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“CD Wright’s is a poetry of Southern mountain vision brought to the streets in a language of brilliant synaesthesia, colloquial warmth and laconic wit. These are unpredictable poems of jazz, dreams, domestic violence and ‘what is written on mirrors in Louisville.’ The territory is uniquely Wright’s, but borders that of James Agee and Diane Arbus: common, strange and filled with risk. Throughout these poems there is a saxophone playing and a poignant voice making sense.” ― Carolyn Forché
“Images rise from these poems like startled birds flushed from the field. What we have is the courage of a writer with and against the sad voices, and that original language of a faith in faith. This is the fluent reverie, a long drug of feeling, taking us to places and things seen clearly and with grace.” ― Norman Dubie
“The dramatic and emotional vitality of CD Wright’s language, the authenticity and daring of her tone and speech, make her poems, one after the other, surprising, outrageous, exciting, moving, funny. She incorporates naturally the bitterness, loneliness and humor of the world and tradition of the blues―passionate, disappointed, violent, awry. Her voice and her talent are genuine and unmistakable. They give heart.” ― W. S. Merwin
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Book Description Albany, State University of New York Press., 1982. 15.5 cm x 23.5 cm. 83 pages. Original hardcover in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Includes for example the following poems: Pontoons / Two Accounts From The Imaginary War / Falling Beasts / The Beautiful Urinals of Paris / Run For The Roses / Alla Breve Loving / The Secret Life Of Musical Instruments / Listening To A Brown Eyed Man / Livelihoods Of Freaks And Poets Of The Western World etc. C.D. Wright was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of a judge and a court reporter. She published over a dozen books, including ShallCross (2016); One With Others (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award; Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008); Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems (2007); and Tremble (1996). She also provided the text to two book collaborations with photographer Deborah Luster: One Big Self: An Investigation (2003), which documents Louisiana inmates; and The Lost Road Project (1994), a walk-in exhibit of Arkansas. She also published several book-length poems, including the critically acclaimed Deepstep Come Shining(1998). Two most recent books include The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All (2016) and ShallCross (forthcoming, 2016). Wright's writing has been described as experimental, Southern, socially conscious, and elliptical; as a volume of selected poems, Steal Away demonstrates how Wright has not cleaved to any one voice or form but continues to evolve her style. As poet and critic Joel Brouwer asserts, "Wright belongs to a school of exactly one," and Wright herself pointed out the contradictions inherent in her work: "I'm country but sophisticated. I'm particular and concrete, but I'm probing another plane. . There are many times when I want to hammer the head. Other times I want to sleep on the hammer." Though her work is deeply connected to the Ozarks, Wright spent significant periods in New York and San Francisco before moving in 1983 to Rhode Island, where she taught at Brown University. With her husband, poet Forrest Gander, she founded and ran Lost Roads Press for over 20 years. Among her honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Robert Creeley Award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. "Poetry is a necessity of life," Wright said. "It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so."(Poetry Foundation). Seller Inventory # 72287AB