TV: Maui poet on PBS tonight

Jun. 30, 2011 | 0 Comments


National poet laureate W.S. Merwin. (Courtesy photo)

National poet laureate W.S. Merwin of Maui discusses his upbringing, his literary and philosophical influences and his kinship with the Hawaiian culture in a one-hour interview with Leslie Wilcox at 8:30 p.m. tonight on PBS Hawaii, with an encore at 11 p.m.

“A Conversation with America’s Poet Laureate: W.S. Merwin” includes a tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s home in Haiku, where he and his wife, Paula, tend to a collection of endangered palms.

“Set against the lush, serene background of his Maui home, Merwin expounds on the meaning of language and the practical purpose that poetry serves for humankind, sharing his own poems from various stages in his career,” according to PBS Hawaii.

The local station has submitted the program to American Public Television for national distribution.

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