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The beforelife : poems

Author: Franz Wright
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wright, Franz, 1953-
Beforelife.
New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001
(OCoLC)606484282
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Franz Wright
ISBN: 0375411542 9780375411540 0375709436 9780375709432
OCLC Number: 44426841
Description: ix, 75 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Empty Cathedral --
Prescription --
Translation --
November 14 --
Memoir --
Written with a Baseball Bat-Sized Pencil --
Not Now --
The Dead Dads --
The Midnight Snack --
I'm Sorry --
The Ascent of Midnight --
Body Bag --
The Beforelife --
Thanks Prayer at the Cove --
Accepting an Award --
Address Search --
Based on a Prayer of Rabi'a al-Adawiyya --
First Encounter/The City --
The Neighbor --
The Wedding --
Entry & Prayer --
The Poem Said --
New Page --
Doing a Line of Olga Broumas --
Communion --
After Apollinaire --
I for One --
Description of Her Eyes --
Tibetans Raped by Chinese Robots --
From a Discarded Image --
Self-Portrait at 40 --
Scrolling Marquee --
Bathtub Improv --
Resurrection: Elegy --
Simultaneous Sentences --
Goodbye --
Slander --
Aesthetic --
When You See Fame Coming Run --
The Speaker --
Church --
Commercial for Absence --
Thinking of France --
The Way We Look to Them --
The Miracle --
Request --
Homage --
To a Blossoming Nut Case --
Learning a Language --
Fine Print --
Primogeniture --
Moving --
Planting --
PC Lullaby --
Dying Thought Near the Summit --
Empty Stage --
Clarification --
Nothingsville, MN.
Responsibility: by Franz Wright.
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"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"--Publisher description.

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