translation from Latin, Spanish and French.
In 1976 he moved to Hawaii to study with a Zen Buddhist master. Since then, his work has been marked by his passionate commitment to Buddhism and environmentalism. The judges described the book as ‘a collection of luminous, often tender poems that focus on the profound power of memory.’”
Our congrats to him, and our thanks for his ongoingly beautiful work.