Christopher Merrill

(24 February 1957 -)

Christopher Merrill
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Christopher Merrill is an American poet, essayist, journalist and translator. Currently, he serves as director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He led the initiative that resulted in the selection of Iowa City as a UNESCO City of Literature, a part of the Creative Cities Network. In 2011, he was appointed to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Life and career

He was educated at Middlebury College and the University of Washington. He has published four collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has also published translations, ... more »

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  • Rookie - 20 Points Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (7/1/2013 2:34:00 PM)

    Christopher Merrill's poems are gems of poetic literature. We enjoy the verve and the choicest diction of his poems. He moves, motivates and mesmerises. Kudos for his poems here.
    Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee

  • Rookie - 20 Points Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee (7/1/2013 2:32:00 PM)

    Christopher Merill's poems are gems of poetic literature.
    They move and mesmerise any poetic minded readers. They provoke them to thoughts. The choicest diction of the poems show the greatness of the poet's perception and the nice pattern of his poems.

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A Boy Juggling a Soccer Ball

after practice: right foot
to left foot, stepping forward and back,
to right foot and left foot,
and left foot up to his thigh, holding
it on his thigh as he twists
around in a circle, until it rolls
down the inside of his leg,
like a tickle of sweat, not catching
and tapping on the soft
side of his foot, and juggling
once, twice, three times,
hopping on one foot like a jump-roper
in the gym, now trapping
and holding the ball in midair,
balancing it on the instep
of his weak left foot, stepping forward
and forward and back, ...

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