London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1956. First Edition. SIGNED by W.S. Merwin on a previous owner's bookplate affixed to the half title. Merwin's third book of poetry and the first one to be published in Britain, featuring poems written between 1953 and 1955. 8vo., 85 pages. Near Fine, with edges of boards lightly sunned and spine head bumped, in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket that has some fading to the edges. The jacket contains the yellow "Poetry Book Society Choice" wraparound band. In addition, the Poetry Book Society Bulletin of September 1956, with an article by Merwin, is loosely laid in. SCARCE signed and with the wraparound band and Poetry Book Society Bulletin. Item #841
In his article, W.S. Merwin thanks the Poetry Book Society for selecting his book and discusses his writing. Interestingly, he says he doesn't like writing about poetry. "This is both an intellectual distaste, and something which amounts to a physical aversion. Above all, I do not like trying to generalize about Poetry, on the one hand, or to say something about my own poems, on the other."