W.S. Mer­win show de­buts in Chicago

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The new Amer­i­can Writ­ers Mu­seum in Chicago opened its doors Tues­day with “Palm: All Awake in the Dark­ness,” an art in­stal­la­tion about the gar­den and po­etry of Maui res­i­dent W.S. Mer­win. De­signed by Su­san­nah Sayler and Ed­ward Mor­ris, the ex­hibit in­cludes liv­ing palms, a video and sound de­sign fea­tur­ing po­etry by Mer­win, Naomi Shi­hab Nye, Ezra Pound and oth­ers, and a tra­di­tional Hawai­ian chant re­cited by Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kana­hele. View­ers en­ter through a model of the shade house in which Mer­win and wife Paula cul­ti­vated palms for the gar­den they be­gan more than 30 years ago. Mer­win com­posts let­ters from his read­ers, us­ing them to en­rich the soil, and “Palm” visi­tors can write notes to be planted in Mer­win’s gar­den in Haiku.

“Palm” runs through Septem­ber at 180 N. Michi­gan Ave. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit amer­i­can­writ­ersmu­seum.org.

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