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The Beforelife

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In this stunning collection, Franz Wright chronicles the journey back from a place of isolation and wordlessness. After a period w... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

In this stunning collection, Franz Wright chronicles the journey back from a place of isolation and wordlessness. After a period when it seemed certain he would never write poetry again, he speaks with bracing clarity about the twilit world that lies between madness and sanity, addiction and recovery. Wright negotiates the precarious transition from illness to health in a state of skeptical rapture, discovering along the way the exhilaration of love--both divine and human--and finding that even the most battered consciousness can be good company. Whether he is writing about his regret for the abortion of a child, describing the mechanics of slander (I can just hear them on the telephone and keening all their kissy little knives), or composing an ironic ode to himself (To a Blossoming Nut Case), Wright's poems are exquisitely precise. Charles Simic has characterized him 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. Here is one of the poems from the collection:Description of Her EyesTwo teaspoonfuls,and my mind goeseveryone can kiss my ass now--then it's changed,I change my mind.Eyes so sad, and infinitely kind.From the Hardcover edition.

Autorentext

Franz Wright, the son of the poet James Wright, was born in Vienna in 1953 and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and northern California. His most recent works include Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems and an expanded edition of translations entitled The Unknown Rilke. He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Elizabeth.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Beforelife
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EAN: 9780307554574
ISBN: 978-0-307-55457-4
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Genre: Lyrik, Dramatik
Anzahl Seiten: 96
Veröffentlichung: 24.02.2010
Jahr: 2010
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.7 MB