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Necessities (2013)

"Merrill is one of the most gifted, audacious, and accomplished poets of an extraordinary rich generation. His range of sympathy, subject, and tone has always been prodigious."—W. S. Merwin


Necessities is a meditation on the deepest promptings of the spirit that could be discovered through language. Influenced by his reading of Kafka, Calvino, Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz, Charles Simic, James Tate, and other explorers of the marvelous, these poems are parables, which, with any luck, deepen with each reading.


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"Merrill's deeply felt "necessities"—for honesty in the face of lies, for political justice, for a clear-eyed view of the world we now live in are all the more compelling because of the way they come to us joined to their opposites, to what appears to be disconnected from the space they occupy..." Click here to read the rest of this review for Merrill's newest book.