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A Short History of the Shadow: Poems

Wright, Charles

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ISBN 10: 0374263027 / ISBN 13: 9780374263027
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Wright has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and other commendations for his work. He was recently chosen to replace Natasha Trethewey as US Poet Laureate. Unread, as new in like DJ. 79 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 7790

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Title: A Short History of the Shadow: Poems

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Luminous new poems from the author of "The Appalachian Book of the Dead"

Landscape, as Wang Wei says, softens the sharp edges of isolation.
Don't just do something, sit there.
And so I have, so I have,
the seasons curling around me like smoke,
Gone to the end of the earth and back without a sound.
-"Body and Soul II"

This is Charles Wright's first collection of verse since the completion of his Appalachian Book of the Dead, the trilogy of trilogies hailed as one "among the great long poems of the century" (James Longenbach, Boston Review). Wright speaks in these poems with characteristic charm, restlessness, and wit, writing again and again, "I sit where I always sit," only to reveal himself in a new setting every time. In A Short History of the Shadow Wright's return to the landscapes of his early work finds his art resilient in a world haunted by death and the dead.

About the Author:

Charles Wright has won, among other honors, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Academy of American Poets' 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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