James Wright

A Life in Poetry

Author: Jonathan Blunk

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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The authorized and sweeping biography of one of America’s most complex, influential, and enduring poets In the extraordinary generation of American poets who came of age in the middle of the twentieth century, James Wright (1927–1980) was frequently placed at the top of the list. With a fierce, single-minded devotion to his work, Wright escaped the steel town of his Depression-era childhood in the Ohio valley to become a revered professor of English literature and a Pulitzer Prize winner. But his hometown remained at the heart of his work, and he courted a rough, enduring muse from his vivid memories of the Midwest. A full-throated lyricism and classical poise became his tools, honesty and unwavering compassion his trademark. Using meticulous research, hundreds of interviews, and Wright’s public readings, Jonathan Blunk’s authorized biography explores the poet’s life and work with exceptional candor, making full use of Wright’s extensive unpublished work—letters, poems, translations, and personal journals. Focusing on the tensions that forced Wright’s poetic breakthroughs and the relationships that plunged him to emotional depths, Blunk provides a spirited portrait, and a fascinating depiction of this turbulent period in American letters. A gifted translator and mesmerizing reader, Wright appears throughout in all his complex and eloquent urgency. Discerning yet expansive, James Wright will change the way the poet’s work is understood and inspire a new appreciation for his enduring achievement.
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James Wright

The Heart of the Light

Author: Peter Stitt,Frank Graziano

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472064038

Category: Poetry

Page: 425

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Collects the finest critical writing on one of the masters of American poetry
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A Wild Perfection

The Selected Letters of James Wright

Author: James Wright

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429998734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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The life and work of a major American poet described in his own words. "There is something about the very form and occasion of a letter--the possibility it offers, the chance to be as open and tentative and uncertain as one likes and also the chance to formulate certain ideas, very precisely--if one is lucky in one's thoughts," wrote James Wright, one of the great lyric poets of the last century, in a letter to a friend. A Wild Perfection is a compelling collection that captures the exhilarating and moving correspondence between Wright and his many friends. In letters to fellow poets Donald Hall, Theodore Roethke, Galway Kinnell, James Dickey, Mary Oliver, and Robert Bly, Wright explored subjects from his creative process to his struggles with depression and illness. A bright thread of wit, gallantry, and passion for describing his travels and his beloved natural world runs through these letters, which begin in 1946 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, the hometown he would memorialize in verse, and end in New York City, where he lived for the last fourteen years of his life. Selected Letters is no less than an epistolary chronicle of a significant part of the midcentury American poetry renaissance, as well as the clearest biographical picture now available of a major American poet.
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Collected Poems

Author: James Wright

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819569836

Category: Poetry

Page: 230

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A collection of authentic, profound and beautiful poems.
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The Poetry of James Wright

Author: Andrew Elkins

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817304966

Category: Poetry

Page: 273

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In The Poetry of James Wright the author traces Wright's formal evolution and concentrates on his consistent themes: the artist's role in society, the artist's search for poetic and personal identities, the power of poetry as fortification against the onslaughts of time, and the definition of a good and humane action. Charting the poet's evolution from his first book, The Green Wall, to the last collections, This Journey, Elkins discusses one major book I each chapter, explicating the more important poems in detail and explaining how each volume is part of a progression from youthful imitator to mature innovator. Wright's individual struggle, taking place as it did in the last half of the 20th century in America, dramatizes the central problems of the creative individual in a late industrial society who is trying to turn a life into are. Wright worked in the great tradition of the adamant individualists in our literary heritage, and, like all of his formidable ancestors, he refused to trust the socialized self he found attached to his soul, refused to be diminished or circumscribed by any society's definition of himself. The effect of reading and studying his complete work is the recognition that Wright is a major 20th century American poet whose apparent simplicity and occasional sentimentality can obscure the complexity and maturity of his courageous confrontation with the problems of living and writhing in contemporary America.
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Above the River

The Complete Poems

Author: James Wright

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374522820

Category: Poetry

Page: 432

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Poems deal with love, travel, myth, friendship, the past, the seasons, mortality, and language
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The Right Madness on Skye: Poems

Author: Richard Hugo

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393245268

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

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In an essay on Richard Hugo, the poet James Wright called him “one of the precious few poets of our age . . . who has, and sustains, an abiding vision.” Hugo took that vision to Skye with him: he makes Scottish history, legends, and “triggering towns” his own in these new poems, just as he has earlier done in poems of the American West. And in making them his own, he makes them our own as well. He continues to be, in Wright’s words, “a great poet, true to our difficult life.” In September of 1977 Richard Hugo and his family went to live for several months on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland. One of the results of that experience is this new and impressive volume of poems.
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Evidence

Poems

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807068984

Category: Poetry

Page: 74

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A new collection of forty-six works features deep explorations of such themes as the mysteries of life, love, and death, in a volume that investigates clues that can be found in the natural world and offers insight into the writer's use of unadorned language.
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Working Classics

Poems on Industrial Life

Author: Peter Oresick,Nicholas Coles

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252061332

Category: Poetry

Page: 269

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A diverse collection of 169 poems by 74 poets writing about blue- collar America at work. Arrangement is by author, with indexing that gives access by subjects such as accidents, after work, bosses, various industries, retirement, sabotage, pride in work. The theme of work is a central and evocative one, and this collection brings its importance home. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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