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What is a Garden?

By: William S Merwin(Author), Larry Cameron(Illustrator)
What is a Garden?
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  • What is a Garden? ISBN: 9781611175677 Hardback Dec 2015 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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Poet and environmentalist Merwin, W. S. moved to Hawaii in 1976 and has spent the last thirty years planting nineteen acres with more than eight hundred species of palm, creating a lush, sustainable forest on a former pineapple plantation built atop a dormant volcano on the island of Maui. Now the Merwin Conservancy, this land has served as Merwin's muse and his passion, appearing as a consistent subject of his poems and his germinal essays on conservation. What Is a Garden? collects eight of Merwin's poems and three of his essays emblematic of his palm garden writings from the 1980s to the present and presents them alongside photographer Larry Cameron's spectacular images of Merwin's garden, all taken between 2013 and 2014. These photographs lure readers deep into the vast expanse of Merwin's palm garden and offer unprecedented glimpses into this private exotic landscape as a visual feast for the viewer, rich with insights into the spirit of the place that has most directly inspired Merwin's garden poetry.

Cameron first met Merwin in the 1990s while working on a documentary film about Merwin's tropical garden. The friendship that grew between the two artists of different genres continues to this day. What Is a Garden? also includes a new introduction by Merwin chronicling his personal history with his palm garden, Cameron's photographer's note on his friendship with the poet and his inspiration for this collection, and an identification guide to the plants featured in What Is a Garden?.

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W. S. Merwin is the author and translator of more than fifty books. He is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and winner of a National Book Award, a Tanning Prize, a PEN Translation Prize, a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and other honours. His most recent books are The Moon before Morning, The Shadow of Sirius, The Book of Fables, and Present Company.

Larry Cameron is a former staff member of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the University of South Carolina. His nature photographs have been published in Audubon, Sierra, Outside, and Wilderness, as well as locally in South Carolina Wildlife, Sandlapper, and Riverbanks magazines.

By: William S Merwin(Author), Larry Cameron(Illustrator)
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