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Book Title: Earlier Poems|
The author of the book: Franz Wright
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Date of issue: March 25th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780307265661
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It's so much fun to read these early poems and think of them in comparison to some of Wright's later work like . Some of them, for me, read like Rilke translations. Here are some of my favorite lines:
And I turn my face from that awful forgiveness.
large house gliding slowly through town on a platform a foot off the ground
And how much courage it requires to get up in the morning and dress yourself. Nobody congratulates you!
until the jewels roll out of my eyes.
Under anesthesia I walk along a sunflower field I know of
The poem seeks not to depict a place but to become one—
You're dead, but look who's talking.
What am I? A skull biting its fingernails, a
One of the most bothersome things about the mad: they are so often right.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Vienna, Franz Wright is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Walking to Martha's Vineyard (Knopf 2003) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His newest collections, God’s Silence, and Earlier Poems were published by Knopf in, 2006 & 2007. Wright’s other books include The Beforelife (2001), Ill Lit: New and Selected Poems (1998), Rorschach Test (1995), The Night World and the Word Night (1993), and Midnight Postscript (1993). Mr. Wright has also translated poems by René Char, Erica Pedretti, and Rainer Maria Rilke. He has received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, as well as grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wright has taught in many colleges and universities, including Emerson College and the University of Arkansas. He is currently the writer-in-residence at Brandeis. He has also worked in a mental health clinic in Lexington, Massachusetts, and as a volunteer at the Center for Grieving Children.
Franz Wright, son of the poet James Wright, began writing when he was very young. At 15, he sent one of his poems to his absentee father, who wrote back, “You’re a poet. Welcome to hell.” James and Franz Wright are the only father and son to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In a short essay on writing, Franz writes, “Think of it: a writer actually possesses the power to alter his past, to change what was once experienced as defeat into victory and what was once experienced as speechless anguish into a stroke of great good fortune or even something approaching blessedness, depending upon what he does with that past, what he makes out of it.” Charles Simic has characterized Wright as a poetic miniaturist, whose "secret ambition is to write an epic on the inside of a matchbook cover." Time and again, Wright turns on a dime in a few brief lines, exposing the dark comedy and poignancy of his heightened perception.
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