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John Freeman

John Freeman is the author of Dictionary of the Undoing (FSG, 2019) and several other books, including Maps (Copper Canyon, 2017), a collection of poems. The founder of the literary annual Freeman’s, he is artist in residence at New York University. His latest books are Tales of Two Planets (Penguin, 2020), an anthology of new writing on climate change and inequality, and The Park (Copper Canyon, 2020), a collection of poems. His work has been translated into over twenty languages.



March 2, 2020 | Poetry

What if each time
you caused pain
a small, round stone
was put in your pocket
pebbles for inducing

Song of the Song

March 2, 2020 | Poetry

I wish we were living
a story of desire, but
I don’t feel Odysseus 
beating out his tale
of longing at the oars

The Gargantuan Arm

March 2, 2020 | Poetry

Let us remember liberty was not popular,
six years it took Laboulaye to convince
Bartholdi a gigantic statue was 
what New York harbor needed. Eleven
years later

Witness This

Summer 2014 | Poetry

Every April we unsheathed sofa cushions from their glassy wrappers,
perched tea on our laps, and became an audience for his four-decade

The Collected Poems of W. S. Merwin (two-volume set). Edited by J. D. McClatchy. Library of America, 2013. 1531p. HB, $75.

W. S. Merwin, the Eternal Apprentice

Fall 2013 | Criticism

Merwin's awesome range, intensity, and feral strangeness are evident in a new two-volume Library of America edition, beautifully edited by J. D. McClatchy. Nearly 1,500 pages in all, it represents an oeuvre so large as to make Robert Lowell’s prodigious output seem puny.