In Poetry News: Ada Limón, W.S. Merwin, & Lawrence Ferlinghetti

It’s been a big month for poetry news! Ada Limón won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award for her most recent collection, The Carrying, and delivered a beautiful, moving acceptance speech.

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