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Published Books

Book cover for Flares (White Pine Press).
Book cover for Flares (White Pine Press).

Flares (Available Now)

Flares is the improvised travel record of a poet haunted by history, who documents what he discovers in foreign lands with an exacting and hallucinatory eye. Composed in transit, on diplomatic missions to scores of countries, Flares will endure in the reader's imagination as a series of signals in the night, illuminating the hidden corners of our time here on earth.


"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, 2010 United States Poet Laureate and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Self-Portrait with Dogwood (2017)

Self-Portrait with Dogwood is no ordinary memoir but rather the work of a traveler who has crisscrossed the globe. Merrill provides new ways of thinking about personal history, the environment, politics, faith, and the power of the written word.

Boat (2013)

Boat records a series of passages over a decade, employing varied formal strategies: meditations and fantasias, prose poems and versets, lyric sequences and narratives, translations and ghazals.

Necessities (2013)

Necessities is a book of prose poetry as well as a meditation on the deepest promptings of the spirit that could be discovered through language.

The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War (2011)

"Part travelogue, part meditation, part literary pilgrimage, The Tree of the Doves offers an original vision of nation, of art, and of the sacred." -Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood

After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (2016)

After the Fact is a lively and imaginative conversation between two legendary poets. Marvin Bell, writing from Iowa City and Port Townsend, and Christopher Merrill, writing from around the world, give us an intimate look into collaboration at its best.

Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain (2005)

If you were a poet returning from war-ravaged Yugoslavia with a marriage on the rocks and credit-card companies after you, where would you go to get away from it all? Christopher Merrill’s choice, several times between 1998 and the millennium’s eve, was Mount Athos.

–Matthew Spencer, The Spectator, April 24, 2004

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World (2015)

A dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world.



Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” with a Complete Commentary (2016)

One of the most distinguished critics in Whitman studies, Ed Folsom, and one of the nation's most prominent writers and literary figures, Christopher Merrill, carry on a dialog with Whitman, and with each other as they invite readers to enter into the conversation about how the poem develops, moves, improvises, and surprises. 

If My Tongue Refuses to Remain in My Mouth (2018)

Sunwoo Kim's debut collection of poems, If My Tongue Refuses to Remain in My Mouth, appeared in 2000, declaring in the boldest terms that at the outset of the new millennium she would bring to the page a radically different conception of poetry.