San Francisco poet and legendary founder of City Lights bookstore Lawrence Ferlinghetti celebrated his 100th birthday this month, with festivities that included being serenaded from the street, a party in the bookstore, the publication of his new autobiographical novel, and the mayor declaring March 24th Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day.
In sadder news, the poetry world also lost W.S. Merwin, a giant in 20th century American poetry, at age 91. An accomplished poet, after winning the Pulitzer prize in 1971 for his book The Carrier of Ladders, Merwin donated the monetary winnings to antiwar causes.
You can find a selection of their poetry at the links below:
The Last Thing by Ada Limón
What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use by Ada Limón
Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón
Wife by Ada Limón
A New National Anthem by Ada Limón
I Am Waiting by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
People Getting Divorced by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Sometime During Eternity. . . by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
For the Anniversary of My Death by W.S. Merwin
The Animals by W.S. Merwin
For a Coming Extinction by W.S. Merwin